May 12, 2017

New York City Restricts Inquiries and Use of Job Applicants’ Salary History

New York City has expanded the subjects that are off-limits to employers during the hiring process.  Mayor Bill DiBlasio recently signed legislation (the “Act”) that will make it unlawful during the hiring process for employers and employment agencies to inquire about or rely upon an applicant’s salary history when determining the applicant’s salary, benefits or… Read more



May 10, 2017

More on Second Hand Smoke

Cooperative and Condominium Directors and Managers: There was a collective sigh of relief last week when the Appellate Division, First Department – the New York appellate court whose jurisdiction includes Manhattan and the Bronx – unanimously reversed the lower court’s decision in Reinhard v. Connaught Tower Corp. and vacated an award of substantial damages to… Read more


May 5, 2017

House Passes Bill to Repeal and Replace the ACA

Yesterday, U.S. House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act by a narrow margin of 217-213. Fulfilling the campaign promises of President Donald Trump and GOP House members, this Act repeals and replaces many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare). It now moves to the U.S. Senate, where it is expected to… Read more


Apr 27, 2017

National Health Care Decisions Day: Do You Know Where Your Advance Directive Is?

National Health Care Decisions Day was recognized this year the week of April 16-22. The purpose of the week was to focus on weaving Advance Directives and end-of-life care planning “into the fabric of life1.” Although the week has passed, it is critical to understand the importance of Advance Directives. What is an Advance Directive?  Often… Read more



Mar 30, 2017

President Trump Revokes Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution that rolled back President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 that required bidders for federal contracts to disclose their labor law violations. In addition, President Trump issued an Executive Order officially revoking President Obama’s initial Executive Order. President Trump’s Executive… Read more


Mar 29, 2017

Coal Ash Decision Expands Clean Water Act to Include Groundwater Discharges

On March 23, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that Dominion Power’s discharge of pollutants via a groundwater pathway was in violation of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Sierra Club had filed a citizen suit against Dominion, arguing that discharges from coal ash ponds and related facilities were discharging pollutants… Read more


Mar 7, 2017

ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill Released

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee of the U. S. House of Representatives released the American Health Care Act (the “Act”), which would repeal and replace portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Notable provisions in the Act that would affect… Read more


Mar 1, 2017

Cooperative Transfers to Family Members

Cooperative Directors and Managers: The New York Court of Appeals recently issued its decision in the case of Del Terzo v. 33 Fifth Avenue, which had been moving through the New York courts for four and half years. The decision is significant because it establishes statewide limitations on the exercise of board discretion in many… Read more