Category Archives: Business

  1. New York’s New Paid Prenatal Leave Mandate: What New York Employers Need to Know

    Beginning January 1, 2025, pregnant employees in New York will be entitled to job-protected, paid prenatal leave.  This new legislation amends New York State’s existing Paid Sick Leave law and makes New York the first state in the country to provide such a benefit to pregnant individuals. New York already boasts one of the most…

  2. Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What Employers Should Know about Finalized Rules

    The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect on June 27, 2023. Applicable to all employers with at least 15 employees, it requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to workers’ known limitations related to a pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.  The only exception to this requirement lies where an employer can demonstrate…

  3. Why Small Business Owners Should Work with a Business Law Attorney

    If you are a small business owner or thinking about starting a new business, at some point you have probably wondered whether it is worth the time and money to consult a business attorney.  The answer to that question is “yes”.  As Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of…

  4. Ohio Child Labor Laws: What Ohio Small Businesses Need to Know about Teen Employment Requirements This Summer

    Summer is just around the corner and many small businesses are looking forward to the extra help provided by Ohio teenagers.   However, before employers start thinking about hiring those young hands, it is a good idea to brush up on Minor Labor Laws.  The employment of minors is governed by both the Child Labor Provisions…

  5. New Jersey Courts Set Important Precedent Related to LLC Documents and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

    Just recently, in the matter of Flor v. Greenberg Farrow Architectural Inc., New Jersey business owners were reminded of the importance of preceding LLC formation with clear membership or operating agreements. In this case, the plaintiff, an experienced civil engineer, was approached by the defendant and offered a job helping to extend the company’s interests…

  6. Severance Agreements: Restrictions on Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Clauses that Employers Need to Know

    Last February, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision that made a very clear statement regarding the need for carefully worded severance agreements.  In the McLaren Macomb decision, the NLRB held that employers may not extend severance agreements to employees that include a broad waiver of any rights contained in the National Labor…

  7. Unemployment Compensation Law Update: What NJ Employers Need to Know about Reporting Employee Separation Information

    Recent amendments to New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Law (UCL) took effect on July 31, 2023.  Intended to promote the timely payment of unemployment compensation benefits, the amendments include new employer reporting obligations related to separated employees, revised deadlines for appeals and increased fines for noncompliance. Specifically, all employers with employees working in New Jersey must…

  8. Are Your Workplace Posters Compliant? What You Need to Know About Recent Federal Labor Law Updates and Notice Requirements

    Workplace posters are conspicuously displayed notices to employees regarding their rights under state and federal law.  When the law changes as to those rights, these notices must follow suit.  As a result, due to recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and new employee rights under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)…

  9. New York Senate Bill S3100A: Controversial Non-Compete Ban Awaits Governor Hochul’s Signature

    Earlier this summer, the New York General Assembly and Senate passed Senate Bill S3100A that, if signed into law, would amend the current New York labor law to ban the use of noncompete agreements and certain restrictive covenants.  It would also permit covered individuals to bring civil actions against those alleged to have violated the…

  10. Senate Bill No. 142: What You Need to Know About Corporate Conversion And New Jersey Business Entities

    On May 8, 2023, Senate Bill No. 142 became law.  The new law (P.L.2023, c.38) amends the “New Jersey Business Corporation Act” (N.J.S.14A:15-2) to allow for entity conversion and domestication.  This amendment brings New Jersey in line with many other states that already allow for domestication and conversion.  The goal of the new law is…