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Clarifying the Sexual Harassment Standard in New York

There has been a lot of reporting lately on what the legal standard is for sexual harassment claims in New York in light of the recent allegations of three women against Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Matt Miller and James O’Connor clarify the current state of New York law in this area. There are two primary laws… Read More

Environmental Attorney John Kolaga discusses TENORM in WNY

John Kolaga, NYSBA Environmental Committee Member, is presenting The “New Normal” for TENORM (Technically-Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) in New York, on Thursday, February 25th. The environmental practice in Western New York continues to evolve, with its industrialized legacy driving the need for practitioners to stay on top of regional-based considerations. This program highlights a… Read More

What to Consider if You Are Thinking of Incorporating Bitcoin Into Your Business

Jon Pierowicz‘s practice focuses on innovative companies at the forefront of their respective industries. The recent disclosure of Tesla’s $1.5 billion investment in bitcoin (“BTC”)[1] has served as an exclamation point to the growing institutional acceptance of BTC as a credible store of value, akin to cash reserves or gold. This trend has advanced partially… Read More

Gestational Surrogacy is finally legal in New York State! Now What?

Our passionate fertility and surrogacy team Jamie Batt, Elizabeth DiPirro, Micelle Graham, and Keli Iles-Hernandez understand well beyond just the legalities. If this article makes a connection with you or someone you love. Let’s Talk #FamilyLaw #PeopleAtLaw https://nypost.com/2021/02/16/with-surrogacy-now-legal-new-yorkers-look-forward-to-starting-families/ Attorney Advertising

Update: NYSDOL New COVID-19 Leave Guidance

New York State’s Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) recently issued new Quarantine Leave guidance that affects all employers, regardless of size. Back in March 2020, New York State enacted legislation that forced employers to provide job-protected leave for any employees who become subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19. That mandate subsequently was modified to… Read More

Identifying Void, Unenforceable, or Alarming Contract Provisions

Join Dan Sarzynski and Niagara Frontier Construction Financial Management Association for a virtual conversation on contract negotiations. He’ll be discussing topics such as: Pay-if-paid provisions Indemnity provisions Lien waiver and lien exhaustion provisions No-damage-for delay provisions Dispute resolution provisions Venue provisions This virtual session will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd, 8am – 9am. (Zoom… Read More

Dan Sarzynski Presents Mechanics Liens Webinar on Friday, March 26th

Dan Sarzynski, partners with the Construction Exchange for an educational mechanics lien webinar that will cover: • Overview of Mechanic’s Liens• Filing and Timing Requirements• Private vs. Public Projects• Discharging the Lien• Foreclosing the Lien• Defenses to the Lien, Including Willful Exaggeration• Lien Waivers Friday, March 268:30 am – 10:00 am $20 per person (Member) /… Read More

OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidance to Help Employers

On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published revised COVID-19 guidance (“Guidance”) to help employers identify COVID-19 risks and determine appropriate control measures.  Our Labor & Employment team breaks down the Guidance for employers. The move came following an order from President Biden directing OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to… Read More

COVID-19 Stimulus for the Year 2021 – Is Your Business Eligible for Relief?

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved a new stimulus package for the fiscal year 2021.  The stimulus package includes further relief for American citizens and businesses that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the stimulus package is an extension and second round of funding to small businesses through the… Read More

Passing the Bar Exam During a Global Pandemic – Check

Congratulations to our four Law Clerks, your hard work, dedication and courage has helped you achieve this incredible accomplishment. We are proud to introduce you to our wonderful clients. Elizabeth Costello is the newest member of our Business Law team, in our Buffalo office. Kevin Federation, Rochester office and Nolan Hale, Buffalo office will be… Read More

3 Approaches Municipalities in New York State Use to Value Your Property

Property taxes rank right up there with root canals, necessary evils all property owners must face. The COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on commercial property owners in New York State. Business owners are seeing reduced income and rent while having to comply with expensive COVID-19 related health compliance measures. This unfortunate combination has… Read More

NYS Reduces Some Restrictions on Personal Care Businesses Orange Micro-Cluster Zone

Matt Miller and our Labor & Employment team once again providing timely information for NYS COVID restrictions. Effective November 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo put parts of Erie County into an “Orange” zone under his micro-cluster initiative.  This meant that, pursuant to Executive Order 202.68 and related Empire State Development guidelines, certain non-essential businesses, including all… Read More

Fertility Law Team Prepared for New Surrogacy Laws in New York State

Family Law and Business Law practice areas join forces for surrogacy clients. Beth DiPirro, Keli Iles-Hernandez, Jamie Batt and Micelle Graham are prepared to help NYS couples and surrogates navigate the layered and often emotional process of surrogacy. The team provides Patrick Connelly of Buffalo Business First insight about the Child-Parent Security Act that was… Read More