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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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Is Political Corruption Even Illegal Anymore? Recent overturned convictions of Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver leave many New Yorkers frustrated and wondering if its public servants will ever be held accountable for using their offices for personal gain. Dean Skelos, former New York State Senate Majority Leader, was convicted in 2015 on Federal corruption charges…

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Exemptions to Minimum Wage and Overtime Law for Farms  Did you know that agricultural labor is not required to be paid overtime and, in some cases, not even minimum wage? That’s right.  The exemptions fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which New York’s Labor Law follows (see 12 NYCRR 142-2.2).  Sections 213(a)(6) and…

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When Foreclosure Comes Knocking, Answer It!   The foreclosure crisis is behind us, right? Nope. Foreclosures are not in the news much anymore, but many Hudson Valley homeowners are still facing the loss of their homes through foreclosure.  While the most recent report of the Chief Administrator of New York Courts (2016) shows that the number…

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The Creative Industries in Orange County As seen in the December 2016/January 2017 edition of Business Watch (The Orange County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter). When you mention the arts, people naturally think of paintings, galleries, concerts and theaters. Orange County has these, but there is more. Arts are part of what economists call the Creative Industries which…

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Raising The Legal Age For Purchasing Of Tobacco Products Just before the end of the year, the Orange County Legislature introduced a local law which would raise the age of those permitted to purchase tobacco products within the County.  That law, entitled “Local Law To Raise The Legal Age For Purchase Of Tobacco Products In…

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It’s Happy Hour at the NY State Legislature for Brewers, Distillers, and Cideries   You can’t swing a hand-crafted artisan cocktail or local craft beer around the Hudson Valley without hitting a farm distillery or farm brewery.  And it’s wonderful! The farm distillery, farm brewery, farm cidery, and farm winery industries and their “New York…

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  Kelly Pressler of Jacobowitz and Gubits Elected as Vice President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) announced its incoming officers for 2017 at their 2017 Annual Convention held at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Connecticut, May…

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Update on Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule that would expand the definition of “investment advice fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act 1974 (ERISA).  This legislation, which was scheduled to be phased in April 10, 2017, will automatically elevate all financial professionals…

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Exiting Unfavorable Contracts We work with someone that designs, manufactures and distributes certain goods internationally. Under prior management, they entered into an unfavorable contract granting to a particular company exclusive distribution rights in a very lucrative foreign territory. There was no minimum sales requirement. The contract also stated that it could be terminated only upon the…

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