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University Job Placement Rates Come Under Scrutiny

Higher education institutions face mounting pressure from prospective students, accrediting agencies and financial aid providers to disclose graduates’ job placement rates. Several recent high-profile legal battles have called…more

| Education

New York City’s New Sick Leave Law

Beginning on April 1, 2014, NYC employers with at least 20 employees must provide employees with five days (40 hours) of annual paid sick leave. The Earned Sick Time Act (Intro. No. 97-A) (the “Act”), originally passed in May…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Why Tax-Exempt Organizations Should Plan for Joint Ventures

Non-profit organizations, which are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) (each a “Tax- Exempt Organization”), may find it necessary or beneficial for their operational goals to enter into…more

| Business Organizations, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

EPA Finalizes Emissions Standards for Vehicles and Fuel

This week, EPA finalized its Tier 3 emission standards designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks. The rule establishes new vehicle emissions standards and reduces the sulfur content of gasoline by…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

NYSDEC Announces Streamlined Procedures for Environmental Easements

On February 20, 2014, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) announced streamlined procedures for environmental easements. There has been a significant push from the regulated community for…more

| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Carbon Capture and Recycling Is Viable, Says EPA, to An Industry In Decline

On Wednesday, EPA published its proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for greenhouse gas emissions in the Federal Register. In its proposed regulations, EPA expresses its determination, despite industry and internal…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York Implements Changes to Unemployment Insurance Law

The State of New York has recently enacted several changes to its Unemployment Insurance Law due to the insolvency of the New York Unemployment Insurance Fund. Although designed to increase revenue, the changes will also…more

| Labor & Employment Law

New York, Automatic Renewal Clauses Are Not So Automatic

Many industries utilize term contracts with automatic renewal clauses to capture recurring revenue. An automatic renewal clause is a contractual provision by which the contract is automatically renewed at the end of the…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

Guidance For Developers: Protect Against Liability Through Planning And...

Recently, Phillips Lytle attorneys successfully appealed an award of punitive damages against a developer found liable for flooding neighboring property. Unanimously reversing the Appellate Division, the New York Court of…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Zoning, Planning &...

Consider Tax Implications in Settlement Agreements

When considering settlements, it is also important to consider one of life’s certainties: taxes. A potentially taxable event may occur whenever money changes hands—even in the context of a settlement. See Internal Revenue Code…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Key Provisions of The Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

On June 21, 2013, the New York State Legislature passed the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”), which is now awaiting signature by Governor Cuomo. If signed, most provisions of the Act would take effect on July 1,…more

| Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law

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