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Nov 5, 2021

NY’s paid family leave to include care for siblings starting in 2023

New York's paid family leave will be extended to include care for siblings starting in 2023, but other provisions of the law are essentially unchanged.

Jan 11, 2016

High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour of oral arguments Monday, the high court’s conservative justices seemed likely to side with a […]

Jan 8, 2016

High court dispute over union fees could curb labor’s clout

WASHINGTON — The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the union. LaPorte and thousands of other public school teachers stopped contributing to the union after the state’s new right-to-work law took effect in 2013. Membership in the Michigan Education Association […]

Nov 18, 2015

City aims to give municipal workers $15

Rochester is moving to raise the minimum wage of municipal workers to $15 an hour. Mayor Lovely Warren was joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she announced the phased-in increase on Wednesday. Last week Cuomo said his administration would gradually increase the minimum wage for all state workers to $15. He wants to pass legislation […]

Oct 30, 2015

Survey: NY Gov. Cuomo’s $15 wage would cost schools millions

ALBANY — A survey of New York school districts has found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 will increase labor costs for public schools by millions of dollars. The New York State Association of School Business Officials released the findings on Friday. The group projects that more than 30,000 […]

Oct 19, 2015

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 July issued an updated guidance for employers to use to determine whether to classify their […]

Sep 12, 2015

US small businesses feel mixed impact from China’s economy

NEW YORK — China’s economic problems have been a windfall for some U.S. small businesses — and pose a threat to others. A nearly 40 percent plunge in the Shanghai stock market since mid-June, a response to the country’s weakening economy, has sent Chinese investors looking for safer investments. Some are focusing on U.S. real […]

Sep 12, 2015

NLRB ruling can hurt small business, groups say

A National Labor Relations Board ruling that modified the definition of an employer could hurt small businesses including franchises and subcontractors, according to industry groups that advocate for those companies. The NLRB decision Thursday came in a case involving waste management company Browning-Ferris Industries and a staffing company, Leadpoint Business Services, which supplied workers to [...]

Sep 10, 2015

Bill would close state contractors’ pay gap

A bill announced this week would require equal pay for equal work from companies that want to do business with the state of New York. The bill, drafted by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), would make companies submit equal pay reports – broken down by gender, race and ethnicity – […]

Sep 9, 2015

Sibley building to house high-tech start-ups

A historic department store in downtown Rochester will soon house high-tech business start-ups as part of an effort to revitalize the area’s economy. State officials announced Wednesday the start of the $24 million project at the Sibley building. The sixth floor of the former department store will house offices, conference rooms and laboratories space for […]

Aug 17, 2015

Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out

The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked an effort by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a setback to a labor movement that could have transformed the game. In a unanimous decision, the NLRB said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to […]

Aug 13, 2015

Social Security turns 80: Changes needed to save program

  As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government’s largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history. Relatively modest changes to taxes and benefits could still save it for generations of Americans to come, but Congress must act quickly, and even limited changes are politically difficult. The longer lawmakers […]

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