BY KILLIAN BELL • 6:36 AM, JUNE 30, 2016
It’s hard to believe that Apple’s speedy Macs are still using a file system that was developed more than 30 years ago, when floppy disks and spinning hard drives were considered cutting-edge technology.
But that’s going to change in 2017 with the new Apple File System, or APFS. Here’s everything you need to know about APFS and how it’s going to make your life better, no matter what Apple device(s) you use.
Lawyers across the country should be on the lookout for phishing emails, which purport to be about new discipline investigations.More than 50 attorneys have received the emails, which have links to malicious software, says Molly Flood, research and information manager with the ABA’s Division for Bar Services. She suspects that senders get email addresses through the websites of state bars that also handle attorney regulation.
“They also dummied up a webpage, that looked like it was our website,” says Francine Walker, the Florida Bar’s director of public information. Besides using unpaid bar dues and discipline complaints as a ruse, some of the emails claimed that the bar changed its fee schedule.
Read entire report from ABA Journal here.
This guide is meant to help individuals, families, and households who use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers.
The guide explains who must follow the FLSA rules, with examples of situations involving hiring a home care worker directly, using a home care agency, and arranging care through a self-directed program. It discusses paid providers who are family members of the consumer and who are live-in workers.
The guide also explains how to follow the FLSA rules, that is, what it means to pay minimum wage and overtime, track hours worked, and keep proper records.
Download the Guide in PDF here.
Register for the July 13 rebroadcast of the two-hour webinar, “Practicing Before the IRS – Circular 230 A to Z.”
Certificates of completion are being offered. Earn up to three continuing education (CE) Credits — two CE credits for Ethics and one for Federal Tax.
NOTE: If you previously earned CE credit for the Jan. 13, 2016, “Practicing Before the IRS” webinar, you may participate in the July 13 rebroadcast, but you may not earn credit again for this rebroadcast
Empire Justice Center:
Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people have historically experienced discrimination, harassment and violence at far higher rates than other people because of their gender identities and gender expression. After decades of advocacy, the legal landscape is finally starting to recognize transgender and gender-nonconforming people as a class that deserves protection under the law.
The Know Your Rights guide explains how the New York State Human Rights Law (HRL), specifically, protects transgender and gender-nonconforming people. It describes what unlawful discrimination looks like, and what you can do if it happens to you. This guide also contains some information about your legal rights under other state and federal laws, and gives you contact information for legal advocates and attorneys across New York State that may be able to advise you about your rights.
CLICK HERE to view the Guide.
CLICK HERE to view the one page flyer.
The New York State Bar Association, a non-profit professional association, seeks a Program Attorney to assist in developing, coordinating and producing quality continuing legal education programs in both live and online formats. A JD is required. The ideal candidate should have experience in continuing legal education, or equivalent course development, and a minimum of two to three years of legal practice background. Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills are required in addition to MS Office computer skills.
The position is located in Albany and requires some travel to the New York City area. The Association is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefit package. Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
New York State Bar Association
Human Resources Department
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
New York State Bar Association
SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD ADVISORY
From: Patricia J. Geary
Subject: Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma
At the June 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved through emergency action an amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to require superintendents to make a local determination as to the academic proficiency for eligible students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
SPECIAL EDUCATION FIELD ADVISORY
From: Patricia J. Geary
Subject: Guidance on Procedures Relating to Special Education Impartial Hearings
PDF Version of Memo
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification regarding some of the procedural requirements relating to special education due process hearings pursuant to section 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner.
By Kathleen Tetreault
On June 1, 2016, Ohio became the first state in the nation to open its ABLE account program. This news is making national headlines because individuals from any state–including Connecticut–can go on-line and create an Ohio ABLE account that will be valid in the individual’s home state. What are ABLE accounts?
Read the entire article to find out more.
Since each state is responsible for establishing and maintaining this particular type of savings program, each state is also responsible for enacting legislation with regards to ABLE accounts. On December 22, 2015 New York passed Senate Bill No. 4472 which allows annual contributions up to $14,000 made by a NY Able account owner into an eligible NY Able account. This law went into effect on April 1, 2016 and any qualifying contribution will be allowed as a deduction against the taxpayer’s federal taxable income which is subject to New York State income tax. Similarly, any distributions from a NY ABLE account that are used toward qualified expenses may also be subtracted from the taxpayer’s federal taxable income to the extent that they were in included in gross income for federal income tax purposes. It is important to note that distributions from a NY ABLE account that are used toward non-qualified expenses are to be added to the taxpayer’s federal taxable income.
Read more at Wilken & Gutterplan, P.C.:
Complying with Education Law Article 129-B New York State Education
This guidance document is joint guidance of the State Education Department and the New York State Office of Campus Safety. It is intended to assist colleges and universities in complying with Education Law Article129-B, as added by Chapter 76 of the Laws of 2015, relating to the establishment of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking prevention and response policies and procedures. Article 129-B includes §§ 6439-6449 of the Education Law.
II- History of the Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced comprehensive sexual assault prevention legislation as part of the 2015 Executive Budget. Final legislation was passed unanimously in the Senate (S.5965, sponsored by Senator LaValle) and 138-4 in the Assembly (A.8244, sponsored by Assemblymember Glick) on June 17, 2015. On July 7, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law as Chapter 76 of the Laws of 2015.
Article 129-B (except for the provisions regarding Climate Surveys [Education Law §6445] and Reporting Aggregate Data to the Department [Education Law §6449]) became effective October 5, 2015. The Climate Survey and Aggregate Data sections take effect in July 2016 with the provisions applying for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The State Education Department (SED) is required by Education Law §6449(4) to adopt regulations by October 5, 2016 relating to the reporting of aggregate data, in consultation with representatives of SUNY, CUNY, and the private and independent colleges.
Each institution is required by Education Law §6440(1) to adopt written rules implementing this article by amending its code of conduct or other comparable policies. A copy of these rules and policies must be filed with SED on or before July 1, 2016. Updated policies must be filed at least every 10 years, except that the second filing shall coincide with the required filing of a certificate of compliance under Article 129-A of the Education Law, and continue on the same cycle thereafter.
Read or download entire Guidance in pdf.