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Don’t be a Victim of Sexual Harassment The issue of sexual harassment is one that attracts much attention and from which many cannot turn away. The most recent and public example involves a plaintiff who is, according to her complaint, a graduate of Stanford University, an accomplished concert violinist and a trustee of the March…

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Someone’s In the Kitchen Cooking shows on TV like Chopped, Iron Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen are all the rage. Everyone seems to want to be a chef. Here in the Hudson Valley we are blessed to have the Culinary Institute of America, which turns out truly talented chefs every year. Many of these choose to…

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ZOOM IS TOO FAST The glossy advertisements and promotion for using Legal Zoom evidence that going too fast isn’t the best choice. Going the cheapest is also dangerous. Establishing an entity for a new business is much more than filing forms. There are many important decisions that should be part of any business entity formation….

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NEW Overtime Regulations:  Is Your Business Impacted by NEW Overtime Eligibility Regulations?  To ensure that the intended overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are fully implemented, the Department of Labor has updated its regulations. Employers have until December 1, 2016 to comply with a new federal overtime standard that will drastically increase…

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New Family Paid Leave Law New York State has adopted a new Family Leave Law that is funded by payroll deduction from employees’ salaries and is mandatory regardless of the size of the employer.  One supporting rationale has been that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world without paid family leave….

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The DOL Fiduciary Rule – From the Opposition’s Point of View The proposed United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) fiduciary rule has earned itself many enemies. A coalition against the rule was formed in October 2015 and is pushing hard to stop the rule from being enacted.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Primerica are…

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What Changes Will the DOL Fiduciary Rule Bring? Although the proposed United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) fiduciary rule is not necessarily final, it soon will be, and any version of the rule is going to significantly impact the way financial advisors practice.  Here’s a snapshot of the details: Who: all advisors and brokers –…

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Major Changes Coming for Retirement Investments Brokers and other financial planners who manage retirement investments are in for a big change.  The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a rule targeted at forcing brokers to very clearly put the client’s interests above their own. The rule was first proposed in 2010 and has…

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If you live in the Hudson Valley area, then you have probably noticed that instances of sexual harassment in the workplace have been in the news with an interesting twist: men are now speaking out as also being victims of this unfortunate practice that has historically disproportionately affected women. How do you know if you…

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Severing an employment relationship can be difficult for both an employer and an employee. A fired employee may not only experience financial difficulty, but may also have feelings of anger, betrayal, and a diminished self-worth. Many people who are fired look for retribution against their former employers, and wonder what their rights are given what…

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