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Monday, April 20, 2015

Your Housekeeper May Sue You

          Do you employ a nanny for your children, a housekeeper or a companion for your sick or elderly parents, pay them in cash and fail to keep records of their employment? If so, you are leaving yourself open to a costly lawsuit.  Since 2010, household workers in New York are covered by the Labor Law’s minimum wage and overtime laws. Currently, the minimum wage is $8.75 an hour.  Their workweek is 40 hours (44 if residing with her employer).  Anything over that must be paid time and a half.  They must have one day off a week. You must obtain coverage for disability benefits and if they work at least 40 hours a week, you must obtain Worker’s Compensation coverage.

Monday, April 13, 2015

If You Want Modification, Better Hire an Attorney


        Perhaps the most prized possession of an average American is his or her home (although the iPhone is catching up). While it still retains its status as the ultimate expression of achieving the American Dream, at no time in US history was this dream subject to peril as it has been after the 2008 collapse of the housing market.
What could be worse in one’s moment of desperation and need of assistance than to be taken advantage of by some unscrupulous individual or a company that will claim to protect you but in reality take your money and disappear? As these fraudulent schemes made their way into the public eye, Federal and State governments responded with important protective laws.