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Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Jacobowitz and Gubits Attorneys as 2018 Upstate New York Rising Stars The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that Andrea Dumais, senior counsel; Jennifer Echevarria, associate attorney; Alanna Iacono, associate attorney; and Kelly Pressler, senior counsel; have all been recognized by Super Lawyers, 2018 Upstate New…

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USCIS Policy Change Regarding Notices to Appear to Undocumented Immigrants   On July 5, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a press release regarding a new Policy Memorandum dated June 28, 2018, that implements a very important change to prior policy on the issuance of Notices to Appear (“NTAs”). NTAs are the…

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Immigrant Family Separation:  An Update      In response to public outrage, an Executive Order (the “Order”) was signed on June 20, 2018,  that changes the government’s policy of separating immigrant families but only to the extent that resources or “appropriations” are available to house the families together. The Order confirms the government’s “zero tolerance”…

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Recent Change to the Processing of Asylum and Convention Against Torture Applications Current immigration law allows foreign nationals to apply for asylum within one year of entering the United States if they have suffered, or have a credible fear of suffering, persecution on the basis of: Race; Religion; Nationality; Membership in a particular social group;…

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What Law Requires Separation of Immigrant Families?  People have been asking: what federal law requires immigrant parents to be separated from their children? Here’s the answer: there is no such law.  What you see on the news happening at our borders right now is not required by any current law; it is the result of…

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A Change to the Law Regarding Prevailing Wages for Public Work A Change to the Law Regarding Prevailing Wages for Public Work If you have been following the buzz regarding the proposed changes to existing New York State Labor Law, then you’re probably interested to know what exactly those changes are. First, a procedural note…

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Let Them Eat Cake:  Supreme Court Fails to Decide Underlying Civil Rights Issues in Masterpiece Let Them Eat Cake: Supreme Court Fails to Decide Underlying Civil Rights Issues in Masterpiece* On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) rendered a highly-anticipated decision in the now infamous case Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., v….

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DACA Program May Resume in 90 Days    A federal court in Washington D.C. ruled yesterday (4/24/18) that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has ninety (90) days to justify its rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program or the recession will be vacated in full.  The case can be found here:…

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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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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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