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Settlement in discrimination claim against Niagara Co.

BUFFALO — A settlement has been reached in an upstate New York corrections officer’s discrimination claim against Niagara County. The United States sued the county in 2013, claiming it discriminated against Carisa Boddecker when it forced her to take a ...

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Police union reaches $400K-plus settlement with village

EAST SYRACUSE — A village in central New York has reached a settlement that will pay former police officers a total of more than $400,000. Teamsters Local 317 filed a grievance against the Onondaga County village of East Syracuse, claiming ...

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NY gets Bon-Ton to change domestic violence policy

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general says retailer The Bon-Ton Stores has agreed to revise its policy toward employees who are domestic-violence victims and won’t require they have a protective court order to continue working. The attorney general’s office says ...

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Is your contractor independent or not?

Business owners who use independent contractors beware, particularly if you live in New York. The message that state politicians and bureaucrats have broadcast for years got ratcheted up recently after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in ...

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Hiring without risking religious discrimination

The impacts on employers of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision siding with a Muslim-American woman who was not hired by a national clothing chain store because she was wearing a headscarf will be discussed Tuesday during a lunchtime continuing ...

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Independent contractors not so independent

When employers use independent contractors instead of hiring employees, they avoid myriad costs, from payroll taxes to health insurance. But employers beware: In the current environment, your independent contractors are likely to be considered employees, and getting it wrong can ...

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Discrimination suit reinstated against national jewelry chain

A lawsuit involving 19 women in nine states alleging a nationwide practice of sex-based pay and promotion discrimination is being re-instated against a national jewelry chain. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday found the U.S. ...

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Advice for employers, employees about social media

As an employer, what avenues of social media can be used to learn about job applicants? Is an employee’s online comment (made on personal time from his home computer) about an employer protected under the National Labor Relations Act? How ...

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Outlawing impolite behavior at work: an ominous trend

On any given workday, we all deal with a wide spectrum of human behavior. At one time or another, we have all been on the giving and receiving ends of idiosyncratic — even uncomfortable — workplace conduct. A recent trend ...

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Supreme Court hears dispute over security check pay

WASHINGTON — Workers who fill customer orders for Internet retailer Amazon might be out of luck in their quest to be paid for time they spend going through security checkpoints each day. Several U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubts Wednesday ...

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Workers encouraged to blow the whistle

The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging physicians or employees of any type of healthcare company to call them at (866) 714-6466 if they have well-documented proof the company is overbilling Medicare. The reward potential for the information, as noted at ...

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Former Verizon employee’s discrimination suit re-instated

Verizon Communications Inc. will have to turn over documents regarding a 2007 reduction in staff a fired employee alleges was retaliation for discrimination claims she filed against a Verizon subsidiary. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ...

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