Author Archives: Megan Frederick

“No Wage Theft Loophole Act” Passed in New York

The State of New York recently passed a bill closing what many considered a “loophole” in the state’s laws protecting employees against wage theft. Previously, while labor law in New York made it unlawful to withhold portions of an employee’s wage, it was unclear under what circumstances employers could seek exemption. The explicit purpose of Senate Bill S858 is “to clarify that Article 6 of New York’s Labor Law completely and without exception prohibits lack of distribution of earned wages.”  Labor Law in New York  Article 6 of New York’s Labor consists of …
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How FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Will Affect Vaccine Mandates

What does the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean for vaccine mandates in New York? Cathryn Harris-Marchesi, employment attorney and partner at The Noble Law, explains the implications of this approval in today’s audio blog. FDA Approval of Pfizer’S COVID-19 Vaccine This past Monday, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, now named Comirnaty, became the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the FDA. The vaccine has been available to individuals 16 years or older under emergency use …
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The “Line” Was And Is Very Clear, Governor Cuomo

“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” commented New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his resignation speech last week. According to his response, the 11 sexual harassment allegations brought up against him were not his own misconduct, but, rather, the result of “generational and cultural shifts” that he was unable to keep pace with. The sentiment of his speech illustrates a willful ignorance of …
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Vaccine Requirements in North Carolina – Are They Legal?

Last Thursday, managing partner and employment attorney, Laura Noble, appeared on WRAL News to discuss Governor Roy Cooper’s recent direction regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Lena Tillett: The governor will enforce the rules for more than 50,000 state employees, and many have asked if today’s order is actually legal. WRAL’s Joe Fisher joins us live in Raleigh with what the experts have to say. Joe? Joe Fisher: Lena, we’re outside Player’s Retreat in Raleigh, which is not only requiring vaccinations for …
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Am I a Whistleblower?

 This week, employment attorney and partner at The Noble Law, Katie Abernethy, addresses the frequently asked question, “am I a whistleblower?” The term “whistleblower” refers to an individual who has observed or has been asked to participate in inappropriate, fraudulent, or illegal activity by their employer. However, knowing of these activities is not enough to receive legal protections from potential employer retaliation. To access anti-retaliation laws, an employee must engage in protected activity. Most anti-retaliation laws require that a …
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Vaccine Mandates in the Workplace

Laura Noble Explains Vaccine Mandates in Smerconish for Independent Minds Last Thursday, June 24th, the online publication Smerconish for Independent Minds published an article written by The Noble Law’s managing partner, Laura Noble, regarding vaccine mandates in the workplace. With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more accessible to the general public and quarantine restrictions gradually lifting, the question of vaccine mandates in the workplace is becoming more prevalent. In order to return to the office or open to the public, employers must …
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Continued Legal Discussion Regarding Nikole Hannah-Jones Potential Lawsuit with UNC

Mark: UNC Chapel Hill could be soon facing a federal lawsuit over the controversy surrounding a new hire. Policy watch reports if University trustees didn’t vote to give journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones a permanent professorship by today, they would take legal action. Lena: Less than half an hour ago, UNC confirmed to WRAL News they’re in touch with Hannah-Jones’ lawyers over the matter. WRAL Sarah Krueger joins us live on campus after speaking with an attorney on what route this possible …
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Third Party Workplace Investigation Q&A

Employers are required under the law to conduct a workplace investigation upon receipt of an employee’s workplace complaint, and the findings of this investigation may determine whether that employer is liable for workplace misconduct. Third party investigators can provide a thorough and objective report from a neutral perspective, which is often in the best interest of the employer, as well as a comfort to their employees. Hiring an attorney as your third party investigator can provide confidentiality agreements for involved …
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Understanding Employment Unions in New York

Employment unions exist to help individual employees contend workplace matters without having to go to an attorney. However, there are circumstances in which an employee might require an attorney in tandem or after contacting their union. In today’s Noble Notes audio blog, Lead New York Attorney Cathryn Harris-Marchesi explains the union grievance process, collective bargaining agreements, discrimination claims, and filing deadlines. Termination, failure to promote, unequal pay, or any other workplace matters that conflict with a union’s collective bargaining agreement …
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The New York HERO Act

On April 21, 2021, the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, also known as the NY HERO Act, passed both houses and now awaits the signature of Governor Cuomo to become law. The NY HERO Act aims to provide industry specific health protections to all workers. The Act will require all businesses to follow and adopt COVID-19 protection protocols to protect workers from airborne illnesses or face fines. Employers who fail to adopt a relevant plan will be subject …
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