Mar 08, 2023
New York Labor Law Section 241(6) Protects Construction Workers
For anyone working on construction sites, knowing how the law protects you is important. Construction sites are, by their very nature, dangerous. Workers are constantly exposed to dangerous working conditions, including defective power tools, fall hazards, insufficient safety devices, falling objects, and electrical hazards. When a worker gets injured and cannot work, New York’s Labor […]
Mar 08, 2023
Expansion of Damages In Wrongful Death Awaits NY Governor Hochul’s Approval
Historically, New York State has not permitted recovery for grief and sympathy for the family members that have lost someone due to any form of negligence. This may be changing. The New York Senate and Assembly recently passed Bill S74A, also known as the Grieving Families Act, and it is hoped and expected that Governor […]
Jan 03, 2023
U.S. Department of Labor reviews independent contractor rule
In recent years, many employers have decided to misclassify certain workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. Doing so allows companies to save significant expenses such as payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and other expenses typically paid by employers. Additionally, misclassifying workers as independent contractors enables the employers to avoid various obligations they […]
Nov 08, 2022
Trief & Olk Prevail at Trial on Minimum Wage & Overtime Claims
After a bench trial presided over by Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Trief & Olk was victorious against a Brooklyn-based supermarket, 5th Ave. Kings Fruit & Vegetables Corp. (known as 5th Ave. Kings Supermarket) and its owner, winning minimum wage and overtime back-pay […]
Oct 12, 2022
Security Technicians Reach $5 Million Settlement for Unpaid Wages, Negotiated by Trief & Olk Team
We recently reached a $5 million settlement in a collective action on behalf of a group of approximately 550 alarm installation technicians (known as Security Advisors) in a suit against Defenders, Inc., in which the employees alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to properly track their work time, resulting in improper overtime compensation.
Jul 12, 2022
Trief & Olk Secures A $2.5 Million Settlement For Injured Plaintiff
Trial attorneys Ted Trief and Jason Kaufer, on the morning of trial, negotiated a settlement of $2,500,000 for a plaintiff who had his right leg amputated below the knee after being struck and run over by a New York City subway.
Apr 26, 2021
Trief & Olk negotiates a $650,000 settlement for 2 minutes of conscious pain and suffering
Trief & Olk secured a settlement of $650,000 for the family of a warehouse worker that was killed by the collapse of an industrial shelving unit. The decedent was working for an auto parts store in its warehouse in Bronx, New York.
Nov 27, 2018
Trief & Olk Secures $4M Settlement for Injured Plaintiff
Trief & Olk obtained a settlement of $4,000,000 for a plaintiff who had his left, non-dominant hand amputated in an industrial meat grinder.
Aug 30, 2016
Who to Sue for Construction Accidents
When construction workers are injured on the job, they are usually unable to bring personal injury lawsuits against the most obviously responsible party, their employers, due to the Workers’ Compensation Law.