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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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Should Convictions and Arrests be Reported on Job Applications? As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I frequently am asked about whether convictions and arrests must be reported on job applications or, for those already employed, whether they must be reported to their employer. Getting into legal trouble is unfortunately easier than one might think….

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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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New York Paid Family Leave…Finally! Until recently, individuals in the workforce in the State of New York had to choose between caring for family members – such as new babies and elderly parents – and not getting paid.  But not anymore.  In April 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that makes New York…

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Planning for Business Succession and Exit Congratulations on successfully building and growing your business. The odds were against you surviving more than 5 years[1], but you beat the odds. Have your thoughts now turned to retirement? Or cashing out? Planning for business succession and exit successfully will require as much planning as growing it. Business…

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Welcome to the Immigration Channel with Jennifer S. Echevarria.  Jennifer is an associate attorney at J&G who concentrates on immigration and employment law. She is fluent in Spanish and will be providing frequent updates on immigration legistation and Presidential Executive Orders to keep the Spanish-speaking community aware.  Each summary article can be found in both…

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Tax saving tips: As a Partner here at Jacobowitz and Gubits in New York and also a CPA, I work with individuals, business owners, corporations, municipalities and not-for-profits who all need to stay on top of the latest changes and proposals in tax law. Here are some tax saving tips for business owners that reflect the latest tax…

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York Now that we have entered 2017, there are six different hourly new minimum wages in effect in New York State. The one applicable to you, as an employer or an employee, depends on the location and size of the employer. As defined by this chart from the New…

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Should you register your brand as a trademark? If you own a business, you have worked hard to stand out from the crowd and portray your products or services as unique and high quality. From a marketing perspective, your brand is the symbol of your business and the way you are recognized in the marketplace….

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An Update on the Immigrant Affairs Initiative in Orange County, NY Back in August 2016, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office launched an “Immigrant Affairs Initiative” to help victims of crime feel safe assisting law enforcement without fear of being reported to immigration officials.  The DA’s Office held an information session on the new program…

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