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July 2019 Archives

Not everyone benefits from New York's new minimum wage

Lawmakers and news sources alike proclaimed that New York was the first state to establish a $15 minimum wage—which is now the highest in the country. And while raising the minimum wage is a significant benefit for many workers, it may not affect everyone the same.

Recent case brings up the FLSA’s unique settlement requirements

A judge in New Jersey’s federal district court recently refused to dismiss a case filed under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA), even though the parties appear to have settled. The case, Kessler v. Joarder Props., LLC, highlights an interesting aspect of cases filed under federal wage and hour laws: Any settlement must either be approved by the courts or the Department of Labor.

New reverse mortgage law requires both sides to bring an attorney

A bill passed in the New York legislature focused on protecting against deceptive practices by reverse mortgage lenders is headed for the Governor’s desk. By reinforcing what many lenders in the business are already doing, lawmakers aim to formalize rules that will prevent borrowers from scams by unscrupulous lenders.

Motor Carrier Exemption leaves truck drivers out of overtime pay

A judge in New York’s Eastern district recently dismissed claims by employees of an armored truck company that their employer was violating federal overtime laws. The court found that because the employees’ job duties fell under the FLSA’s Motor Carrier Exemption, they were not entitled to overtime pay.

Fees in real estate transactions: Who pays for what?

Buying or selling real estate is often the biggest transaction someone is a party to in their everyday life. The purchase price may already lead to sticker shock, only for someone to realize there are additional fees to be paid.

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