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Many students accept unpaid jobs with the belief that the work experience is the ultimate payoff. However, with the current economic recession, students cannot afford to work for free, and believe it or not, free student labor is against the law.

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On September 10, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers New York, Connecticut and Vermont, held that an employer may be held liable for age discrimination based upon the acts of others, including its independent contractors. According to the court, an employer can be held liable for the acts of independent contractors if the independent contractor is acting on behalf of the employer.

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On August 26, 2009, the New York State legislature amended the damages provision of New York’s “Payment of Wages” law, set forth in Article 6 of the Labor Law. Among other things, the amendment modifies the standard for recovering the 25% liquidated damages authorized by section 198 of the Labor Law.

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The New York City Council has proposed a law that would provide paid sick days to all private sector workers.
According to the Department of Justice Office of Domestic Social Development, as of February 2009, 76% of low wage workers and 48% of full-time private sector workers are not paid for sick days.

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