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October 2016 Archives

New regulations for overtime pay

Salaried restaurant employees in New York and around the nation are guaranteed time-and-a-half pay if they earn less than the exemption after working more than 40 hours a week. On Dec. 1, 2016, regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act will approximately double the exepmtion. The rule will raise the overtime threshold from $23,660 per year or $455 per week to $47,500 a year or $913 per week. Restaurant owners are expected to be in full compliance with the regulations.

Bathroom bans ruled workplace discrimination

New York residents may be interested to know that a Nevada school district was not allowed to prevent a transgender male police offer from using a men's restroom. According to an Oct. 4 ruling from a U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the ban was sexual discrimination against the officer. The decision backed the EEOC's interpretation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that transgender employees should use the bathroom that conforms to their chosen gender identity.

Fast food workers surveyed about sexual harassment

Many women who work in fast food restaurants in New York and around the country experience sexual harassment from coworkers, managers and customers. A study that was conducted by Hart Research Associates found that 40 percent of female fast food workers have been sexually harassed on the job, and many of those women feel like they have to put up with it to keep their jobs.

Survey: Nearly half of black youth face discrimination

Black youth in New York who are trying to find employment are likely to face discrimination. A new study shows that half of all black young people face job-related discrimination both in their work search as well as at their workplaces.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Employers in New York and around the country may be aware that the U.S. Department of Labor has designated October National Disability Employment Awareness Month. While allegations of sexual or racial harassment tend to receive the lion's share of the headlines dealing with workplace discrimination, data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reveals that about 30 percent of the workplace discrimination claims received by the agency in 2015 were filed by or on behalf of disabled workers.