There are certain rights and responsibilities entitled to both employees and employers in New York City. According to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), every worker in NYC regardless of his/her immigration status has some rights.
If you work in New York City and unaware of your rights you should read this piece. Whether you’re currently working, looking for a job or worked for a company in the past, you should know the rights that empower you at the workplace and balance employment-relationship.
At Tremiti LLC, we represent businesses and organizations in the core areas of Employment and Labor Law. As part of our employment and OSHA law practice, we assist employers in keeping the workplace in compliance with standards and in preventive efforts to avoid possible claims and litigations. We are a reputed labor and employment law firm NYC and always encourage employers and employees to learn more about legislation that protects them.
Paid Safe and Sick Leave
Anyone who works more than 80 hours a year can take up to 40 hours of safe and sick leave. One can take this leave for self-treatment and care. The law also allows you to utilize the leave to help anyone you consider family. An employer does not have any right to retaliate against the employee for being asked about the leave. You can talk to an experienced employment attorney NYC for legal assistance.
Right to Organize
Right to organize means at a workplace one can join together with his/her coworkers to question the work condition or any other work issues. Employees can form a union for collective bargaining and negotiation with the employer. Tremiti LLC is an expert labor and employment law firm that represents and counsels businesses and organizations in a variety of employment and labor law issues including collective bargaining and contract management.
As of December 31, 2018, all the employers having 10 or fewer works are required to pay minimum remuneration of $13.50 and employers having 11 or more workers must allocate a minimum wage of $15.00 to their workers. The law gives the right to New York employees to be paid for every hour they work and the time they spent traveling or doing anything else during a workday. For more information you can visit official site of the New York State Department of Labor or you can discuss more with an employment attorney.
Employees who work more than 40 hours a week must be paid at least 1.5× of the regular hourly wage for every extra hour.
No employer may discriminate against any worker in any manner regardless of his age, color, race, religion or on any other basis that is prohibited by the city, state, and the federal government. Employees who think they are being discriminated against may file a complaint with the Commissioner of Labor.
Workplace Health and Safety
Employees have the right to work in safe and healthy work conditions. Therefore, employers’ duty is to ensure compliance with the safety and health standards required under the law.
If your employer does not inform you about workplace hazards or not provide you proper training before allowing you at the actual worksite, it may result in accidents and injuries. In that condition, an employee may seek compensation to recover lost wages and arranging medical treatment.
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