New York Issues Final Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Guidelines – Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

By: Subhash Viswanathan

On October 1, the New York State Division of Human Rights issued its final model sexual harassment policy and training guidelines to assist employers in complying with the new sexual harassment legislation that will become effective October 9, 2018.  One piece of good news for employers is that the Division’s final training guidelines no longer require that employers train all employees by January 1, 2019, as the Division initially proposed.  Instead, according to the FAQs, employers will have until October 9, 2019 — a full 12 months from the effective date of the legislation — to complete the training for all employees
 
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DiNapoli: Calls to Investigate Violations of Do Not Call Law Going Unanswered

Do Not Call registry complaints by New York state residents have more than doubled since 2014 to more than 450,000 annually, but only two cases were referred for enforcement action in 2016 and 2017 combined, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

Women in Law Section Kick-off Networking Event–By NYSBA

Monday, October 15, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY

Complimentary

 

Meet Members and Leaders.  Learn about Section Membership.

 

Our Mission: To advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law.

 

RSVP to kmcnary@nysba.org or Register Online.

Albany Law School – Sustaining New York’s Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Stephanie A. Bugos
Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear GP Section members:

 

The General Practice Section is pleased to co-sponsor the following program. The impetus behind this event is to increase the number of New York attorneys who are equipped to counsel clients who are in the important but vulnerable farm industry. If you are interested in gaining the interdisciplinary competency required for farm business counseling, please consider attending.

 

Sustaining NY’s Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

9:00am – 3:30pm

thINCubator, 326 Broad St., Utica, NY

 

Farm businesses are fundamental to New York State’s economy and the agricultural food and product diversity that the state is renowned for. Yet many of these businesses are struggling to survive into the next generation. This Continuing Legal Education program is designed to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the diverse legal solutions available to farm businesses planning for sustainable futures.

 

(Note: The accredited provider for this course is Albany Law School’s Institute of Legal Studies, not NYSBA.)

 

View flyer

 

Registration and details:

alumni.albanylaw.edu/farmfutures

Labor Class Civil Service Employees Afforded Job Protection–BS&K News & Insights

By: Craig L. Olivo

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On September 7, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that amended Civil Service Law Section 75. Pursuant to the amendments, Section 75 now extends hearing rights (i.e., the right to written disciplinary charges and a hearing before imposition of a reprimand, fine, suspension without pay, demotion or termination) to “Labor Class” employees after five years of continuous service.
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Raise the Age – OJI

The Office for Justice Initiatives is committed to developing a court model that produces sustained positive outcomes for New York’s justice system involved youth. The OJI, in collaboration with state and local agencies, non-profit and child-serving organizations, and other stakeholders will promote necessary reforms and develop new strategies to establish a more efficient, and fair juvenile justice system.

On April 10, 2017, New York State raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age, ensuring that young people in New York who commit non-violent crimes receive the intervention and evidence-based treatment they need. By October 2019, New York will no longer automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

The OJI will oversee the Unified Court System workgroup to implement legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York through its full enactment in 2020.

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New York State’s Raise the Age website

Raise the Age Legislation

Application to Seal a Criminal Conviction after 10 years

New NY law protects animals when owners are evicted–Democrat & Chronicle

Chad Arnold, Albany Bureau

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ALBANY – A bill seeking to protect pets in the event their owners are evicted from their homes has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The new law, which took effect immediately, requires officers executing an eviction warrant to search the property for animals and coordinate their safe removal with the person being evicted or local animal protection services before locking up the property.

The bill was introduced in January following the eviction of a Brooklyn family whose pit bull was locked in a small cage inside the residence with no access to food or water, according to a sponsor’s memo attached to the bill.

The dog remained locked in the cage for two days until the family gained a court order to enter the apartment and retrieve the two-year-old rescue pet.

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