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SCOTUS dissent is message to reverse Church/State law

The Supreme Court deciding not to hear a case is a regular occurrence. Getting SCOTUS to hear a case is exceedingly hard, and as Chief Justice, John Roberts has shrunk the Court docket to 1960s numbers. But what seems like a quiet little denial of certiorari yesterday is actually a not-so-cryptic message from the right […]

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Employment Law

NY’s New Permanent Paid Sick Leave Now in Effect

This article highlights some of the main points and impact of the recently enacted New York State Sick Leave Law (NYSSL). Even though it went into effect officially on 9/30/20, employees can use any of its protections until 1/1/21. Let’s do a Top Fifteen Items to Know (with subparts so, like, really its a top […]

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Employment Law

Caveat Employers: New Laws Going into Effect in 2020 Affect Every Employer

A host of new employment obligations ranging from sexual harassment prevention training to stricter data breach notification requirements will go into effect in early 2020 and will be a shock to some employers who were previously exempt. Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training NYS Human Rights Law Made to Apply to ALL Employers One of the […]

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Employment Law

NY Employers Face New Strict Harassment Laws

On April 12, 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State budget, which includes several significant measures directed at both private and government employers regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. The signing of the budget bills triggers the countdown to the effective dates of the various provisions, as follows, with […]

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Employment Law Litigation

NY Appeals Court: No, You Can’t Fire Someone Because They’re “Too Cute”

Dilek Edwards worked as a massage therapist for Manhattan chiropractor Charles Nicolai, who is married to former Playboy centerfold Stephanie Adams. Adams is also a co-owner of the chiropractic practice. About a year into her employment Edwards began giving yoga lessons to Nicolai. Nicolai one day informed Edwards that his wife is likely to become […]

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Employment Law

New NYC Law Makes Written Contracts Mandatory for Freelancers

Every holiday season, many NY City companies employ freelancers to fill a variety of roles for when the business gets swamped. Well starting in 2017, those businesses will need to comply with a new law that goes into effect May 15 2017 in the five boroughs of New York City. The law, appropriately named “The […]

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Constitutional Law Employment Law Litigation

NY Judge Okays Firing Yoga Teacher For Being “Too Cute”

Dilek Edwards was a yoga instructor and massage therapist working for chiropractor Charles Nicolai’s Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness Center. More than a year after Edwards started the job, Nicolai told Edwards his wife might be jealous because Edwards was “too cute.” Edwards’ wife, Stephanie Adams, is a co-owner of the practice and was therefore […]

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Constitutional Law Employment Law General

Should States Allow Undocumented Aliens to Become Licensed Attorneys?

My answer is: “It depends.” I know, typical lawyer response, but this is a difficult issue for me on many levels and one which many states will soon be dealing with. The State of California’s Supreme Court issued a decision Friday holding that there is no reason under State law why an documented immigrant should […]

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Conde Nast Ends Internship Program Over Lawsuits: Let the Blame Game Begin!

Condé Nast, the publishing giant, has decided to discontinue its vaunted internship program following a class-action lawsuit filed by two former interns saying that they were paid less than $1 dollar an hour, according to an article in Women’s Wear Daily yesterday. Back in June, Condé Nast, which owns and operates popular and influential magazines […]