Posts Tagged ‘business law’

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 […]

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 […]

If your business is facing harm due to the conduct of another business or person, immediate relief is necessary.  Whether a competitor is violating your trademark or patent rights, breached a contract, sharing trade secrets, or is attempting to put you out of business, an injunction is the remedy for such scenarios.  An injunction is […]

It’s that time of the year again when many companies celebrate the upcoming holiday season by holding parties for their employees. While these events are intended as opportunities for staff to relax and enjoy themselves, they can be a hotbed of potential liability. Even if you host your holiday party off-site, the law may hold […]

We’ve often discussed importance of keeping accurate records of the hours your employees work. Here is another example of how accurately tracking your employee’s time working can help protect your business from possible claims brought by employees under the New York State Labor Law. According to § 162 of the New York Labor Law, businesses […]

Many businesses are not immune to workplace harassment. For example, a former employee of a business in Texas sued his employer for harassing him. Among other claims of verbal and physical abuse, the employee’s suit alleges that colleagues repeatedly assaulted him with a Taser. If your company does not have a process by which your […]

In a few short years mobile phones have become ubiquitous in both our personal and professional lives. Modern smartphones allow businesses to communicate rapidly with consumers and help employees work together effectively. Mobile phones on the market today can send and receive emails, upload media to social sites like Facebook and YouTube, and capture high […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Senior Partner, Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PC The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently approved changes to how whistleblowers may file complaints against firms who violate any of twenty-two statutes  related to safety and pollution. Previously, whistleblowers could only file complaints by writing to OSHA, calling a hotline, or calling an […]

by Leonard A. Bellavia, Senior Partner, Bellavia Blatt & Crossett, PC  The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), which regulates how companies may contact consumers by telephone, prohibits companies from contacting consumers via automated dialing systems, either by text or by telephone, without prior express consent of the party called.  These rules significantly change what constitutes prior […]

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