Blog

New York Labor Law Blog

A brief review of wage and hour law in New York

When it comes to conflict between management and the workers doing the job, hours worked and paid are always a part of it. How much people work and their pay rate are central reasons workers formed unions in the first place. For the most part, the law backs up...

read more

What are unfair labor practices?

As an employee, it is important to be able to recognize when your employer is engaging in unfair labor practices. Being able to recognize these practices is the first step in taking action to stop them, but how can you know what an unfair practice is? When even major...

read more

Who should lead your union?

Union leaders are the people that directly negotiate contracts and secure employee standing with management. The ideal union leader works toward the best possible contracts and rights for you and your coworkers. Most labor unions use a democratic process to determine...

read more

Why is union self-policing important?

Business owners and corporate boards across the country do not like unions because unions equalize the power between workers and management. Management will take any opportunity available to undermine a union, including pouncing on any appearance of impropriety. What...

read more

5 ways collective bargaining helps union workers

A significant portion of a union’s power comes through collective bargaining. Used effectively, collective bargaining should help employees earn higher wages, receive decent benefits, and improve workplace safety. Workers are not the only ones who can benefit from a...

read more

Supreme Court rules on ERISA heath care reform

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act sets minimum federal standards for voluntarily established pensions and other benefit plans for employees. It also contains broad federal powers that block or preempt state regulation of certain health insurance plans. In...

read more

Protections for labor unions in New York

Labor unions are typically governed by federal law, including the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which covers most unionized employees, the Railway Labor Act (RLA), which applies to the transportation industries (railroad, air, etc.), the Labor Management...

read more