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New Phishing Scheme Mimics Software Providers; Targets Tax Professionals

  Tax Pros Are Target of New Phishing Scam

Tax professionals: Be aware of a new phishing scam that uses email purporting to be from tax software providers to trick unwitting practitioners into downloading malware to their systems and revealing passwords and other sensitive information.

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NYSBA–Real Property Law Section Student Internship Program

The Real Property Law Section (RPLS) has partnered with law schools in New York State to create an RPLS Student Internship Program. The purpose of this clinical program is to give second and third year law students interested in transactional real estate (including environmental and sustainability issues) and real estate litigation a semester of work experience in a law firm or corporate law department. 

  

For a synopsis of the program goals and procedures click here. 

We are now actively soliciting firms to host law students who wish to participate in the internship program during the Fall 2016 semester. The host firm will have one or more law students working ten to fifteen hours per week assisting real estate practitioners in the firm. 

Student interns do not receive compensation from the host firm but, instead, receive course credit from their law schools. The host firms must not bill for the students’ work, as that would violate the law schools’ policy. The interns’ work product should be sufficient compensation to the host firm. 

  

Host firms are asked to assign at least one research and writing assignment to the intern during his/her semester of service, to critique the intern’s work product, and to interact with the law school’s internship program coordinator. 

  

Brooklyn Law School, St. John’s Law School, Hofstra Law School, New York Law School, Pace Law School, Touro Law School, Cardozo Law School and Albany Law School are participating this Fall.

Programs from previous years were extremely successful and we have had very positive feedback from our host firms, interns and participating law schools.

  

All firms that are interested in participating as a host firm this fall should complete and email the application form to David L. Berkey (dlb@gdblaw.com) as soon as possible.

EPA Issues Publication About Cleaning Up Brownfield Sites and Getting to No Further Action

Please see the New York State portions of the USEPA’s publication: “Cleaning Up Brownfields Under State Response Programs – Getting to ‘No Further Action'”:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/epabfnfa.pdf

These pages provide information on aspects of New York State’s response programs available to owners and prospective purchasers of brownfields.  It is a guide for owners of brownfields properties on the general requirements for entering a brownfield into a state cleanup program and the process for attaining a state decision or certification of the need for “no further action”.

The full report may be found at: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/cleaning-brownfields-under-state-response-programs-getting-no-further-action

Solid Waste Management Facilities (Part 360), Proposed Regulations – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Comprehensive Revisions, Enhancements and Structure Changes

This proposed rulemaking is a comprehensive revision to existing regulations. The last comprehensive revisions to the regulations governing solid waste management in New York State occurred in 1993. In support of these regulatory changes a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) [PDF] (292 KB) has been prepared. The revisions include technical amendments and clarifications, as well as updated criteria needed due to legal and policy developments.

The existing regulations for solid waste management facilities are currently found in Part 360. A component of this proposed rulemaking is to subdivide the solid waste management facility regulations into groups that are similar in nature, such as facilities that recycle and recover materials. Therefore, the current Part 360 criteria will be found in Parts 360, 361, 362, 363, 365, and 366. In addition to the solid waste management facilities and activities currently regulated under Part 360, this proposed rulemaking includes revisions to regulations governing waste transportation (Part 364) and state assistance grants to municipalities related to solid waste management (Part 369). This rulemaking will also incorporate minor amendments to Parts 621 and Parts 370-374.

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Division of Human Rights Adopts Regulation Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Relationship or Association – New York Labor And Employment Law Report

By Alyssa Campbell on June 3, 2016

Posted in Employment Discrimination, New York Law

On May 18, the New York State Division of Human Rights adopted a new regulation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s relationship or association with a member of a protected category covered by the New York Human Rights Law.  The proposed rule was published in the State Register on March 9.  The agency did not receive any public comments regarding the proposed rule, and adopted the rule without making any changes.

According to the Division, the purpose of the new regulation is to confirm long-standing precedent supporting anti-discrimination protection for individuals based on their relationship or association with members of a protected class.  The new regulation applies to employment discrimination and all other types of discrimination protected under the New York Human Rights Law, including housing, public accommodations, access to educational institutions, and credit.  In order to prove a claim of employment discrimination in this context, an individual must prove that he or she was subjected to an adverse employment action based on the individual’s known relationship or association with a member of a protected class.

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Email scam targets lawyers with fake disciplinary warnings, bar announcements–ABA Journal

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.

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“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.

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