U.S. Green Card And The Benefits Of Permanent Residency In The U.S.

The process of obtaining a Green Card in the United States can be exhaustive and complex, but holders of it enjoy many benefits that come with permanent residency in the U.S. In the U.S., a Green Card is a permanent resident card allowing the holder to stay and work permanently

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Visas For A Temporary Visit To The United States: U.S. Immigration Law Basics

Generally, U.S. Immigration Law can get very complicated. Depending upon the nature and duration of a given visit, knowing the basics about the various types of Temporary Visas to the U.S. available will make the Visa application process easier to navigate. A Temporary Visa, also called a Non-Immigrant Visa, can come

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Small Businesses Can Start Using Drones According to FAA

New federal regulations take effect that will allow commercial uses of drones in the United States. The rules created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cover unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds flown for “routine non-hobbyist use.”  The rules govern simple uses of drones for tasks like surveying property,

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New York City Forcing Certain Employers To Sign “Labor Peace” Agreements

New York City is trying to force certain employers to sign “labor peace” agreements with unions. Last month, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an executive order requiring property developers receiving at least $1 million in “financial assistance” to require any large retail and food service tenants on the premises

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Suing a non-New York Company in a New York court: Understanding New York’s “Long Arm” Statute

A recent decision highlights the importance of understanding New York’s “Long-Arm” Statute when considering to sue an overseas business.  A New York court ruled that a flight attendant claiming that a defectively designed jump seat on an Airbus made in France caused her injury on a flight from Boston to

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NLRB Judge Rules Chipotle Is Liable For Labor Violation For Enforcing “Unlawful” Social Media Policy

This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Chipotle Mexican Grill had an “unlawful” social media policy that violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). According to published reports which detail the facts of this particular case, the dispute stems from charges filed on the worker’s behalf by the

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What NYC Businesses Can Learn From The Blue Man Group Royalties Dispute

There are lessons to be learned by fledgling NYC businesses from the recent legal battle over royalties between Blue Man Group and a collaborator. If you are a New Yorker, or a tourist visiting New York City, then you probably know of Blue Man Group, a troupe of street artists

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Proposed Change to NYC Hiring Practices Intended To Tackle Wage Inequity

A proposed change to New York City local law seeks to make certain customary hiring practices illegal for employers in New York City. This week, the NYC Office of Public Advocate introduced proposed legislation that would make it illegal for employers to inquire into a job applicant’s wage history during

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COBRA Basics for New York Businesses

To conclude our series on federal laws that every small business owner must know, we discuss an employer’s obligation to provide health insurance under New York law.(For other stories in this series, you can read our posts about best practices to avoid age discrimination, New York’s new laws involving family and medical

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NY’s Family Leave Law: What It Means For NY Small Businesses

Earlier this year, New York enacted the NY Family Leave Law, which mandates NY businesses, including small businesses, to provide family leave for most employees.  This article is part of our ongoing series of laws that NY small business owners should consider.  Under the new law Family Leave Law in New

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Federal Laws that NY Businesses should Consider: NY Compliance Law Basics

Depending upon certain factors, every New York business must comply with federal laws governing employment and liability to third parties. We shall be updating the reader on major compliance issues over the next couple of weeks.  This week, we are going to look at three federal laws that you should

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NY’s Daily Fantasy Sports Law Contains Major Flaw

In following up on an earlier post we wrote about the waiting game set up by the New York State government for daily fantasy sports, we are happy to report that DFS businesses like FanDuel and DraftKings are back open for business in New York. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a

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Can a Hashtag Be Registered As A Trademark?

Talking to a colleague today, we both came upon an interesting legal question: is a social media hashtag a trademark that one can register? For those who are not familiar with hashtags, it is a word or phrase preceded by a “#” that accompanies text. Hashtags are used to categorize

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Breach of the Duty of Care in New York -Say Out of the Strip Clubs if you are using Corporate Funds

A recent lawsuit makes allegations that, if true, shows what not to do if your New York startup business obtains investment funding. According to Business Insider, Marcus and Mitch Weller, the brothers who founded Skully, a company that designs next-generation “augmented reality” motorcycle helmets who raised millions in crowd-sourced funds, allegedly

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FDA Cracking Down on Underage Sale of Electronic Smoking Devices

NY Small businesses that sell electronic smoking devices like vape pens and e-cigarettes will now have to treat them as “tobacco products” thanks to new FDA regulations intended to crack down on underage sales of these items. This week, a earlier ruling from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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New NLRB Labor Rules Negatively Impact U.S. Franchises

Revised federal rules from the National Labor Relations Board that give employees more leverage in settling workplace disputes are negatively impacting franchisors and franchisees, leaving them with higher costs and forcing them to scale back plans for future expansion. The new policy adopted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

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Business Groups Sue Over U.S. Government Crackdown on Corporate Inversions

Two business groups have sued the Obama administration over the government’s crackdown on U.S. companies moving abroad to reduce their tax burden.  The process is known as a corporate inversion. Also called a tax inversion, a corporate inversion is the practice of a corporation relocating its legal domicile to a

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Filing a DBA Name In New York

If you want to conduct business under a trade name that is different from the name used to form your New York business, then you need to file a DBA, or a “doing business as” name, in New York. DBAs are useful for a number of reasons. They allow a

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NY Agency Law Basics: Obtaining an agent to distribute your products in New York

New York Agency law deals with the relationship between an “agent,” and a “principal.” An agency relationship forms when a principal asks an individual to act on behalf of the principal and the action of the agent may bind the principal in some way.  Agency, in short, is a fiduciary

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Recent Intellectual Property Law News: From iPhones and Flight Simulators To Cheerleader Uniforms

Intellectual property rights remain a significant issue throughout the world, as outlined in the variety of claims brought around the world over a wide variety of IP issues. In June, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau ordered Apple to stop sale of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for violating

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