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Proposed New Labor Rules Regarding Employee Scheduling New regulations are currently being considered by the New York State Department of Labor that impact employees and employers alike. The proposed regulations will require, among other things, that an employee whose shift is cancelled within 72 hours of the scheduled start time be paid for at least…

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Tax Law Changes Will Seriously Impact Nonprofits and the Rest of Us Last week I attended the annual board retreat of NYCON, the New York Council of Nonprofits. There was considerable discussion of the pending tax bill in Congress. According to New York State Comptroller DiNapoli, federal spending in New York during 2016 included $55…

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State Liquor Authority:  Electronic Filing – Alcohol Beverage Control Law A wave of the future is washing over the State Liquor Authority.   Governor Cuomo recently signed into law an amendment to the Alcohol Beverage Control Law that provides for the electronic filing of brand label registrations.   Brand or trade name label registrations were required to be…

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  Are your neighbors watching you? If so, there may be something you can do about it. . . As of September 15, 2017, a new law came into effect in the State of New York providing a private, civil right of action for unwarranted video imaging of residential premises.  That means that you can…

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What to Expect When Expecting a Divorce Face it, divorce is more common today than it has ever been. Yet, fear of the unknown will often cause people in unhappy marriages to stay in unhappy marriages. As a divorce attorney, clients have come to my office at many stages of the divorce process – either…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Make an Estate Plan About 60% of Americans lack a basic will. That’s no surprise: planning for sickness or death is a challenging subject to discuss, and it’s easy to put off for another time. But because you can’t see the future, you rarely know in advance when these documents…

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The New York Safety in Agriculture Tourism Act Finally Enacted on October 23, 2017 On October 23, 2017, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Safety in Agriculture Tourism Act.”  This law is an inherent risk act intended to shield equine and agricultural tourism businesses from liability for the potential risks incurred…

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Some Outdoor Recreation Law Do you play outdoors? Do you own land used for outdoor recreation? Then do you know about New York State General Obligations Law §9-301? If you don’t, you should and, please, read on. This law was enacted to encourage property owners to permit people to come onto their land to engage…

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Does the Infant Car Seat Face Forwards or Backwards? Are you a new parent? Or are you like me, a new grandparent? You surely want to take your precious cargo out and about. Let’s talk about the requirements when it comes to infants/young children in cars. A review of a single portion of the New…

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Employment Changes to Expect in 2018 In New York State we have three employment changes to prepare for in 2018 that both employees and employers should be aware of: 1) minimum wage increases starting December 31, 2017; 2) paid family leave going into effect on January 1, 2018; and 3) an anti-bullying in the workplace…

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