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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

If your company uses interns, then you need to think through your policies on how (or whether) you pay them. Failure to do so could expose you to a potential lawsuit. Let’s say that you bring in a college student as an unpaid marketing intern for the summer. She is eager to gain professional experience […]

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New York Sick Leave Law 2020

Under New York State’s new sick leave law, employers must allow employers to begin accruing sick leave effective September 30, 2020. Employees, however, must wait until January 1, 2021, before they can use the time off. (New York City and Westchester County have their own Sick Leave laws). Employer Guidelines Employers with existing Paid Sick […]

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Is Your Employee an Employee?

“Freelancers” are now an established part of the workforce. Currently, there are 17 million independent contractors in the US, and 40 million if you count temporary workers, day laborers and part-time workers. And the number is growing. Freelancers can be a great solution for employers. Flexible “on demand” work Reduced payroll costs Reduced benefit costs […]

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How to Protect Your Business From Employee Lawsuits

Complying with complex employment laws and policies is confusing and time consuming.  Failure to do so can lead to lawsuits and other costly risks. Every company should conduct an annual compliance review of their handbook, general policies, procedures and documents.  Any questions that come up can be resolved and policies updated accordingly.  At Aspire, a […]

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7 Things You Need to Know About NY Paid Family Leave

Effective January 1, 2018, all companies with employees who work in New York State are covered under the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program.   PFL is designed to provide a substantial new benefit for employees.  At the same time, there are many legal compliance and administrative details to the new program.    Here are the 7 […]

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OT Rules and the Salaried Employee

The Department of Labor regulations regarding millions of salaried employees who are currently “exempt” from the overtime pay rule of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are as follows: Criteria to Be Considered Exempt From Overtime To qualify for exemption from the FLSA’s overtime requirements, an employee must be paid a minimum salary level (in 2020, […]