Words of caution regarding summer interns

Employment Law

It is that time of year when many employers begin to hire or consider hiring student interns for the summer.  Employers can make the mistake of assuming that simply because a person is given the title of “Intern” the individual does not have to be paid. That assumption can be a trap resulting in significant unpaid wage liability for an employer under federal and state law.  

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The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act and the Workplace

Employment Law

Nearly eight years after the legislation was first introduced, on March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (the “MRTA”) into law, making New York the most recent state to legalize recreational marijuana. The MRTA takes effect immediately, even though the sale of recreational-use marijuana is not expected to become legal for another year or two, as the state still needs to create a regulatory framework for the cannabis industry.

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The HERO Act

Employment Law

On May 5, 2021, Governor Cuomo officially signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) into law. The HERO Act effectively imposes significant obligations on covered employers to provide and maintain a safe workplace in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and for future airborne infectious disease outbreaks. The HERO Act amends the New York Labor Law by adding two new sections: (1) Section 218-b, which governs development and adoption of an airborne infectious disease prevention policy; and (2) Section 27-D, that requires employers to permit the creation of workplace safety committees. Both sections only apply to private sector employers. However, Section 27-D specifically only applies to private employers with at least 10 employees.

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