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DOL Sets Overtime Rules Affecting the Restaurant Industry

Whether you own a fast food restaurant or a fine dining establishment, you must now pay your salaried workers overtime if they meet new qualifications set by the Department of Labor (DOL).

How Does the New DOL Overtime Rule Compare with Past Rules?

The DOL released the new rule in May 2016. The limit on salaried workers who could collect overtime had stayed at $23,660 since 2004. Here are some relevant facts for owners in the restaurant industry:

  • Average wages in the U.S. for chefs, head cooks and pastry chefs are $45,920
  • Bakers’ wages average is around $26,270
  • Culinary Journalists’ mean wage is $46,560
  • The majority of these employees work 50 or more hours per week.  Read More

(Information from Eatery.com)

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When Does the Overtime Rule Go into Effect? Read More

Stay on Top of Changing Laws as an Employer

At Stephen Hans & Associates, our firm helps small and middle sized business owners deal with legal changes. We understand how difficult it is to stay apprised of new laws while managing in the daily demands of running a restaurant.

We do not just keep you informed. We also provide legal guidance and representation to help you protect your rights and assist you with policies that avoid liability.

Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyers: Clients Matter to Us

Author: Steven Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

Our firm has deep roots in Long Island and our lawyers maintain close associations with people throughout Suffolk County. Through our two decades of practice here, we’ve developed a strong sense of community. In fact, many of our clients have become friends and acquaintances.

  • Serving Clients Is an Honor
  • Standing Up for the Injured
  • Your Best Interests Are Our Priority : Read More

In contrast with insurance companies, all the partners at our firm take a personal interest in you and in handling your case. You are our top priority, and your case is never handed off to a paralegal or junior associate. We thoroughly prepare each case and employ effective legal strategies, which provide us with the leverage to maximize recoveries. It also enables to settle with most insurance companies out of court. While insurance companies don’t care about you, as our attorney Steven Palermo says, “It’s my job to make them care.”

We do our best to protect your rights and see that you receive the compensation you deserve.  As our clients — you matter to us.

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Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, NYC, Brooklyn and the Bronx

Author: Pyrros & Serres,LLP

What Happens If I Die from a Work-Related Cause?

Experienced NYC | Queens | Bronx | Brooklyn Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Under New York law, if you are injured on the job, you have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover lost wages and to pay for medical care. But what happens if you are killed in a work-related accident? Do your dependents have any recourse for loss of support or loss of companionship/consortium? The answer is yes. Read More:

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area workers comp overview page.

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Drunk Driving: Preventing Tragic Accidents

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The NY Post reported the deaths of four people killed in a Long Island crash on the Fourth of July. Witnesses to the accident said the driver who caused the fatal collision was speeding, driving erratically and recklessly. Five people called 911 and one of the callers reported the erratic driving prior to the crash.

The pickup truck driver was driving in the southbound lane of Yaphank Middle Island Road, veered into the northbound lane and collided into a Nissan Altima, killing the driver and two elderly people in their 70’s. The mother and 11-month old baby in the car survived and were hospitalized. The pickup truck driver also died in the crash. Police suspect he was driving while intoxicated and believed he was coming from a social gathering. However, investigation is still underway to determine whether alcohol was involved or not.

The roads were also slick from Monday night’s rain in Long Island, which was all the more reason not to speed and to take safety precautions.

As A Host, What Can You Do To Prevent Drunk Driving? Read More
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If you see any of the signs of drunk driving, call 911 and report the driver. As much as possible when on the road, avoid drivers show signs of drunk driving.

New York City, Queens, Employment Defense Lawyers

Author: Stephen Hans & Associates

Salient Points about the Carlson-Ailes Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

The media is full of reports about the lawsuit Gretchen Carlson, former Fox anchor woman and television host brought against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Ms. Carlson claims that the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes terminated her employment because she refused to go along with his sexual advances. After she complained about being discriminated against as an anchorwoman in the newsroom, she alleges that he demoted her to a less prestigious position, reduced her salary, curtailed her on-air appearances and declined to renew her contract last month. She is seeking compensatory damages for sexual harassment and retaliation.

According to The New York Times , Ms. Carlson described Mr. Ailes as a serial sexual harasser and the network as a boy’s club environment.

What Makes This Case Stand Out from Other Discrimination Cases: Read More

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Stephen Hans & Associates is an employment litigation firm that defends small and medium sized businesses in discrimination, labor law and other employment related matters.

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What Are Your Rights During an Insurance Company Medical Examination?

When you’ve been hurt on the job and have filed a workers’ compensation claim, one of the first things you can expect is a notice from the workers’ compensation insurance company to see a doctor selected by the insurance company, so that you can have a medical exam. What are your rights during this examination?

