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How technology may hurt hourly workers

New York residents may be aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. It outlines wage and hour laws that ensure workers get paid a minimum wage and that employers observe overtime regulations. However, timekeeping software may make it easier for employers to change or modify employee timesheets without workers knowing that changes have been made. Regulations related to how employers record a worker's hours have not been updated since 1987.

Lunch breaks may be compensable in some situations

Most full-time New York workers need to take a lunch break at some point in their day. Lunch breaks typically last between 30 minutes and an hour, and they are different from the shorter rest breaks that may be offered throughout the day. While short breaks are always paid for, lunch breaks may not be compensable.