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Scalia confirmed as secretary of labor

Scalia takes over a Department of Labor facing several important employment law issues.

Overtime threshold rising to $35,568 on Jan. 1

The white-collar overtime threshold will increase to $35,568 on Jan. 1, 2020, following approval of a final rule the Department of Labor says will make 1.2 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

EEOC says ‘boys will be boys’ defense doesn’t excuse harassment

Just because it’s a male-dominated, blue-collar worksite doesn’t give supervisors the green light for sexual comments and name calling.

Scalia wins committee nod to become secretary of labor

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted Sept. 24 to approve the nomination of Eugene Scalia to succeed Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor.

Google settles NLRB ‘free speech’ policy case

The settlement agreement calls for the company to revise its policies to clarify that employees are not prohibited from discussing workplace issues.

What should we do? Freelancer claims harassment

Q. We just got a complaint from one of our freelancers alleging she was sexually harassed while working in one of our facilities. What should we do? She’s not our employee.

Do we really have to install baby changing tables in our restrooms?

Q. I heard that there’s a new law in New York that requires providing baby changing tables in all bathrooms. Is that true? Why would my employees need changing tables?

Evolving landscape: Employer freedom vs. LGBT rights

In the courts and via the regulatory process, employers are slowly gaining the right to reject certain employees on the basis of their owners’ or officers’ religious convictions.

Keeping up with recent New York employment laws

You’re not alone if you feel as if the New York state legislature has been passing a new law affecting employers almost weekly. It has, and keeping up isn’t easy. Here are two recent changes.

EEOC nails polish factory for failure to accommodate

Kirker Enterprises, which operates a nail polish factory in Newburgh, N.Y., faces an EEOC lawsuit claiming that when the company took over the plant in 2015, it withdrew a successful accommodation that had been provided to a disabled employee.