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Challenging New York City Real Property Taxes: Tentative Assessments and Initiation of the Tax Cert Process

New York City faces a continuing decline in state and federal funding and increased property taxes continue to be a reliable revenue stream to fund local services. Every January 15th, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) sends to…more
| Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part II: Physicians

In contemplating the ways in which physicians may be affected by the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and certain features of any legislation that may replace it—a good place to start is with the person selected…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

New Year, New Resolutions, New Safe Harbors

As we welcome the new year and its endless possibilities, we also welcome some new Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbors and concomitant business possibilities. In December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Stress Claims Stressing Employers Out

Let’s face it: work can be stressful. So what’s an employer to do when an employee requests a stress-free or less stressful work environment as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? As always, it depends…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part I: the Insurance Industry

In the uncertain atmosphere surrounding the process of ‘repealing’ and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are some clues as to what we can expect to come next, at least with regard with the health insurance industry…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration

Over the course of the last six years in Washington, D.C., one of the primary goals of the Republican Party has been to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the Republican Party gained control of the House of…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Employer Exposure Increases: Emotional Distress Damages in FLSA Cases

The number of federal courts allowing plaintiffs to recover emotional distress damages in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) retaliation cases is expanding, with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last month joining two other…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Making Tequila and Pisco Shots Safe From Confusion

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) cancelled the registration for the mark PORTÓN last week, finding it to be confusingly similar to the senior mark PATRÓN. Patrón…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

A Family Victory! Victory! Just Not for Little Caesars

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) modified its treatment of the “family of trademarks” doctrine in the recent case In re LC Trademarks, Inc., Serial No. 85890412…more
| Administrative Law, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 06: Obamacare (Part II): What Happens Next? [Audio]

Matt and Beth return to discuss the "repeal and replace" debate (and help separate fact from fiction), practical insights about the Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Episode 05: Obamacare (Part I): How Did We Get Here? [Audio]

Matt welcomes his colleague Beth Alcalde to discuss Obamacare – stripped of political rhetoric. In the first of this two-part podcast, Matt and Beth discuss the ACA's operational functionality, ways in which it succeeded, ways…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 04: Next Level Tech Innovations Coming Soon To A Workplace Near You [Audio]

Matt welcomes Appboy Chief Revenue Officer Myles Kleeger, and JustWorks Head of Business Development Molly Siems, to discuss how technology innovation can and will continue to transform your workplace. This podcast will focus on…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 03: Big Data's Transition From The Marketer's Desktop To The Employer's Doorstep [Audio]

Matt welcomes EEOC Chief Analyst Kelly Trindel, Ph. D., to discuss employers' use of Big Data (for better or worse) in various phases of the employment relationship, potential disparate impact risks, the overlay between Big Data…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 02: A View From The Plaintiff's Side [Audio]

Matt welcomes Doug Wigdor to discuss his perspective on employment litigation trends, the potential spike in sexual harassment litigation, other post-election fallout, non-employment discrimination lawsuits, and the tragic…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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