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Protecting minor workers in New York

Whether a teenager wants or needs to work, it is crucial for them, their parents and their employers to understand the strict rules in place for hiring minors. Not only is there the federal Fair Labor Standards Act in place, but New York has some of the strictest state-level child labor laws in the country.

Below are some basic facts about the rules for hiring child labor in this state

Thinking about lying on your mortgage application? Think again

When it comes to important life events, the line between what is true and what you wish were true can get blurry. For instance, if you want a job, you might overstate your abilities in certain areas on an application; if you're looking to meet a partner online, you might choose an older picture of yourself to use on your profile.

However, when it comes to seeking a loan and buying house, the details you wish were true are irrelevant. In fact, misrepresenting yourself, lying or withhold certain information can lead to criminal allegations of fraud.

What you should know if you work on a holiday

The holiday season is in full swing, and while many people have time off from work and take vacations, that is not the case for everyone. For some people, working on the holidays is unavoidable; for others, working on the holidays is a great way to earn some extra money.

Whether you want to be working or not, you should know the rules when it comes to working on holidays and holiday pay. 

How the #MeToo movement affects the average female worker

The #MeToo movement has been a monumental phenomenon in the last few years. The movement continues to empower women and fight for more workplace protections against sexual harassment. However, the big news stories tend to focus on female professionals in Hollywood or at major media outlets. While these stories are important, we hardly hear how the movement affects the average woman in America.

Are low-wage and middle-class female workers experiencing any of the benefits of the #MeToo movement? Thankfully, there is evidence suggesting the answer is yes. Here are some examples.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Why they matter to homebuyers

You have likely heard the names Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but have you ever wondered how they apply to you?

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two private mortgage companies established by the federal government. They operate as "secondary mortgage lenders" by backing and buying loans from private lenders. Most notably, the establishment of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac allowed for the 30-year fixed home loans in the United States, because private home mortgage lenders no longer had to rely on private funding.

Applying for a mortgage? 3 things that could get in the way

Applying for a loan to buy a house can be a much more difficult process than people expect. It typically involves evaluating a lot of information and scrutinizing your fiscal fitness for such a sizable loan. 

While factors such as a solid credit history and stable employment can make it easier to get the mortgage you want, there are factors that can make it more difficult. 

New to the workforce? Know your rights

Millions of young people start their professional careers here in New York. And doing so is not easy. The current job market is highly competitive, and New York in particular has a reputation for pushing people to work especially hard to get ahead.

That said, workers have rights. This means that if you are just starting out in a professional capacity, there are state and federal laws that govern the actions of employers. It is important to be aware of some of the more relevant measures that affect young employees.

Consider contingencies carefully when buying a home

If you are ready to buy a new home, you can be managing several details from securing financing to preparing your current home to go on the market. And all these moving parts don't disappear just because you find the right home.

As such, you might consider including contingencies in any offer you make. Before you do this, though, you will want to think carefully about how they might affect your offer.

Overtime: Love it or hate it, you should understand the rules

There is an old saying that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. As true as that may be in terms of the motivation and passion for your job, understand that a job is still a job. And this means that it is subject to state and federal employment laws.

For instance, if you are working overtime as a non-exempt employee, then you should receive appropriate compensation, even if you are more than happy to put in extra hours.

What is quid pro quo harassment? How can employees protect their rights?

In the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of people coming forward about being sexually harassed at work. Many outspoken victims have been in the entertainment and media industries. However, sexual harassment at work can happen in any industry, whether you work as a server in a night club, a receptionist in an office, or an executive at a large corporation.

Most employees know the basics about what constitutes sexual harassment at work. However, these issues can be complex in a legal sense, particularly because sexual harassment claims require evidence, and there are specific procedures for bringing a claim.

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