• April 8: CMM Executive Breakfast “Master the Art of Meaningful Networking”

    April 8, 2015 Featuring Terri Alessi-Miceli of the HIA-LI Master the Art of Meaningful Networking Join us as we discuss networking strategies to successfully market yourself and your business. Time: 8:30 am – 10 am Location: Clarion Hotel, 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

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    Friday, February 13th, 2015

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  • Two Immediate Key Changes for Employers: Wage Theft Prevention Act and Minimum Wage Increase

    The turn of the new year brings two significant changes for employers in New York State. First, the Wage Theft Prevention Act has been modified to reduce a key requirement under New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act.  Second, New York’s minimum wage has increased to $8.75 per hour.  We address each of these changes below. New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA”) is intended to keep employees informed of their rate of pay, overtime rate, allowances, payday, etc.  The most notable requirement was to provide each employee with a notice identifying pay-related items specific to each employee.  Previously, the WTPA required that ...

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    Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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  • Better with Age

    By Jacqueline Birzon State lawmakers will once again try to prevent older residents from leaving the state, pushing a bill in Albany that would create a tax incentive program to reward small businesses that hire more experienced workers. Under the terms of the bill, companies with fewer than 100 employees that hire people age 55 or older would receive a tax credit ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per year per eligible employee. The bill mirrors a similar tax incentive the state offers to businesses that hire individuals with developmental disabilities. While New York State Human Rights Law protects workers over the age of ...

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    Monday, February 09th, 2015

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    Friday, February 06th, 2015

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  • December 2014 Legal Brief – Firm Newsletter

    December 2014 Legal Brief - Firm Newsletter

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    Wednesday, February 04th, 2015

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  • Feb. 12: HIA-LI’s 2015 LI Economic Summit

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    Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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  • Going Through a Divorce; Update Your Documents

    If you have or will soon have an ex‑spouse, believe it or not, he or she may still have power over your medical and financial affairs after your divorce. This would send shockwaves through most people knowing that their ex‑spouse may still have any control over them after they part company.  This is why it is important to update your beneficiary designations and other estate planning documents to prevent your soon‑to‑be ex‑spouse from inheriting money or remaining in positions of authority. I know that wills, trusts, retirement plans, healthcare directives, etc. are typically the last thing on your mind if you are ...

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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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  • Court Requires Plaintiff to Add So-Called “Dummy” Corporation to Lawsuit

    Determining which individuals or entities are the proper parties to name in a lawsuit can sometimes be a technical matter—for example, determining the legal name of a corporation—but it can also be a strategic consideration. However, many times parties are considered “necessary” to a lawsuit, such as a party to a contract who is alleged to have breached the contract.  Whenever a party is considered “necessary” or “indispensable,” that party must be included in the lawsuit.  A plaintiff in a recent case in the Suffolk County Commercial Division, Intelligent Product Solutions, Inc. v. Morstan Gen. Agency, Inc. (J. Whelan), attempted to ...

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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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  • Court of Appeals Enforces Rent Acceleration Clause in Commercial Lease

    Commercial landlord/tenant matters do not often reach the Court of Appeals. However, in December 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a decision addressing the enforceability of a rent acceleration clause in a commercial lease where the landlord obtained possession of the demised premises after tenant defaulted in paying rent and abandoned the premises.  Landlord/tenant practitioners should be aware of this significant decision. Landord, 172 Duzer Realty Corp., entered into a one year commercial lease with tenant Globe Alumni Student Assistance Association, Inc. under which the premises was used as a dormitory by Globe Institute of Technology.  Before the end of the initial ...

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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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  • Ring in the New Year with Reduced U.S. Trademark Office Filing Fees

    Begin the new year by taking advantage of the U.S. Trademark Office’s reduced filing fees for new trademark and renewal applications. The previous filing fee for a new trademark application was $325 per class.  Effective January 17, 2015, this fee has been reduced to $275 per class.  Further, the filing fee for a renewal application was $400 per class, and has now been reduced to $300 per class. With these reduced fees and a fresh start to the new year, it is now time to look into protecting your company’s assets and revisit some trademarks you have been meaning to file.  The ...

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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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