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Whether or not the doctor chooses to videotape or audiotape the exam does not mean you cannot? Read More

Your Rights During an Insurance Company Medical Exam

Experienced Workers Compensation Attorneys in New York

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our workers comp practice area overview page.

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The Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyer New Website

Author: Steven Palermo:TheSuffolkPersonalInjuryLawyer.com

Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers

Palermo Tuohy Bruno, P.L.L.C., is proud to announce our brand new website. We want our users to see our firm for what it really is – a personable, caring, results-driven Long Island Personal Injury Law Firm with complete devotion toward our clients and their well-being. So, we’ve decided to create a website that spells this out, with improved navigational ease for an better user experience.

Read More about our Suffolk County Personal Injury Lawyers

We want our users as well as our current clients to get a feel for our firm’s unique and caring approach through our new website.


Webinar Recap: How to Make More Money When You Upgrade Outdated Software

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During last month’s webinar, “Make more money by upgrading your outdated software,” LEAP’s Vice President of Client Operations, Amy Prokop shared with attendees, “The use of modern technology has become an overwhelmingly influential factor in determining the level of success a law firm can achieve.”

Technology is a vital part of our everyday lives and operating without the use of up-to-date technology can be inefficient and unproductive. In our webinar geared toward solo attorneys and small law firms, we examined how outdated technology not only creates efficiency and productivity challenges but also can become extremely costly.

Webinar attendees learned how to determine if their current practice management software provider(s) had become more of a limitation rather than an asset and how unifying their firm with one solution saves both time and money. The webinar outlined features a legal practice management solution should provide to build a better business, including:

  • Document management
  • Time recording
  • Accounting
  • Automated forms
  • Online marketing’
  • Mobility
  • Cloud hosting

Helping Law Firms Increase Efficiency and Productivity

For 25 years, LEAP has been helping law firms across the world to increase efficiency and productivity by providing them with a total practice management software solution, allowing them to focus on billable activities rather than time consuming administrative tasks. When you upgrade to secure hybrid cloud technology, your firm can have the flexibility to work anywhere, anytime.

To watch the complete recording of the webinar or for additional legal technology tips, please visit the LEAP website.

For details on the next webinar in the LEAP Webinar Series, visit www.leap.us. Our next webinar, which will discuss trust accounting, is scheduled for July 13, 2016.

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When you are involved in a legal dispute, whether you’re experiencing unfair treatment at work, or you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, you want to be represented by attorneys who understand the law and the process, and who have proven their ability to get results for their clients. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you hire the Law Offices of William Cafaro. We’ve obtained several multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients, and always use our considerable experience, knowledge, skill and resources to pursue maximum compensation for our clients.

In this blog, we’ll offer insights into legal issues, so that you can be a more effective participant in your legal issue. We’ll address a wide range of topics, including:


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  • How to know if you have an overtime, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge or other work-related claim
  • The best ways to protect your rights when you are being treated unfairly at work
  • What you can expect in terms of damages or other legal redress when you have a problem at work
  • What to expect from your employer during a work-related dispute
  • Any relevant changes in employment law. Read More:

Experienced and Effective Employment and Personal Injury LawyersOur attorneys and staff take a comprehensive approach to employment and personal injury actions, combining thorough preparation with extensive courtroom skills. We understand the stress and anxiety that accompany a personal injury, and place a premium on being available and accessible when you need answers to your questions.

To learn how we can protect your rights, call (212) 583-7400 for a free case evaluation or contact our offices online.

Restaurants Can Throw Dog Lovers a Bone

“I’m so pleased that the city Department of Health threw dog lovers a bone,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) was quoted as saying by The New York Daily News. She sponsored the NYC law that allows dining with dogs.

Restaurant owners already have many regulations to abide by and under the previous law, restaurants were required to verify the dog owner’s licensing and vaccination documents before allowing the dog owner and dog in outdoor restaurant areas. Despite the fact that laws allowed dogs in outdoor areas, this strict requirement kept dog lovers away.

As a restaurant owner, did you know…?

Under new changes in the law, now restaurants simply must post signs that dogs accompanying their owners must be licensed and vaccinated for rabies.

The objective of the legal change was to create a balance that gave dog lovers greater freedoms and still protected other diners at the same time. Restaurant owners are still obligated by law to keep the outdoor dining area separate from pedestrians and dogs on the sidewalk. Also, dogs cannot touch dining table surfaces or obstruct aisle space.

It’s difficult to keep up with regulatory and legal changes. This change is good news for restaurants that allow dogs because it will help them attract more business.

Anymore, the responsibilities of running a business include being legally savvy to protect your rights and interests. Through effective legal guidance, our attorneys at Stephen Hans & Associates can keep you informed and help you protect your rights as a business owner.