The next stage of the state’s $15 minimum wage phase-in will take effect on December 31 after a statutorily required report by the Division of the Budget found the decline in New York's unemployment rate to record lows indicates that recent minimum wage increases have been absorbed with negligible, if any, impacts on labor demand in every region.
The former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted Tuesday for his part in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies, federal prosecutors said. A jury in San Francisco found Christopher Lischewski guilty after a four-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release. He had pleaded not guilty.
The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case.Los Angeles-based Riot Games will pay about 1,000 current and former female employees who have worked at the company in the last five years.
Google’s co-founders are relinquishing their executive positions just as state and federal regulators, not to mention the Department of Justice and Congress, are taking a keen interest in the possible abuse of its privacy practices and market power. But their long foreshadowed successor, Sundar Pichai, has been well prepped to serve as the public face of the company.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has released the annual “Pennies for Charity: Where Your Money Goes; Fundraising by Professional Fundraisers” report, which found that nearly one-third of charitable donations ended up in the pockets of professional fundraisers. This report looks at fundraising trends such as the rise of online giving, as well as the percentage of funds raised that went to charities.
A group advocating for higher taxes on billionaires and corporations in New York has released a report highlighting millions of dollars Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received from the state’s wealthiest residents and businesses.
The coalition of individuals and groups, which is demanding that the state Legislature pass more progressive tax policies, also has plans to disrupt two events this month that are expected to be attended by many of those very donors — including a fundraiser for the governor’s birthday tonight.
In the midst of a battle between New York and its largest downstate utility providers that has resulted in at least two moratoriums on new energy connections and impacted businesses and families in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, a state senator has introduced legislation that would prohibit utilities in New York state from imposing moratoriums on cities with more than 200,000 residents.
A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash. Lobster fishermen have brought in record hauls this decade, a period in which Maine catches that previously rarely topped 70 million pounds have routinely soared above 120 million pounds. The new studies, both published with University of Maine scientists as lead authors, show a fishery in which warming waters off Maine have changed the dynamics of the lobster population.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation intended to protect rent regulated tenants from landlord harassment by preventing landlords from creating unsafe, disruptive or uninhabitable conditions in order to force tenants out of their homes.