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|Amendment to CPLR Limits Judge's Discretion in Rejecting Expert Affidavits|
Steven DiSiervi, Michael E. Gorelick, Glenn A. Jacobson; Abrams, Gorelick, Friedman & Jacobson, LLP;
January 19, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015A recent amendment to New York Civil Practice Law and Rules 3212 (b) makes it easier to use affidavits of previously undisclosed experts in motions for summary judgment.
|Harris Stowe Again Hit By Multi-Million Dollar Discrimination Verdict|
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015Just one month after a jury awarded a former Harris Stowe professor nearly $5 million on claims of racial discrimination, the University has again been hit by a very large discrimination verdict, this time for $2.5 million. The more recent case involved charges of discrimination and retaliation...
|Portland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law|
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
December 15, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015The Portland City Council passed its own version of a “Ban The Box” law right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will require most businesses operating in the city to adjust their hiring practices. Under the strict new rules, covered Portland businesses will be prohibited from...
|Employment Law Client Alert: New York City Issues Fair Chance Act Guidance: Job Seekers To Be Judged On Merits|
Paul F. Millus; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.;
December 15, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2015Effective October 27, 2015, The Fair Chance Act ("FCA"), amends the New York City Human Rights Law by making it an unlawful discriminatory practice for most New York City employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies to inquire about or consider the criminal history of job...
|The IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained|
Christopher J. Conrad; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
November 25, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015In 2004, Congress reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq., a federal law intended to ensure that every child with special needs is afforded a free appropriate public education (commonly known as a FAPE). The IDEA ensures that right by...
|New York City Issues Enforcement Guidance Related to City’s Fair Chance Act|
Ellen M. Bandel, Susan M. Corcoran, Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
November 18, 2015, previously published on November 10, 2015The New York City Commission on Human Rights, the agency responsible for enforcing New York City’s Fair Chance Act, has issued its “Interpretative Enforcement Guide” for the Act. (For detailed analysis of the Act’s requirements, see our articles, New York City Human Rights...
|Ban-The-Box Law Takes Effect|
Daniel W. Morris; Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP;
November 5, 2015, previously published on October 26, 2015Earlier this year, we informed you that New York City had approved legislation making it unlawful for an employer to make any inquiry or statement related to an applicant's pending arrest or criminal conviction record-or conduct a criminal background check-until after the employer had extended a...
|Plaintiff May Sue Detectives Under New Jersey Civil Rights Act For Securing Premises Without Warrant|
Betsy G. Ramos; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
October 22, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015Two members of the State Police entered plaintiff Denise Brown’s apartment searching for evidence of a home invasion they believed had been committed by her boyfriend. They were looking for a stolen piece of jewelry (a locket) they suspected he gave to her. However, they did not have a...
|Senate Passes Special Needs Trust Fairness Act; Focus Shifts to House|
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 2015The Senate has unanimously approved the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others.
|Diversity Programs in Canada|
Jordan W. Charness; Wong Fleming;
October 16, 2015, previously published on September 2015The Canadian Constitution was amended in 1982, introducing a new piece of legislation, the Canada Act, which includes the now famous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.