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Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What You Need to Know in New York State

Is your company prepared to handle medical marijuana in the workplace? Are you familiar with the issues, including the disability accommodations, that surround medical marijuana use? If your answer is “no,” “I’m not sure,” “we still have questions,” or a variation of these, you should ...
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October 17, 2016
Will Economics or Regulations Address the Issues Surrounding Shared Economy and Online Businesses Platforms?

In a January 2016 posting we commented on the city of San Francisco seeing the economic effects of Uber and Lyft, including that Yellow Cab, the largest taxi company in San Francisco, was reported to be seeking bankruptcy protection.  Uber and Lyft are both headquartered in San Francisco. We have a...
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October 12, 2016
What’s in a name? NYSED releases a draft revision of learning standards to replace the Common Core

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in its September 26, 2016 edition of On Board, reported that the Board of Regents (“Regents”) has released draft revisions of the revised state learning standards to replace the Common Core Learning Standards. This initiative is the result of...
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October 07, 2016
Federal Funds Coming to Suffolk County for Fire Island to Montauk Point Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ambitious Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project aims to put $1.2B in federal funding to work in Suffolk County. The FIMP plan, which was first proposed and funded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, would strengthen Long Island’s coast against future floo...
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October 06, 2016
40 Municipalities Designated as ‘Fiscally Stressed’

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has released its latest fiscal stress report, which has identified 40 municipalities as fiscally stressed. The designation of ‘significant fiscal stress’ was given to the counties of Monroe, Franklin, Broome and Rockland; the cities of Albany...
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October 03, 2016
Webinar: The Fair Labor Standards Act for Public School Districts and BOCES

Changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) go into effect December 1, 2016, and with this comes updated rules for exemptions to the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements. On October 13, Harris Beach PLLC is offering a webinar which will review the FLSA as it applies to schools....
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September 28, 2016
New Cybersecurity Regulations Proposed for the Banking and Insurance Industries

Concerns over protecting the technology and computer networks that are critical to the U.S. economy and national security are ever-present in the minds of government officials and other policymakers. However, as many of these networks are privately owned and operated, government mandates to protect ...
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September 26, 2016
Wyandanch Rising Helps Revitalize One of Long Island’s Poorest Communities

Wyandanch, part of the Town of Babylon on Long Island, had long struggled with generating economic growth and development. Wyandanch was known as one of Long Island’s poorest communities, even being identified by a Suffolk County Planning Department report as the most economically distressed commu...
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September 22, 2016
School Water Outlets May Need to be Immediately Tested for Lead

The new mandate requiring that all school water outlets in New York undergo lead contamination testing was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in early September. These new lead testing requirements were also accompanied by emergency regulations, in which schools may need to test water outlets for lea...
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September 20, 2016
Drone Licensing Sees the Light of Day

Here at the NYMuniBlog we have frequently commented on the regulatory and legal issues confronting the use of drones.  Recently published articles in various newspapers have highlighted the continuing uses of drones for both the private sector as well as public sector (police capabilities) uses. In...
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September 15, 2016