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Advocate’s View: Foster care case may affect challenges to COVID restrictions

Jared K. Cook (Provided photo)

A little over a month ago, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Fulton challenges a decision by the city of Philadelphia to stop referring foster-care cases to a Catholic foster-care association because ...

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Advocate’s View: Navigating the status of evictions in New York State

Robert P. Yawman

As a result of the pandemic, New York protected both commercial and residential tenants from eviction. Eviction proceedings have been paused and modified for nearly six months because of Executive Orders, legislation, and judicial Administrative Orders. This article summarizes the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court strengthens church autonomy doctrine

Jared K. Cook (Provided photo)

Last month, in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morissey-Berru,[1] the United States Supreme Court decided two Catholic schools were exempt from employment discrimination claims from teachers they had terminated. This decision was a follow-up to the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor decision, ...

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Advocate’s View: Re-opening construction: The new normal (for now)

Richard T. Bell Jr.

During the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis, certain construction work was deemed “essential” and was permitted to continue. The guidelines regarding what work was considered essential were not always crystal clear and resulted in a lot of confusion ...

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Advocate’s View: The coronavirus and essential services

Daniel Adams

The events of the last few weeks bring to mind the curse, “May you live in interesting times.” The outbreak of COVID-19, and the resulting government action — shuttering large segments of our economy — has resulted in every business ...

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Advocate’s View: Workforce diversity now mandatory for state construction contracts

Anthony Adams

Contractors doing business with New York state have become accustomed to their legal obligation to subcontract a percentage of the work to certified minority-owned businesses (MBE) and woman-owned businesses (WBE). So it was no surprise that the requirement was reauthorized ...

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Advocate’s View: Second Circuit gives FLSA litigants a shortcut to settlement approval

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In settling a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) action, reaching an agreement between the parties has usually been just the first step. Before the parties file a stipulation of discontinuance under Federal Rule 41(a)(1)(A), the court or the Department of ...

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Advocate’s View: Ready or not: Workforce diversity now mandatory for state construction contracts

Anthony Adams

Contractors doing business with New York State have become accustomed to their legal obligation to subcontract a percentage of the work to certified minority-owned businesses (MBE) and woman-owned businesses (WBE). So it was no surprise that the requirement was reauthorized ...

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