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    Labor & Employment
    Failing to Run Weekly Payroll Exposes NY Contractors to Substantial Liability
    BY Jonathan Landesman

    Breaking from prior legal precedent, an appellate court in New York ruled that if a contractor pays employees performing manual work on a biweekly basis (or less frequently), the affected employees may bring a private lawsuit or class action case ...

    Labor & Employment
    Employers Beware! NY Revamps Its Sexual Harassment Law
    BY Jonathan Landesman

    Cohen Seglias Summer Associate Jordan L. Cramer also contributed to this article. On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation (Senate Bill S6577, A8421) making it significantly easier for employees to file sexual harassment ...

    Insurance
    Who is an Insured Anyway? New Additional Insured Requirements for New York Construction Professionals
    BY Jonathan A. Cass, Sydney Pierce

    Construction professionals in New York face new hurdles in ensuring they are covered as additional insureds under other parties’ commercial general liability insurance policies. In 2002, a New York City agency contracted with a general contractor ...

    Business
    First Department of New York Loosens the Standard for “Piercing the Corporate Veil”
    BY Carol A. Sigmond

    One of the general and principal benefits of incorporating a business entity is limited liability; the owners of a corporation are not liable for the corporation’s actions or debts. There are, however, exceptions. One of the exceptions is the ...

    Contract
    New York Case Reminds Us That Some Courts Take Notice Provisions Very Seriously
    BY Carol A. Sigmond, Kathleen M. Morley

    A New York appellate court issued a decision in 2016 that serves as an important reminder to all tiers of the construction industry: courts take the notice provisions in your construction contracts very seriously. In the Schindler Elevator Corp. v. ...

    Compliance
    Beware: New Rigorous Safety Sweeps of NYC Construction Sites to Begin
    BY Carol A. Sigmond, George E. Pallas

    On February 12, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a new aggressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Specifically, commencing next Tuesday, ...

    New York
    How Pay if Paid Provisions are Treated in the Empire State

    By: Joyce J. Sun and Peter Plevritis As a contractor or subcontractor, timely receipt of payment can be the difference between continuing to grow your company and closing its doors. Because of this, contractors and subcontractors will frequently try ...

    New York
    New Legislation to Take Effect That Aims to Bolster NYC’s Small Business Community

    In just a few days, a new law (Local Law No. 1 of the City of New York for the Year 2013) will take effect in New York City aimed towards increasing participation of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs) ...

    New Jersey
    SBA Resource Partners Receive $19 Million to Support Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery Efforts
    BY Shawn R. Farrell

    On April 11, 2013, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that $19 million in grants will be made to SBA resource partners to support small business recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The funding is part of a package ...

    Construction Fraud
    New York U.S. Attorney’s Office Expands Inquiry into Fraudulent Billing Practices

    By: Daniella Gordon and Jennifer M. Horn Several top New York construction companies have been served with federal subpoenas seeking information regarding their billing practices in connection with New York public works projects.  Skansa USA ...