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Legal Difference Between Layoffs and Furloughs

Matthew Miller, speaks to Business First’s Patrick Connelly on the legal differences between layoffs and furloughs, in New York State. Though used interchangeably with regularity, there is a legal difference between a layoff and a furlough in New York state. Layoffs “The biggest difference and misconception is a layoff or a termination is intended to… Read More

Initial Indicators from the NYS 2021 Budget

Developers, construction companies, and municipalities should be aware of a few key provisions from the recently passed NYS 2021 Budget. We break it all down for you from spending cuts to the increased CHIPS competitive-bid Full Alert: NYS FY Budget Review_Developers & Construction_4_9_20 We are trained to manage risks and solve problems for you.  If… Read More

Could there be Relief of Contractual Obligations?

Despite Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8 requiring non-essential businesses to reduce in‑person workforce locations by one hundred percent (100%), businesses may find some relief from performance under their commercial leases and other contracts.  Below are some avenues that may potentially provide relief for businesses: Force Majeure in a Lease. A force majeure provision in a… Read More

Employer Alert: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits for NY

On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed a law that provides additional Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19. This new law provides: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – Extended eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for UI benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors); Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – An… Read More

Links for COVID-19 NYS & Federal Resources

We understand information overload. If you have any questions please reach out to our teams who are on the front lines of the ever-changing laws.  Labor & Employent Team or Business Law Team New York State Resources NYS Department of Labor – https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/ NYS DOL Coronavirus COVID-19 “What You Need To Know” – https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home NYS… Read More

Employer Alert: CARES Act – What does it mean for you.

Over the past week, federal legislators have made rapid strides in expanding the Coronavirus relief aid to be provided to individuals and businesses vis a vis the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).  From paycheck protection programs to net operating loss provisions, we have it all broken down for you. Full… Read More

Employer Alert: New Federal Coronavirus Leave Guidance

The Department of Labor has released some guidance for the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. RBPC covid-19 Employer Alert – 3.26.2020 – FFCRA Guidance We recognize information concerning COVID-19 is changing daily.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Labor & Employmnet team

Does your business fall under the Executive Order for 75% workforce reduction?

Late yesterday, Thursday March 19, 2020, Empire State Development Corporation (“ESD”) released the guidance required by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 that further defines and specifies whether a business is subject to the 75% workforce reduction imposed by the Governor. Executive Order 202.6 required that, no later than March 20, 2020 at 8 p.m., all… Read More

Will your Business’s Contractual Obligations be Affected by Coronavirus?

Coronavirus May Impact Your Business’s Contractual Obligations COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of American life right now and that includes business contracts. Are you wondering if your contract(s) is/are still enforceable, or if this pandemic relieves any party’s obligation to perform within the terms of the contract(s)? Step one; determine if there is a “force majeure”… Read More

We’ve Got You

We believe in a positive mindset, and if there is a silver-lining in all of this, the world is being forced to pause and realize we are all more than our professional title. We are more than just attorneys, we’re parents, care-givers, volunteers, and dedicated collaborators.  Whether we are in our office or working remotely… Read More

Team Rupp Baase 10th Year Riding for Roswell

On Saturday, June 27th Team Rupp Baase is celebrating 10 YEARS with the Ride for Roswell! Registration for the 2020 Ride is now open. Over the past nine years, with your support and dedication, together we have raised more than $655,400 for Roswell Park! Last year, Team Rupp Baase raised $125,045! Please help us to… Read More

Now Hiring a Property Insurance Defense Litigator

Our property-litigation practice group seeks an associate with 0-3 years of experience to practice in our Buffalo office in the area of property litigation, subrogation, and antitrust matters.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter with excellent research and writing skills, and must have a desire to work in a fast-paced environment. Candidate should (1) have… Read More

Firm Names New Partners

Congratualtiaons to Jamie Batt and Matt Miller for earning an Equity Partner role in the Firm.  In addition, the firm has promoted Ben Burge, Mike Colletta, and Jim Graber from Associate attorneys to Partners.  Hard work leads to outstanding achievements.  Great attorneys, great mentors, great people.

State Bans Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions

On November 8, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law a new Section 203-e of the New York State Labor Law that bans employment discrimination based on the “reproductive health decision-making” of an employee or that of an employee’s dependents.  The law became effective immediately and adds another characteristic to the ever-expanding list of “classes” protected… Read More

Sexual Harassment Prevention – The New Notice Requirement

As we previously reported in our last client alert, Governor Cuomo signed new changes to the Human Rights Law that greatly increased employers’ duties in the realm of sexual harassment prevention.  Recently, New York State updated its guidance on these new changes. Under the new law, all employers must distribute a Notice containing the employer’s… Read More

Now Hiring a Business and Commercial Litigator in our Buffalo Office

Our firm continues to grow.  We are looking for business and commercial litigators  with 3-7 years’ experience and who thrives in an innovative environment.  This team member will be based out of our Buffalo office.  Who We Are: Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham is a law firm driven by forward-thinking attorneys who embrace our clients’ enterprising… Read More

Welcome to our new partner, Marc Romanowski

We are energized, excited and proud to welcome Marc Romanowski to our firm family.  Marc brings years of Project Development, Land Use and Environmental Law experience to our growing firm.  Welcome, we know you’ll like it here.

Mental Health from a Professional and Personal Perspective

Matt Miller, our Labor & Employment leader spoke with Patrick Connelly, from the Buffalo Law Journal, answering questions many people in the business community continually have as mental health and addiction awareness grows.  Employers can normalize behavioral health discussions Our firm has experienced first hand that mental health knows no boundaries. Our dear friend William Benedict… Read More

14 Rupp Baase Attorneys Named to 2019 Upstate NY Super Lawyer List

Congratulations to the 14 Rupp Baase attorneys named to the 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.  Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Eight attorneys from our Buffalo office were selected as Super Lawyers – Jeff Baase, Marco Cercone, Thomas Cunningham, Elizabeth DiPirro, William Kennedy, Joshua… Read More

Students Cleared of Alleged Bias Misconduct

Our Campus Disciplinary Defense team successfully exonerated three college students accused of using hate speech on and around campus.  The private college in New York began an investigation based on an anonymous complaint that the students used inappropriate and derogatory language toward a non-student in an off-campus residence.  The college called the three students to… Read More