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”

Choosing the Right Classification of Worker for Your Business

business lawyer Long IslandStarting a new business or joining a currently existing business can bring a few challenges. One challenge that arises comes from the hiring process. There are multiple types of workers that can work for you. These can include Full-time Employees, Part-time Employees, Interns, and Independent Contractors. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Classification of Worker for Your Business”

Landlord & Investor Q&A August 2018: Presented by Attorney Jim Clark

In this segment Jim Clark answers the most popular questions that come up through his interactions with landlords and real estate investors through his presentations to local organizations, networking, one on one conversations as well as direct posting through his website and social media. Continue reading “Landlord & Investor Q&A August 2018: Presented by Attorney Jim Clark”

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

Garden City business lawyerOn June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of 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 business owners can refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals based on religious beliefs alone. Continue reading “Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Business in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Matter”

What You Should Know Before Hiring an Intern

Long Island business lawyerWhether 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 Wage Act and Orders, which outlines New York’s laws regarding pay and overtime. In order to be exempt from this law, an intern cannot be considered an employee and an employment relationship cannot exist between the for-profit business and the intern. It can be determined that an employment relationship does not exist if the relationship meets all of the following criteria: Continue reading “What You Should Know Before Hiring an Intern”

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

New York business lawyerDo 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. These communications can include, but not limited to, emails, text messages, and instant messenger services. Continue reading “Proposed New York City Legislation Seeks to End Requirement of After-Hours Work Communications”

New Tax Law Cracks Down on Entertainment Expenses for Businesses

Newsmax FinanceGarden City business lawyer 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. Continue reading “New Tax Law Cracks Down on Entertainment Expenses for Businesses”

NYS May Impose Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses

Long Island business lawyerThe 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 new federal tax law, state and local deductions are limited to $10,000, but any taxes paid in operating a company at the entity level continues to be considered as a business expense, and, as such, can be written off. According to the Brookings Institution, approximately 95% of U.S. businesses are “pass-throughs.” Continue reading “NYS May Impose Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses”

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

Garden City business lawyerIn 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 business’ right to exercise religious freedom may be unconstitutional and impermissible. In that case, President Obama’s healthcare plan required that certain businesses provide healthcare coverage to their employees, which included the requirement to provide coverage for female contraception. Continue reading “The Religious Rights of Business Owners and the Right to Refuse Service”

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

New York City business compliance lawyerA 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 Department of Health, Department of Buildings, FDNY, NYPD, NYS Liquor Authority, or even the Federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agency (ATF). Continue reading “Compliance Is Key to Running a Successful Business in New York City”