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Non-compete agreements are prevalent. The trend has been for employers to require everyone (lawn care workers, interns, summer camp workers, etc.), regardless of skill, to sign non-competes. This trend is poised to change. Recently, a journalist challenged the validity of her New York non-compete agreement when her former employer (Lexis Nexis d/b/a Law360) informed her […]

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 63% of small businesses were affected this year by the rise in insurance premiums, and 52% of those businesses suffered financial loss.  33% raised their prices to help cover the costs associated with the rise in premiums.  Small business owners can expect to pay even more […]

During the holiday season, you may find that you need extra help in operating your business.  In this case, many businesses employ seasonal workers for a limited duration of only a few weeks.  Both employers benefit by having the extra hands available during a busy time, and employees benefit from being able to make extra […]

Making the decision to fire an employee can often be a difficult one.  Additionally, many employers worry about the possibility of litigation arising from such an action.  However, there are many instances in which firing an employee may be necessary for the company.  For example, if an employee is not performing their duties in a […]

Under New York State law, businesses with fewer than fifty full time employees are not legally mandated to provide a company health insurance plan.  Employers with fifty or more full time employees that chose not to offer coverage could face financial penalties imposed by the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provision.  However, for […]

Many employers require their employees to drive as part of their job positions for various reasons.  Each October, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety launches a national campaign called Drive Safely Work Week calling for attention to the issues concerning employee driving safety. It has been estimated that overall, motor vehicle accidents cause employers […]

As of October 1, 2015, credit card companies will be shifting liability for fraudulent transactions to merchants. Credit card companies are issuing new cards called EMV (Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) that will include a microchip to authenticate chip-card transactions and lessen the likelihood of fraud. For small businesses, this means a technology upgrade in credit/debit […]

Recently, the New York State Office of the Attorney General announced the felony conviction of an upstate New York retail shop owner on tax fraud counts. The investigation found that for seven years, the businessman underreported income by $632,383.20 on his personal income tax returns for two retail stores he owned. He ultimately owed back […]

Mayor de Blasio signed into law, effective as of September 3, 2015, that prohibits employers from performing credit checks on job applicants, except in limited situations. The purpose of the law is to prohibit employment discrimination based on an applicant’s consumer credit history. The new law amends the City’s Human Rights Law concerning the ability […]

Judge Ruled Scenario Involving Merger with Fiat Was Plausible, Thereby Allowing Case to Move Forward Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, P.C. (“Bellavia Blatt”), a law firm that specializes in representing franchised automobile dealerships, has announced that the firm defeated the U.S. government’s latest motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of over 200 former Chrysler […]

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