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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace A heightened sensitivity to sexual harassment in the workplace is forcing employers to ask themselves what else they can do to prevent sexual harassment over and above having a policy in their employee handbooks. Studies have shown that more interactive and frequent workshops aimed at preventing and educating employees…

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Press Release For more information, contact: Michele Babcock, managing partner Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, 845-778-2121   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jacobowitz and Gubits Welcomes new Partner and Senior Counsel  WALDEN, NY – Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that William E. Duquette, Esq. has been named partner in the firm.  Andrea L. Dumais,…

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CONSERVATION EASEMENTS –A USEFUL TOOL WHEN PROPERLY ESTABLISHED AND ENFORCED A conservation easement is an important tool to conserve, preserve and protect environmental assets and natural and man-made resources, the preservation of open spaces, agricultural and forest lands, lands which are significant because of their scenic, natural beauty, wetland, shoreline, geological or ecological character, or…

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New Tax Law Affects Nonprofits The new tax law is quite lengthy and will require some time to review and analyze. However, the following provisions have been identified as having an effect on public charities. Increased standard deduction.  The standard deduction is increased to $24,000 for married individuals filing jointly, $18,000 for head-of-household, and $12,000…

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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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Buy/Sell Agreement:  A Royal Scam? T     Gary Schuster is a Partner with the firm and practices Arts & Entertainment and Business Law. He can be reached by phone at 866-303-9595 toll free or 845-764-9656 and by email.

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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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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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