NY Tips, Gratuities And Mandatory Service Charges Tax Law Basics: Rules for New York Businesses and Employees

New York businesses and its employees alike can both benefit from learning the rules for NY tips, gratuities and mandatory service charges. Many New Yorkers are tipped employees. Jobs where workers earn tips range from waiters and servers, to hotel employees and those who provide other services like delivery workers.

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Some Uber Drivers May Be Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

An administrative ruling out of New York state found that, under certain conditions, Uber drivers may be entitled to state unemployment benefits. The NYS Department of Labor (DOL) ruled that two Uber drivers were eligible for weekly jobless benefits. This represents the first time that a state government determined that

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What I Learned About International Business Law By Visiting Seoul

I took away a few lessons in law that businesses looking to expand internationally must consider after recently visiting my law firm partner Sean Hayes in his adopted home of Seoul. First, show some respect to your target market. Just like when you chose your domestic business target market, observing your

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Federal Court Dismisses Claim That Disney Violated H1-B Visa Law

A federal judge dismissed lawsuits brought by two former Walt Disney Parks and Resorts workers claiming that it conspired with outsourcing companies to violate visa laws. According to published reports, the lawsuit claimed that two American IT workers were laid off and forced to train foreign replacements with H1-B temporary visas

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Suit Claiming NY’s Daily Fantasy Sports Law Is Gambling, Not Skill

An anti-gambling reform group filed a lawsuit last week claiming that New York’s “Daily Fantasy Sports” law violates the NY State constitution by characterizing daily fantasy sports contests as games of skill, rather than games of chance. The suit was filed in New York Supreme Court in Albany County by

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Supreme Court Extends RICO Law To Cover Acts By Domestic Organizations Overseas

The Supreme Court determined in RJR Nabisco v. European Community that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) — a statute created to fight organized crime across the country, can be applied to prosecute criminal acts outside of the United States and, in some cases, even create a private right of

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New York Divorce: Residency Requirements and Permissible Grounds for Divorce in NY

Prior to filing for a divorce in New York, you must meet the residency requirement as outlined in New York’s Domestic Relations Law, and you must have a legally acceptable ground for the divorce in New York. Domestic Relations Law § 230 outlines the residency requirement that parties seeking a

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New York City Considering Subsidizing Legal Counsel For Low-Income Persons In Housing Court

The New York City Council is considering legislation that would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the nation that would confer the right to counsel in housing court for low-income persons. The bill would guarantee civil legal counsel for low-income tenants in an eviction or foreclosure proceeding, so

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Pokémon Go Lawsuit Claims Game Creators Entice Users To Trespass

Creators of the popular Pokémon Go augmented reality game are litigants in a lawsuit claim that the game entices users to trespass on other’s properties. Nintendo, the Pokemon Company and Niantic Labs are named in a lawsuit filed in New Jersey on behalf of Jeffrey Marder, a homeowner who claims to have

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New York Extends Time For WTC Disability Claims By 9/11 First Responders

This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that extended the submission deadline for disability claims by first responders who worked at the World Trade Center (WTC) and related rescue operations after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The submission deadline under the WTC Disability Law has been extended

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Drafting a New York Prenuptial Agreement

In light of the impending divorce of superstar couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, now is a good time to become re-acquainted with what a prenuptial agreement is and what can and cannot be included in a New York prenuptial agreement. A New York prenuptial agreement is: a contract between future

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States Sue The U.S. Department of Labor To Stop New Overtime Rules

Twenty-one states have joined together in suing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the hopes of halting the imminent implementation of its new overtime rule, which they claim is unconstitutional and fiscally unsustainable. Starting December 1, the DOL’s new overtime rule mandates time-and-a-half overtime be paid by public and

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Fox Sues Netflix For Poaching Key Employees: Tortious Interference Law

Media giant Fox filed a lawsuit against Netflix claiming it has been damaged by Netflix’s aggressive and improper campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by inducing them to break their employment contracts. The claim that Fox will attempt to articulate is called tortious interference. The elements of

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Apple Sued In Class Action For Breach of Contract Over iPhone 7 Pre-Orders

Apple iPhone users who signed up for a program to pay extra with the promise of receiving the latest device each year have filed a class action for a breach of contract claiming that they’ve been told to wait longer for their new gadgets than they should. In a proposed

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Use A Cease and Desist Letter in New York

Proper use of a cease and desist letter is the first measure a business can take to protect itself from copyright and trademark infringement – as seen in recent news articles.  GiGi New York sent Gigi Hadid and her Tommy Hilfiger collaboration a cease and desist letter because of the

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What NY Businesses Should Learn From the United States v. Texas Immigration Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Texas this past June upheld a challenge to a pair of executive orders on immigration. While the political rancor continues on the issue of immigration, especially on the grand stage of election politics, businesses should remain vigilant in the evolution of immigration law

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U.S. Government Formally Recalls Samsung Galaxy Note 7 For Dangerous Battery

The U.S. federal government issued a formal recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices for a defective and dangerous battery. The Consumer Products Safety Commission published a statement on its website urging owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone to turn them off and stop charging devices due to

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Airbnb To NY: We’ll Sue If You Pass New Home-Sharing Law

Home-sharing company Airbnb has threatened to sue New York if Gov. Cuomo signs off on a new home-sharing law that would establish heavy fines for tenants that host short-term rentals without being present. According to Fortune, Airbnb general counsel Rob Chestnut sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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“Certified” Translation of Documents Accompanying U.S. Immigration Visa Applications

Applicants for U.S. Immigration Visas must be accompanied by supporting documents from your nation of origin and “certified” translations of those documents are, typically, required. Applying for U.S. immigration visa can be a complex undertaking. Depending on the purpose of the visit to the United States, an applicant will have

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The Most Common Ways NY Small Businesses Land In Court & Ways To Avoid The Court Room

Everyday, New York small businesses are served with lawsuits that could have been avoided had they implemented some simple practices that help avoid the court room. On average, a business with revenues of $1 million per year will spend about 2%, or about $20,000, per year in legal fees. That

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