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Did You Know: New York Has Adopted New Requirements For Electronic Monitoring of Employees

March 24, 2022
On November 8, 2021, Governor Hochul signed Senate Bill S2628, which requires employers to notify employees when the employer is monitoring or otherwise intercepting the employee's electronic communications. These new notice requirements become effective on May 7, 2022. Requirements S2628 amends § 52-c of the New York Civil Rights Law (the "Amendment") to include the Read More »

New Legislation Holds General Contractors Liable for Subcontractors’ Unpaid Wages and Benefits

January 24, 2022
By: L. Micha Ordway, Jr. Esq. On September 6, 2021, Governor Hochul signed Senate Bill S2766 (the "Act") which creates a new remedy for construction workers seeking to recover unpaid wages, benefits and wage supplements.  Under the Act, upstream contractors are now jointly and severally liable for their subcontractor's failure to pay wages (including overtime), Read More »

Don’t Let Your Company’s Blue Skies Turn Gray: 5 Steps to Protect Your Trademark Rights and Combat Gray Market Sales

April 12, 2019
Gray market goods can pose a significant threat to a U.S. company's reputation, customer goodwill, revenues, and, ultimately, profits.  The risk is particularly acute for brand owners who sell high-end products, such as industrial and commercial machinery, cars, consumer electronics, jewelry, perfume, and designer clothing.  For these and other companies, an awareness of gray goods Read More »

The New York Safety in Agriculture Tourism Act Finally Enacted

November 08, 2017
On October 23, 2017, New York State enacted the Safety in Agriculture Tourism Act, which is an inherent risk statute intended to insulate equine and agricultural tourism businesses from liability for the risks incurred by inviting the public onto farm property.  The Act was enacted due to the advocacy by the New York State Horse Read More »

Legal Alert: Mandatory Increases to FLSA Minimum Salary Requirements Blocked by Federal Court

December 01, 2016
Last week a United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas in the case of the State of Nevada, et al., v. United States Department of Labor issued a Preliminary Injunction that temporarily enjoins the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") from implementing certain, long planned, changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Read More »

Micha Ordway’s Fleet Feet Blog 5

July 20, 2016
A Friend Most Unwelcome. Prologue: Those who have followed my articles for Fleet Feet Syracuse will note that this is not the promised story of the Mystery of Pleasure from Pain.  I'll get back to it eventually.  Maybe. For this installment, I have something else about which to write!  It’s the tale of a friend Read More »

Did You Know? How Bicycling Saved My Life – 5th Issue

January 27, 2016
Cycling saved my life. Really. It did. Many of us can make connections between events that we attribute to saving our lives. So many stories of how "exercise saved me." All those stories are true in a way. This story is different. Really it is. Or, perhaps it is the same. You decide. I was Read More »

Did You Know? Legal Insights for Bicycle Enthusiasts – 3rd Issue

December 14, 2015
Recently I picked up on a story about bicyclist who recently won a negligence suit against a runner for injuries sustained in a collision between them.  The accident occurred three years ago in Virginia.  A jury awarded the bicyclist $300,000 in damages plus $55,000 of interest after determining that the runner was at fault.  The Read More »

Legal Gears – An Update from L. Micha Ordway

August 25, 2015
Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision in a case that involved an injured bicyclist.  You might wonder what a run of the mill bicycling accident case is doing in federal court?  Simple negligence case, right? Had to be a diversity case, right? There can't be federal Read More »

Did You Know? Legal Insights That All Bicycle Riders Should Know

August 12, 2015
I have been a rabid cycling fan since I raced for my high school team in the 1980's.  Yes, I do spend weeks each year watching all three grand tours on television.  As a passionate cyclist and self-proclaimed fitness nut, I am happy to see that bicycle usage has increased significantly in the United States over the Read More »