February 21, 2020

3 Rulings Show When Litigating Wage Claims Is Worth It

By  Valerie K. Ferrier, Partner and Head of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP   

Law360 (February 18, 2020, 5:18PM EST) --"Wage and hour cases present a particular threat to small businesses. The hospitality industry is especially vulnerable to these claims.

Aside from incurr...

January 6, 2020

MD News Article: Sexual Harassment Training: Are You in Compliance? By Valerie K. Ferrier - published in the January 2020 edition of MD News Long Island.


"Both New York State and New York City law now require annual sexual harassment training for all employees. The laws overlap and in some cases conflict, making proper implementation tricky for employers. The deadline for c...

July 22, 2019

As expected earlier this year, when Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, on Thursday the House voted to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour for a decade. Predictably, the measure passed along party lines, 231-199, with only three Republicans voting in favor, a...

June 25, 2019

Following the first public hearings on sexual harassment since the early 1990s, New York passed legislation enacting major changes and the potential for much greater liability for employers in the state. The law will apply to all employees and non-employees, such as independent contractors. The changes liberalize the State Human Rights Law (“HRL”) and harmonize parts of it...

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