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Friday, February 22, 2019

Is discrimination based on an employee’s gender identity unlawful in New York?

The year 2019 is thus far promising to be one of legislative reform and progression in the state of New York.  With the Democrats now in control of three chambers of the state government, several major laws have already achieved passage, while other laws are anticipated to be adopted shortly.  Several of the new laws impact the field of employment law, making it critical that

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Why should employers consider updating their employee handbooks in 2019?

The year 2018 was an important one for the field of employment law, especially in New York.  During 2018, a host of legislation was passed to address the now recognized systemic problem of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Employers: You Need an Employment Law Attorney

Why is it critical for employers to have a company handbook?

Whether you are just starting your new business or have been running your business for years, it is critically important that you secure the assistance of an employment law attorney.  As a business owner, nearly every aspect of your job involves laws and potential legal issues. Managing your employees will form one of the greatest challenges in your field, and employment issues can raise a host of legal issues.  Our

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Friday, January 25, 2019

A Review of the Top Employment Class Action Issues of 2018

What were some of the most important employment class action cases of 2018?

The year 2018 brought about some important developments in the field of employment law, particularly when it came to class action lawsuits.  Employment laws were amended in 2018, while one category of employment class action lawsuits surged.  Critical U.S. Supreme Court cases refined and revised laws pertaining to employment class action cases.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

TV Star Receives Massive Settlement from CBS for Sexual Harassment

What constitutes a hostile work environment?

Television actress Eliza Dushku, best known for her performance in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” recently received a $9.5-million-dollar settlement from CBS after filing claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination.  Dushku had signed on to play a role in the new CBS series “Bull.” She starred in three episodes and the show planned to make her a full time cast member. Shortly after, Dushku claims that her co-star, Michael Weatherly, began to make her feel uncomfortable.
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Friday, December 21, 2018

NYC Employers Have New Requirements for Lactation Rooms

Do all New York City employers need to offer a lactation room to employees?

With ever-shifting laws, it is critical that New York City employers stay abreast of new legal developments.  Recently, New York City adopted two new laws pertaining to lactation rooms for employees. These laws will go into effect on March 18, 2019, and employers should start preparing now to implement the new laws.  Our Read more . . .

Monday, November 26, 2018

New EU Copyright Law May Limit Artists from Sharing Works on Social Media

How would the European Union’s Copyright Directive alter existing copyright laws?

In the age of the internet, artists share much of their work online.  Social media outlets have made it far easier for artists to access the work of other artists and, at times, incorporate some aspects of it into their own piece.  Now, the European Union may take action to crackdown on the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted works online. The proposed Copyright Directive, which is the most significant change to copyright laws in the EU since 2001, could be approved by the European Parliament as soon as September.  If passed, the law could have significant international ramifications in theRead more . . .

Monday, November 12, 2018

Takeaways From the Dallas Mavericks’ Sexual Harassment Scandal

Why might sexual harassment occur in a workplace despite clear company policies forbidding it?

This past February, an article came out in Sports Illustrated revealing disturbing instances of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct in the office of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks.  Following release of the article, several serious investigations were launched. Allegations regarding a hostile workplace and unwanted sexual advances by staff swirled, all despite a company policy in place banning such practices.  Our Read more . . .

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Suit in NY

Can I be fired without cause if I have an employment agreement?

Employees today are typically deemed to be “at-will,” meaning that an employer can terminate the employment at any time.  However, certain employees who have a written or oral employment contract may be entitled to protections against firings without cause.  Additionally, even at-will employees cannot be terminated for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons. Our Read more . . .

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Apple Faces Allegations of Trade Secret Theft

Qualcomm, a telecommunications company that focuses on the development and licensing of mobile phone chips, recently accused Apple of stealing trade secrets and giving them to competitor Intel Corp.  In its lawsuit, Qualcomm asserts that Apple unlawfully transmitted the company’s trade secrets for the purpose of improving upon chipsets like those manufactured by Intel, so that Intel could ultimately garner Qualcomm’s Apple-based business.  This lawsuit is just the most recent in a series of legal disputes between Apple and Qualcomm.  Our NYC trade secrets lawyers discuss the Qualcomm versus Apple battle and the ways in which your company can protect trade secrets below.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

NY Employers Need To Comply With New Sexual Harassment Policies

What changes should be made to my employee handbook to conform to new NYC laws?

The #MeToo movement has awakened the nation to the ongoing problem of sexual harassment. In an effort to end sexual harassment in the workplace, lawmakers in New York and New York City have passed a series of laws that will apply to employers of all sizes. Failure to comply with such laws could leave NYC employers vulnerable to litigation. It is imperative that New York employers consult with an..

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