Legal Blog And Client Alerts

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April 1, 2022

As we enter our third April under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mask mandates have been lifted in schools and public buildings, and it is expected that the mask mandate for public transit will soon end. 

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January 31, 2022

Franklin v. Whole Foods Market Group Inc. et al (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 20-04935) involves a man who served 23 years in prison following a conviction for second degree murder. Upon his release, he applied for a grocery delivery job at Cornucopia Logistics, which serves Amazon and Whole Foods. Upon discovering that the job applicant, Henry Franklin, had misled the company by answering “no” when asked if he had a criminal record, the company denied him employment, citing the applicant’s untruthful answer as the reason for not hiring him.

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January 15, 2022

On January 13, 2022 the United States Supreme Court ruled on two watershed cases related to the mandatory vaccination of workers in America against the COVID-19 virus. Already the questions have been coming in from employers wondering, ‘what impact does this have on my business operations?’

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December 8, 2021

Each year at this time, we find it valuable to offer a few reminders to our clients and community when it comes to hosting holiday gatherings for your employees.

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November 1, 2021

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) revised its guidelines on religious exemptions to employer vaccine mandates.

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October 21, 2021

The email scandal involving now-former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden offers an opportunity to remind both employers and employees that the “e” in email frequently stands for “evidence.”

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September 9, 2021

Buffalo, New York finds itself the epicenter of a controversial drive by Starbucks workers to unionize. For years, workers at the corporate coffee behemoth have complained about labor practices related to staffing, sick leave, and a general lack of support from management.

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August 5, 2021

Detailed Report out of Albany Serves as Wake-Up Call for Both Public and Private Sector Employers

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June 14, 2021

Ruling affirms right of employer to terminate an employee who refuses the COVID-19 vaccine.

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March 26, 2021

With more than six million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine already administered in New York, employers and employees both face an important question: can a company mandate its employees get vaccinated? 

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January 6, 2021

The new year brings new paid leave requirements to New York employers. New York State established additional rights to paid leave for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers on April 3, 2020.

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December 9, 2020

Employers planning to hold virtual celebrations may want to consider the potential liability before raising a Zoom cocktail with employees

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September 29, 2020

In 2019, Wal-Mart was ordered to pay $6 million to a class of plaintiffs after a lawsuit (Hamilton et al. v. Wal-Mart) alleged the retail giant engaged in unlawful tactics to discourage employees from leaving the building during their state-mandated break and meal periods.   

Though that case is currently being appealed, it sheds light on an area of labor and employment law where it can be common for an employer to be unknowingly in violation.

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August 10, 2020

Social media has been lighting up in recent weeks with stories about life behind the scenes on the Emmy Award-Winning talk show, “Ellen.”

The tales range from stories of rude behavior, to hostile working conditions, racism and sexual harassment. Despite her squeaky clean image as America’s fun-loving, dancing talk show host, current and former staffers report a workplace that is anything but fun-loving.

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August 5, 2020

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after admitting he stole trade secrets from Google related to self-driving car technology.

In sentencing Levandowski to jail time, U.S. District Judge William Alsup sent a clear message to would-be IP thieves: brilliance is no excuse for theft. In denying the Levandowski defense team’s request for home confinement in lieu of jail, the Court refused to “give a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets.”

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July 28, 2020

There was a time when working from home was considered a perk. Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, it has quickly become the norm.

Working from home has afforded companies a way to stay productive while minimizing the risk of employees transmitting COVID-19. However, without proper planning, companies may find themselves exposed to myriad other risks.