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Frank A. Cania

Nov 6, 2015

HR Connection: ‘Like’ it or not, employees are protected

One thing’s for sure, the National Labor Relations Board isn’t the most exciting topic, even for me. However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently made it a little more exciting. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The question of what, if any of an employee’s online activity can be protected speech has been with […]

Oct 5, 2015

HR Connection: FLSA’s ‘Suffer or Permit to Work’ standard alive and well

The Federal Department of Labor’s Wage-and-Hour Division has been very busy over the past several months, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Days after issuing its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding changes to the “White-collar” exemptions, an Administrator’s Interpretation was released, which provides guidance on whether a worker is an independent contractor […]

Aug 3, 2015

HR Connection: Proposed ‘white-collar’ exemptions; firsts in FLSA history

In June, I wrote an article in anticipation of the federal Department of Labor releasing its proposed changes to Part 541 of the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations; the so-called “white-collar” exemptions. When I wrote, “Updating the White-Collar Exemptions: A Call for Bold Action, But At What Cost?” my expectation, as well as those of […]

Jul 6, 2015

HR Connection: Fuzzy on NY’s medical marijuana law? You’re not alone

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 5, 2014, following weeks of closed-door negotiations between the governor and a number of legislators. With the signing of the act, New York became the 23rd state to enact a medical marijuana law. However, this is not your typical, “Dr. Dude … give […]

Apr 6, 2015

HR Connections: Updating the Dept. of Labor’s white collar exemptions

“Sometime in the spring … in the northern hemisphere.”  That was the answer federal Labor Secretary Thomas Perez gave when asked about the timing of his department’s proposal for updating the overtime exemption rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Given the announced timeline for the U.S. Department of Labor to issue the still-outstanding Notice […]

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