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Louis P. DiLorenzo (Editor)

New York Employment Law

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Louis P. DiLorenzo has practiced labor and employment law for 30 years and is co-chair of Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Labor and Employment Law Department. He is managing partner of the firm’s New York City and Garden City offices. Mr. DiLorenzo represents employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law. His areas of expertise include collective bargaining, workplace investigations, NLRB proceedings, labor audits, supervisory training, wage and hour issues, arbitration, jury trials in both state and federal courts, wage incentive plans, OFCCP audits and proceedings, employment litigation before the EEOC and the Human Rights Division and alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Always document why discipline differed

Here’s an important reminder for supervisors: Before terminating a worker, make sure you take the time to review previous disciplinary records. If you have not fired another employee for breaking the same rule, call a brief time-out.

3 lawsuit-proof alternatives to layoffs

With business slowing nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, many employers have already laid off staff, and many more fear they will have to do so soon. Before you commit to wholesale reductions-in-force, there are three alternatives worth considering.

Comply with the law when requiring employees to work overtime

In general, employers have the right to require employees to work overtime, as long as they are properly paid for the additional hours. However, that right is not unlimited.

Congressional Dems query JPMorgan about race bias

Following an article in The New York Times detailing apparent discrimination by the JPMorgan Chase bank against black clients, several Democratic members of Congress have requested specific information from CEO Jaime Dimon.

Long Island restaurants must serve up $365k in back pay

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has ordered the owners of three Long Island restaurants to pay 79 employees $365,000 in back pay and liquidated damages.

Telecommuting OK for some? Allow for pregnant staff, too

If working from home is an option for some of your employees, be sure to consider it a possible reasonable accommodation for pregnant women who have temporary restrictions.

Signed offer letter can bind worker to arbitration

If you use arbitration to resolve workplace disputes, you can bind new employees via a signed offer letter. Just make sure the letter states the basics, including what claims must be arbitrated.

Employee must actually ask employer for religious accommodations

An employer’s obligation to discuss reasonable religious accommodations isn’t triggered by a general complaint about scheduling. The employee must make a specific request for the religious accommodation so the employer can evaluate it.

Angry outbursts are inappropriate, but don’t always create hostile environment

Sometimes, supervisors lose their cool with a difficult subordinate. Fortunately, a few isolated incidents aren’t enough to create a hostile work environment.

Provide FMLA forms as soon as you suspect serious health condition

When an employee requests FMLA leave or even just asks about leave for a serious health condition, make sure you provide the proper FMLA forms. Never brush off such a request or tell him he doesn’t need to “apply” for FMLA leave.