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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Business in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Matter

On June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor a Colorado baker who invoked his religious rights and refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The ruling was 7-2. However, the court’s decision did not resolve the larger issue of whether or not […]

What You Should Know Before Hiring an Intern

Whether or not an intern is paid is usually a deciding factor in considering hiring one. While many internships are not paid, labor laws usually allow the intern to work for college credit. However, there are restrictions to this exception. An internship must abide by specific criteria in order to be exempt from the Minimum […]

Proposed New York City Legislation Seeks to End Requirement of After-Hours Work Communications

Do employees have the right to disconnect? Rafael Espinal, a New York City council member from Brooklyn, thinks so. On March 22, 2018, Councilman Espinal introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require employees to access work-related communications when they are off duty, on vacation, using personal days, or off sick. […]

New Tax Law Cracks Down on Entertainment Expenses for Businesses

Newsmax Finance reported on a little-known item in the new tax law that will do away with special interest tax breaks and loopholes, among them the elimination of a company’s ability to write off entertainment as part of its business expenses.

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NYS May Impose Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses

The New York State Department of Taxation issued a report for the governor’s office detailing options to raise revenues for the state. One of the options the agency suggested was to impose taxes on “pass-through” businesses.

 

A “pass-through business” is a company in which income is generated through profits from a partnership. Under the […]

The Religious Rights of Business Owners and the Right to Refuse Service

In the past few years, the Supreme Court has had to make a number of decisions regarding the rights of businesses to accept and reject certain transactions and whether to provide certain benefits. In the 2014 case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Court decided that laws that contradict or interfere with a […]

Compliance Is Key to Running a Successful Business in New York City

A New York City hospitality owner should always remain compliant with both state and city regulations, otherwise he or she will be subject to hefty fines and penalties. In New York City, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs are the most likely to be subject to noise, food, or health code violations by agencies such as the […]

What Employers Need to Know About New York’s Anti-Discrimination Laws

New York employees are protected against employment discrimination under federal, state and local laws. Several federal laws extend protection against discrimination to employees. The most prominent law is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin, and […]

NY Paid Family Leave to Apply to All Private Businesses, Regardless of Size

On January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) will go into effect. Under the legislation, PFL will be a mandatory benefit in New York that will provide paid time off to employees to bond with their new child, care for a seriously ill loved one, or to address family issues […]

New York Law to Protect Freelance Workers Goes Into Effect

New York City is the first city to implement a law to protect its 1.3 million freelance workers against nonpayment. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA) mandates that employers sign a contract for freelance work that is valued at $800 or more, either for a single job or total services contracted within a 120-day […]

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