President Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into Law

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA).  Among other things, the DTSA provides immunity to individuals who disclose trade secrets in the course of  a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit, provided the trade secrets are filed under seal, or who disclose trade secrets to the government and/or an attorney solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of the law.

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New York Paid Family Leave Benefit Law - Webinar

After much discussion and negotiation, New York State passed a Paid Family Leave Benefits Law on April 1, 2016. Click below to view a webinar hosted by HSE Labor and Employment Attorney Luke P. Wright addressing what this law entails and the actions that employers should consider taking today, before the law goes into effect.

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April 2016 Budget Proposal - Wage Hike

Big changes are in store for employers in New York State.  On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation to implement scheduled wage hikes that will eventually raise New York’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over a period of several years. The amount and pace of the increase will vary based upon geographic location within the State.  The increase represents a compromise between Governor Cuomo, who sought a faster rise to the $15.00 per hour mark, and the Senate Republicans, who pushed for more time for employers to adjust to a rising wage. 

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Tips for Businesses to Avoid Scams This Tax Season

From the World Wide Web to over the phone, cyber criminals are finding more and more ways to trick us into sharing personal information, many times without us thinking twice about it.

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Human Resource Managers May Be Individually Liable For FMLA Violations

In a decision that should send a chill down the spines of Human Resource professionals everywhere, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently found that a company’s Director of Human Resources could be individually liable for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The decision, Cathleen Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America et al., was decided by the Second Circuit on March 17, 2016 and is available here. (view as PDF)

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