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Firms must provide tangible benefits to interns

Cash-strapped companies with bare-bones staffs may turn to unpaid college interns to help shoulder the load. But before these companies leap, they should look at the labor laws, as well as the ruling in a recent high-profile case. In a ...

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Property group meets

Guest speakers at the next meeting of the New York State Coalition of Property Owners and Businesses Inc. will be Gary Kirkmire, director of inspection and compliance for the city of Rochester, and Anne Peterson, apartment living columnist for the ...

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Women advocates won’t comment on scandal

ALBANY — Women’s rights advocates lobbying the Legislature to make all private sector employers subject to sexual harassment laws wouldn’t say if their effort conflicts with the handling of an Assembly scandal that skirted Albany’s rules. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

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Successful insurance fraud prosecutions cited

Partnerships between the state Department of Labor and various state district attorneys’ offices to prosecute unemployment insurance fraud cases returned nearly $1.9 million to the UI Trust Fund in 2012. Monroe County was among the highest, returning $134,724. Monroe County ...

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Court debates mixed-motive Title VII case

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to have mixed feelings about allowing an employee asserting a Title VII-based retaliation claim to prove that his complaint of discrimination was one motivating factor for the employer’s adverse action rather than ...

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Court: Employee allowed to be late to work

A federal court decided yesterday that an employer may have violated federal discrimination law for having the audacity to require an employee to show up for work on time. I guess next we’ll learn that it’s illegal to force an ...

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Growing push to halt workplace bullying

WASHINGTON — Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare. One day I didn’t do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face ...

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Buffalo workers’ wage claim is time-barred

A challenge by four Buffalo sanitation employees to a special authority set up in 2003 to deal with a financial crisis in the city has been dismissed. The seasonal workers, whose wages had been frozen as part of a cost-savings ...

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