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May 30, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would increase the salary threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the currently-enforced law, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Workers making at least this salary level may be exempt from overtime based on their job duties. This salary level was set back in 2004.

Under the current proposal, the exemption requirements would be subject to the following changes:

  • The minimum salary required for an employee to qualify as exempt from overtime would increase from the curre...

May 29, 2019

On April 1, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced amendments to New York State Election Law § 3-110. Effective immediately, employers must allow all employees who are registered voters up to three (3) hours of paid time off to vote during “any election” regardless of their schedule. The law no longer requires registered voters to have “sufficient time outside his [or her] working hours to vote.” The law still permits employers to designate whether the time off to vote should be taken at the beginning or end of the employee’s working shift. The employer and the employee may also mutually agree upon a different time during the employee’s working shift for the employee to vote. For example, the...

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