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Banning the Box: Enforcing Fair-Chance Employment Policies

You may have encountered the box on a job application that asks you to indicate whether or not you have ever been convicted of a crime, incarcerated or arrested.  That question is now illegal in a majority of U.S. states and localities. What Does Ban-the-Box Mean? “Ban-the-box” refers to removing the box on job applications that


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What Are COVID Liability Waivers?

Liability waivers are documents businesses may choose to have their clients, customers and/or patrons sign.  They generally state that patrons will not bring a lawsuit against the business in the event they receive personal injury, including illness, from entering the business establishment or participating in a service the business provides. In light of the COVID-19


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How Can the WARN Act Protect You as an Employee?

Millions of Americans have been laid off over the last few months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  If you are an employee who has recently been laid off, you should become familiar with the federal and state WARN laws, as they may offer protection, depending on the circumstances of your lay-off. The WARN Act,


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Mixer’s Shuttering and Lessons for the Future of Streaming

At the end of June, Microsoft announced the closure of its esports streaming service, Mixer.  Since Microsoft’s acquisition and rebranding of Beam in 2016, Mixer had a polarizing and brief existence.  Despite a technologically impressive service and a community of dedicated streamers and viewers, Mixer’s viewership numbers never put more than a modest dent in


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Understanding New York Civil Rights Law §50-a

Advocacy groups have long clamored for the repeal of New York Civil Rights Law §50-a, otherwise known as the Police Secrecy Law.  Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society and Communities United for Police Reform pushed for the repeal of §50-a in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that police officers could not be


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No Automatic Right to Severance Pay in New York

When a layoff or termination occurs, one of the most common questions to arise is whether the employee is entitled to severance (or separation) pay.  Employees may be anxious to get any compensation they can, while employers may be looking to limit their responsibility or offer severance packages on their own terms.  The most important thing to note


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California’s New Legislation is a Game-Changer for Student Athletes

It is no secret that the NCAA is a very profitable business, and student athletes are clamoring for their fairshare. To that end, the Fair Pay to Play Act was introduced earlier this year and picked up steam after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law.  The Act would allow Californian student athletes to receive compensation for


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Update – Gay and Transgender Rights Protected from Employment Discrimination

In New York City, New York State and 21 other states, an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity is protected from employment discrimination based on state and local law.  Under federal law, however, LGBTQ individuals’ protection from employment discrimination depended on what federal circuit they lived in. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced in a 6-3


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Finding Safe Harbor; Navigating a DMCA Takedown Notice

Updated: June 30, 2020 If you run a website that hosts user-generated content, or are yourself a user of social media or a cloud-based storage service, you have likely heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, codified as 17 U.S.C. §512.  The DMCA is the federal law that expanded the ability to enforce copyright to


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Business Interruption Insurance v. Covid-19

People purchase insurance policies to protect themselves when they encounter unanticipated harm.  They spend money out of their own pockets with the hope that they never have to file a claim.  Everyone wants to take the appropriate steps to safeguard their health to their home, their car to their pets, and the safety nets that the right


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