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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Withdrawal of Trump-Era Independent Contractor Rule

USA - May 10 2021 On May 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced it is officially withdrawing, effective May 6, 2021, the rule promulgated under the…

Kevin J. Smith.

New York State Legalizes Recreational Marijuana: What Employers Need to Know

USA - April 30 2021 On March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (the “MRTA”) into law, making New York the latest…

Christopher J. Collins.

New York Proposes Biometric Privacy Act With Private Right of Action

USA - January 27 2021 On January 6, 2021, a bipartisan group of New York State lawmakers introduced Assembly Bill 27, the latest version of proposed privacy legislation…

James R. Hays, Kevin J. Smith.

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes New Rule Setting Forth Test to Assess Employment Versus Contractor Status; But Will It Survive Under the Biden Administration?

USA - January 14 2021 On January 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its final rule (the “Final Rule”) setting the standard to determine whether an…

Kevin J. Smith.

Battle Over Rideshare Worker Classification Continues: New York Supreme Court Holds Uber Drivers Are Employees, Entitled to Unemployment Insurance

USA - January 8 2021 In yet another decision concerning gig economy businesses, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department upheld a decision…

Kevin J. Smith.