Are Arbitration Clauses Right For Your Small Business?

business contract lawyer Long IslandWhen contracting on behalf of your small business, it is important to identify whether you would like to include an arbitration clause. Many small business contracts include arbitration clauses that mandate all disputes arising out of the claim to be brought in arbitration rather than litigated in court.  Before entering into a contract including an arbitration clause, or including one in a contract of your own, it is important to gain an understanding of the process. Continue reading “Are Arbitration Clauses Right For Your Small Business?”

New York City Takes Steps to Combat Discrimination Based on Hair

employment discrimination defense lawyerIn February 2019, New York City released new guidelines that would provide legal recourse to those who have faced harassment, punishment, or termination due to their hair or hairstyle. As reported by The New York Times, the legal enforcement guidelines, which were released by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR), specify that targeting individuals based on their hair or hairstyle at work, in school, or in public spaces can now be considered racial discrimination. The law is applicable to New York City. Continue reading “New York City Takes Steps to Combat Discrimination Based on Hair”

Cuomo May Seek Internet Sales Tax on Products Sold Online

business lawyer Nassau CountyNewsday reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to implement a tax on all products bought from Internet-based retailers. Cuomo said the rate would be 7% throughout much of the state and implementing such a tax would generate $250 million in revenue a year. Continue reading “Cuomo May Seek Internet Sales Tax on Products Sold Online”

When Can I Use an Electronic Signature?

business lawyer Nassau CountyWith the advancement of technology, more individuals are abandoning the pen and paper in exchange for electronic documents.  When entering into any type of electronic agreement, it is important to know whether an electronic signature is valid and whether it can be enforced. Continue reading “When Can I Use an Electronic Signature?”

Employer-Sponsored Insurance Costs Continue to Rise in New York

One of the biggest benefits a business can offer its staff is an employer-sponsored insurance plan. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, employer-sponsored health insurance plans benefit as many as 152 million people in the U.S. Unfortunately, many New York businesses and  workers are facing the harsh reality of rising insurance costs, which are far outpacing that of employees’ wages. Continue reading “Employer-Sponsored Insurance Costs Continue to Rise in New York”

Few Businesses Took Advantage of NYS Tax Loophole

Back in April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a program for workers in the state that would act as an end-around to President Trump’s $10,000 State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap by deferring payments that exceed the cap. Eight months later, the program has become a flop as very few businesses in New York State took the governor up on his offer. Continue reading “Few Businesses Took Advantage of NYS Tax Loophole”

What to Consider in a Non-Disclosure Agreement

non-disclosure agreement lawyer Long IslandNo matter what type of business one may have, protecting the business’ confidential information is crucial. Whether it be during the initial startup, bringing in investors, or in conducting other commercial matters, there are many ways a business’ confidential information can be exposed. One way to limit the release of confidential information is through the use of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). A good practice for any business is to have each individual sign a non-disclosure agreement before speaking about a possible business relationship.  Such an agreement will help prevent them from disclosing or using your information while also allowing you to speak openly with them. Continue reading “What to Consider in a Non-Disclosure Agreement”

Reduce Business Liability at the Holiday Party

business lawyer Long IslandThe holiday season is upon us and many businesses choose this time of year to celebrate workplace achievements and express gratitude to employees for their contributions. Although holiday parties are customary to some businesses, others are choosing to forgo these festive traditions in fear of legal liabilities stemming from alcohol use, injuries, and harassment. For businesses that choose to have a holiday party, it is important to take measures to minimize risk and promote safety. Continue reading “Reduce Business Liability at the Holiday Party”

Restrictive Covenants in the Medical Industry

healthcare lawyer Long IslandRestrictive employment covenants are typically disfavored by law, as they can be burdensome to the employee and prohibit them from making a decent living after the termination of a former job. However, restrictive covenants in the medical industry are highly enforceable in some ways.

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Forming A Business Corporation in New York

forming a business in New YorkThere are many types of business entities you can form, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, and corporations, among others. Many entrepreneurs opt to form a corporation because of the unique benefits that are associated with it, which include: Continue reading “Forming A Business Corporation in New York”