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Sep 12, 2023

Things to do when filing for divorce in N.Y. | Commentary

Filing for divorce in New York can be a complex and difficult process. To navigate this journey successfully, it’s important to understand the specific requirements and take proactive steps to protect your interests. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to the important things to do when filing for divorce in […]

Aug 4, 2023

New York’s mandatory nurse overtime law amendments take effect

Significant amendments to New York law regarding mandatory overtime for nurses took effect on June 28, 2023. The changes resulted from New York Assembly Bill 970 / Senate Bill 850, which Governor Hochul signed in March, amending Section 167 of the Labor Law.  The legislation involved a “chapter amendment” modifying a bill previously signed by […]

Ryan McCall
Jun 26, 2023

What the expansion of the CAURD program means for the NYS cannabis industry

In March, the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced the expansion of the conditional adult-use retail dispensaries (CAURD) program, doubling the anticipated 150 business licenses for dispensaries in New York to 300. This is welcome news for many who either missed the original deadline to file for a CAURD license or were […]

Anna Anderson
May 11, 2023

Traps for the unwary: Nursing home admission agreements and third-party liability | Commentary

Federal regulators have found serious fault with the nursing home industry’s collection practices against third parties, such as family members or close friends of nursing home residents. Attorneys should be aware of the potential ethical and legal consequences of seeking to hold someone liable for another person’s nursing home bill. In fact, the Consumer Financial […]

Apr 28, 2023

Saving our Republic | Commentary

This year’s Law Day theme calls attention to key factors — cornerstones, as it is put — in the maintenance of democracy: civics, civility and collaboration. When citizens know little or nothing about the political society and its institutions, when they cannot work together to achieve results on important public matters, when they refuse to […]

Michael Liptrot
Apr 6, 2023

Can ‘Presumptive ADR’ become the new norm for New York divorces? | Commentary

In May 2019, upon recommendation by an Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), then-Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and then-Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks announced the implementation of “presumptive ADR.” The goal of the program is to automatically refer the vast majority of civil cases, including but not limited to matrimonial actions, to mediation [&hellip[...]

Mar 27, 2023

Keeping cannabis dormant | Commentary

The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall have Power … [t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” U.S. Const. Art. I, § 8, cl. 3. When the founders drafted this clause, I highly doubt that even they could have envisioned the far-reaching […]

Mar 17, 2023

Protecting employees from retaliation against lawful absences | Commentary

In November 2022, New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Assembly Bill 8092B into law, amending Section 215 of the New York Labor Law (NYLL), prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees who take a lawful absence leave pursuant to local, state or federal laws. The modifications to Section 215 of the NYLL specifically prevent employers […]

Mar 15, 2023

St. Patrick’s Day, cannabis and driving — What you need to know

It’s to no one’s surprise that police and other law enforcement will be on high alert this St. Patrick’s Day, with the 17th of March landing on a Friday this year. Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s only natural to assume that some will take the […]

Jason Snyder
Mar 13, 2023

Do millennials need an estate plan?

As the largest living generation in the U.S. — making up 22% of the population — and collectively having lived through several “once-in-a-lifetime” crises, the millennial generation has been forged into some of the most adaptable planners to date. From setting personal and professional goals, managing and interacting with their finances and investments, to purchasing […]

Ryan Lema
Mar 9, 2023

Commercial insurance: An annual review of coverages can prevent future disaster | Commentary

With spring (finally!) approaching, companies should consider adding an annual insurance checkup to their “spring cleaning” to-do list. Many businesses have, at some point, encountered this nightmare scenario: despite paying substantial insurance premiums year after year, a significant claim arises and the company learns that it is not fully covered. The claim might fall outside […]

Mar 8, 2023

How will disinflation impact the current housing market? | Commentary

The housing market is continually evolving in 2023 as inflation weighs heavily on both home buyers’ and sellers’ minds. With rates coming down and the traditionally hot spring market fast approaching, many are left wondering if they should buy, sell, or hold onto their property until things settle down. While some are predicting the housing […]

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