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Michael Paglialonga provides advice and counsel to employers involving labor and employment law. Mike is devoted to helping employers understand and navigate the world of employment law. His broad range of experience covers claims related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, New York State Human Rights Law (DHR), COVID-19 related restrictions and reopening requirements, and New York labor law matters, including:

  • Minimum Wage Act and Orders (Minimum wage and overtime)
  • Payment of wages
  • Safety and health compliance
  • Health and Essential Rights Act (NY Hero Act) - including airborne infectious disease exposure prevention and workplace safety committees
  • Salary history ban, Equal Pay Act
  • Payroll cards/methods of payment
  • Paid sick leave and COVID paid sick leave
  • Recordkeeping, posting and notice requirements
  • Day of rest, meal periods, and hours of work
  • Wage deductions
  • Frequency of pay
  • Commissions sales agreements
  • Compensation structures and agreements
  • Tips/gratuities, tip credits/allowances
  • Hospitality Industry Wage Order
  • Wage requirements for nonprofits
  • Overtime applicability and hours worked
  • Spread of hours, split shifts call-in pay
  • Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act (Minimum wage and overtime)
  • Child labor
  • NYS prevailing wage
  • Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
  • Healthy Terminals Act
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
  • Construction and Commercial Goods Fair Play Acts
  • Sexual harassment prevention requirements
  • Cannabis and employment

Prior to joining Littler, Mike worked for 15 years at the New York State Department of Labor, including most recently serving as first deputy counsel and as the acting general counsel. He represented the commissioner of labor in hundreds of administrative hearings against employers in both wage and hour, and safety and health cases, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars. While at the Department, he analyzed, advised on, and negotiated amendments to the New York Labor Law as part of the legislative process. Mike was also principally responsible for the Department of Labor’s regulatory activities, and drafted countless regulations/regulatory packages that were adopted as law in Title 12 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR). 

News, Analysis & Press

Clean Slate Laws Are Spreading

SHRM Online

March 25, 2024

Hike In NY Salary Threshold Lets DOL Take More Complaints

Law360 Employment Authority

October 6, 2023

New York’s mandatory nurse overtime law amendments take effect

Rochester Business Journal

August 4, 2023

WPI Labor Day Report 2022

WPI Report

September 5, 2022

Speaking Engagements

Wage and Hour Compliance for Small Businesses

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

May 1, 2024

New Labor Laws in Gotham City Spreading Like Wildfire

National Restaurant Association’s Annual Summit

October 26, 2023

2023 Tri-State Regional Employer Conference

New York, NY

June 20, 2023


  • J.D., Albany Law School, 2009cum laude
  • M.B.A., College of Saint Rose, 2009
  • B.A., California State Polytechnic University, 2006

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