Category Archives: General

Does Investing In Your Workers Create Productivity?

While President Obama’s call to raise minimum wage still goes unanswered by Congress, companies such as Sam Adams believes in paying their employees well above minimum wage to increase productivity.  The Boston Beer Company has won more awards in international beer-tasting competitions than any other. The company has over 1,200 employees and all receive paid -->

Construction Employers Add 16,000 Jobs in September

Construction employers have added 16,000 jobs and the sector’s employment rate has fallen to 7%, the lowest for September in years, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Officials say the employment gains come as more firms report having a difficult time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions. -->

More Scams Sweeping the Hudson Valley

Two scams involving chimney sweeps and one involving Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., have been reported by multiple residents and businesses in the Hudson Valley region. Chimney cleaners are supposedly going door-to-door offering to clean their chimneys. Home contracting schemes are frequently aimed at seniors, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. Scammers will -->

When Workers Speak Up, What Happens to The Safety of the Workplace?

Last year, an upstate New York McDonald’s worker notified his supervisor of a gas leak in the building. When the supervisor did nothing, the fire department was called and the building was shut down for the night. The worker was fired.  The case demonstrates many aspects of today’s workplaces: the absence of job protections for -->

FREE 2-HOUR CLE ON JULY 24, 2014 IN GOSHEN, NY

“Representing Kinship Caregivers in Court” and “Survey of Kinship Legal Issues”WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 2014 Registration 12:00 p.m. : Program 12:30-2:30 p.m. WHERE: Orange County Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom 285 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 COURSE DESCRIPTION: There is a population of kinship caregivers (grandparents and other relatives) who are caring for other peoples’ children -->

Subway Leads Fast Food Industry in Underpaying Workers

When it comes to underpaying their employees, Subway takes first place in the food industry. Individual Subway franchises have been found in violation of pay and hour rules in more than 1,100 investigations ranging from 2000 to 2013, according to CNNMoney. These cases found that about 17,000 Fair Labor Standards Act violations resulted in franchisees -->

Are You Being Tricked into Agreeing to Arbitrate?

Sometimes as a consumer, we experience problems with a product that lead us to sue the manufacturer for providing a recalled or defective product. But are we being tricked into settling without even knowing we are doing just that?The New York Times recently reported that General Mills had quietly updated their privacy policy on their -->

OSHA Warns Companies after Rise in Cellphone Tower Deaths

OSHA has recently stated that cellphone tower contractors and the companies that hire them need to strictly comply with safety standards. The warning letter followed an increase in just the past year in fatalities among tower climbers, a job once called the most dangerous in the U.S. The agency is concerned about the possibility of -->

Williamsburg Recycling Facility Fined $40,000 in Heat-Related Death of Employee

A Williamsburg industrial recycling facility got hit with a $40,500 fine by the federal government after a worker collapses and died of heat-related causes last July. Cooper Tank Recycling, a transfer station on Maspeth Ave., was cited for 8 “serious health and safety” violations. OSHA launched an investigation after Aldero Cosme, 64, died from heat -->

Domino’s Delivery Workers Win $1.28 Million Fair Wage Settlement

Delivery workers of a Manhattan’s Domino’s franchise were awarded a $1.28 million settlement from the company. The Times reported that about 61 delivery workers participated in the suit, which argued that managers at the Domino’s they worked at flaunted overtime minimum wage laws. The franchise has agreed to a settlement that will award each worker -->