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Kristine Sova provides an array of labor and employment legal services in a variety of industries across both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her labor and employment legal services are listed below. Click any section to read more.

FTC Bans Non-Compete Agreements in Final Rule

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized a rule prohibiting non-compete agreements and policies that restrict or penalize employees from seeking or accepting work, or from operating a business, after their employment ends. There are some limited exceptions to the rule. The exceptions to the ban include: • Any existing non-competes with … Read more

Why an Employment Lawyer Should Represent Your Business in a New York Department of Labor Audit

Late last year, I testified as an expert witness before the New York Department of Labor (NY DOL) in a misclassification hearing.  The hearing was the result of a NY DOL audit in which the auditors determined that certain workers were inappropriately classified as independent contractors and, instead, should have been classified as employees. The … Read more

Effective Performance Management

If you have ever spoken to your employment lawyer about a poor-performing employee, they have surely asked you about the kind of feedback that has been given to the employee.  Performance management matters, and it’s not just to support a termination of employment or performance improvement plan. When discussing performance management, I am not referring … Read more

Five Important Amendments to the New York State WARN Act Regulations

Late last month (June 2023), the New York State Department of Labor’s amendments New York’s WARN Act regulations went into effect. This post highlights five of the most important amendments to those regulations. 1 – Employer Coverage The New York WARN Act applies to private sector employers if they employ at least 50 full-time employees … Read more

What is Wage Theft?

This post is part of a new series that specifically discusses employment law issues for startups and small businesses operating in New York State and New York City. I have seen a lot of posts in recent months warning employers that prosecutors are getting tougher on wage theft.  From a preventative counseling perspective, I find … Read more

Update: New York Finalizes Its New Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

On April 11, 2023, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) finalized its new Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Policy.  This is important because every employer in New York State is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy. An employer that does not adopt the NYSDOL’s model policy must ensure that their policy meets … Read more

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