Release: Female Attorney, Promised Family-Friendly Workplace, Sues Large NY Firm for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

For immediate release Female Attorney, Promised Family-Friendly Workplace, Sues Large New York Firm for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Former Goldberg Segalla lawyer and mother punished for following firm practices, fired after protesting firm partner’s discrimination and harassment campaign August 31, 2016, New York, NY – Today, New York City-based law firm Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New…

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Insights on Massachusetts Landmark Equal-Pay Legislation from RPL Associate Ethan Krasnoo

This month, the Massachusetts legislature passed landmark equal-pay legislation, making it the first state to ban the common practice of employers asking job applicants for their salary histories. Bill S.2119 189th, also known as “An Act to establish pay equity,” is being hailed as “the most robust equal pay law in the country,”* and requires employers to pay workers of different genders the same wages, including benefits and other compensation,…

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Morgan Stanley Motion to Dismiss Denied in Whistleblower Suit

For immediate release: Morgan Stanley Motion to Dismiss Denied in Whistleblower Suit Bank Must Face Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Claims for Firing Brokers in 2011 July 14, 2016, New York, NY – Yesterday, a judge in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York denied Morgan Stanley’s Motion to Dismiss a $20 million suit brought by two former employees, Jamie Feldman-Boland and James Boland.  The Plaintiffs, a…

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Will You Be Prepared In Time for the New Overtime Rules?

By Deena R. Merlen The United States Department of Labor (the “DOL”) recently issued an updated rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) that will have a tremendous impact on employers and employees across the country.  For information on which employers and employees are covered by the FLSA, click here. The FLSA generally obligates employers to pay their employees at least minimum wage, and, with respect to employees who…

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RPL Partner Alice K. Jump Offers Insights on New DOL Fiduciary Standard for Retirement Advisors

Recently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule assigning a fiduciary standard to retirement advisors. The rule heightens the duty of care for financial advisors who deal with retirement accounts, imposing a standard which expressly requires that the advisor acts in the client’s best interest.* This is a departure from the prior standard which required only that a broker’s recommendations to a client be…

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RPL Managing Partner Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis to Speak at Power Shift 2016

April 27, 2016, New York, NY — Next week, RPL Managing Partner Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis will speak at “Power Shift 2016: Women and Leadership” on the panel “Protected but Neglected” sponsored by Oxford University and Georgetown University Business School.  Ms. Reavis will present on whether laws originally intended to protect against discrimination may in fact limit our knowledge of women and members of other protected classes through enforced data collection limitations.  She is…

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RPL Partner Alice K. Jump Shares Highlights of NYS Paid Family Leave (in Effect in 2018)

On April 4, 2016, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Paid Family Leave Act (PFL) as part of a significant expansion of employee rights, including a new $15 state minimum wage and amendments to workers’ compensation law. PFL will apply to full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for at least six months. The PFL will apply to all businesses located in New York,…

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RPL Clients Oppose Morgan Stanley’s Motion to Dismiss Whistleblower Suit (Law360 Coverage)

February 22, 2016, New York, NY — On February 19, 2015, a lawyer for Morgan Stanley requested that a New York federal judge dismiss Feldman-Boland, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. The suit, filed by Jaime Feldman-Boland and James Boland, who are represented by RPL Partner Alice K. Jump, alleges that plaintiffs were terminated as a result of their whistleblowing activities, including making complaints about Morgan Stanley’s sales practices…

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RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen to Speak at the SUNY Levin Institute

RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen has been invited to be a guest speaker at the SUNY Levin Institute on October 29 to discuss various start-up issues with a select group of entrepreneurs who have been chosen to attend FastTrac New Venture for the Female Entrepreneur, an intensive 10-session program offered by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Kauffman FastTrac and the SUNY Levin Institute. Based in Manhattan and serving…

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