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Legal Alerts

  • October 22, 2020
    Recent New York Appellate Victories

    Lewis Brisbois' Appellate Team continues to secure significant appellate victories on behalf of our clients. This alert includes two recent wins from the New York Appellate Division, Second Department.

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  • October 22, 2020
    Long Overdue: EEOC Bolstering the Conciliation Process

    In an extremely positive, long overdue development, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently proposed amendments to its procedural rules to increase the effectiveness of its conciliation process after the federal agency finds reasonable cause on an administrative charge of discrimination.

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  • October 21, 2020
    Georgia’s Highest Court Allows Juries to Apportion Fault to Plaintiffs in Strict Products Liability Cases

    On October 19, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Johns v. Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. that a jury can apportion fault to a plaintiff in strict products liability cases.

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  • October 19, 2020
    New York State’s In-Person Jury Trial Pilot Program Continues, With Jury Trials Resuming Across the State

    On September 9, 2020, Chief Judge of the State of New York Janet DiFiore began a week-long jury trial pilot program across the state. According to Judge DiFiore, it was expected that jury trials would commence in New York City by mid to late-October, with jury summonses already going out to prospective jurors in the City. As of the writing of this alert, we are pleased to inform you that it appears jury trials are now being conducted throughout New York City and the Greater Metro Area.

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  • October 19, 2020
    More Changes for New York City Employers: Amendments to Earned Safe and Sick Time Act

    On April 3, 2020, New York State enacted a new paid sick leave law as part of a comprehensive budget bill. As this newly-enacted law did not replace or diminish city or county paid sick leave laws, it presented certain compliance challenges for New York employers with employees located in New York City or Westchester County, which have their own paid safe and sick leave provisions. To address some of these compliance issues, New York City recently passed amendments to the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act.

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  • October 16, 2020
    COVID-19 Response: California Enacts Statutes Establishing Rebuttable Presumption of Workplace Injury, New Notice Requirements for COVID-19 Exposure

    Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1159 (SB 1159) and Assembly Bill 685 (AB 685), which introduce new measures to address COVID-19 in the workplace, including the creation of a rebuttable presumption of a workplace injury and new notice requirements for employers in the event of a potential COVID-19 exposure. 

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  • October 16, 2020
    Regulators Exempt Banks from Patriot Act Compliance for Premium Finance Loans

    The 2001 Patriot Act imposed rigorous customer identification program rules on financial institutions that were designed to prevent terrorist financing and money laundering. In September 2018, federal banking regulators created an exemption from these rules to facilitate premium finance lending for commercial customers. On October 5, 2020, regulators issued an Order expanding this exemption to include loans extended by banks and their subsidiaries to all customers to facilitate purchases of property and casualty insurance policies.

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  • October 15, 2020
    California Legislature Expands California Family Rights Act

    California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation that greatly expands the scope and application of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). This legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2021, so employers should prepare now to comply with the new requirements.

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