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We must uphold standards of self-governance in response to virus

As a community and a nation, we come together in times of crisis. Ironically, when it comes to COVID-19, our unification is best done in a metaphorical rather than literal sense. In that spirit of unity, I ask that everyone ...

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Legal Loop: The ethics of responding to negative online reviews

These days the online world matters just as much as the offline world when it comes to conducting business. The Yellow Pages have been replaced by Google and apps, just as restaurant and movie reviews in newspapers have now been ...

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Trials and Tribulations: Will paid surrogacy become legal in New York state?

Currently, the only states in the U.S. that do not allow surrogacy in any form are New York and Michigan. Paid surrogacy in New York is currently punishable with a fine and unpaid surrogacy agreements are unenforceable. Legislation incorporated into ...

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Keeping Your Balance: Fraud risk factors include ‘The Fraud Triangle’ and behavioral red flags

As the world evolves there are more controls to help monitor assets and activities within organizations than ever before; there are also new threats and opportunities to commit fraud that weren’t even a thought 20 years ago. What is truly ...

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The Inclusive Office: Representations of diversity in media are problematic, and that causes real problems

In the limited run of “The Inclusive Office,” I’ve already twice encouraged consuming diverse media — watching TV and movies made by and starring people different from you, listening to podcasts hosted by people different from you, reading fiction made ...

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Workplace Issues: Notice of plaintiff’s impairment not enough to trigger the interactive process

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals holds that absent a formal reasonable accommodation request, an employer is not always expected to assume that a disabled employee needs workplace accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act. This is the first time the Court ...

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Real Estate Law: Technology allows counties to open express lane to faster real estate transactions

Faster, easier and cost-effective — those are the promises that technology makes in both our personal and our professional lives. In the realm of commercial real estate transactions, the promise of faster, easier and cost-effective would appeal to all parties, ...

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Civil Litigation: When is a deal a deal?

A construction company submitted a bid to serve as the general contractor for a public/private historic redevelopment project. After being told by the developer that it was the successful bidder, over the next several months the construction company participated in ...

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