Cybersecurity Featured in Infrastructure Act

On November 15, the President Biden signed the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“the Act”) into law. The sprawling 2,700 page legislation includes funding for programs touching seemingly every aspect of American infrastructure, including: highways, bridges, airports, public transit, railroads, electric vehicle charging stations, power transmission lines, broadband access development, housing, commercial ports, […]

Estate Planning for Young Adults

For many young adults, the thought of creating an estate plan is not at the forefront of their minds.  After all, who thinks about something that may not occur for the next 50 years?  It is important for young adults to know that estate planning is not only planning for your inheritance, but it is […]

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Implementing a Bring Your Own Device Policy

Nearly all employees will at some point to asked to or expected to use their personal cell phone for a work related purpose for the benefit of their employer. Smartphones are the most common employee-owned devices used for work tasks, but employee-owned tablets, laptops, USB drives, and an ever-expanding roster of internet-enabled devices are also […]

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Environmental Due Diligence: Do Your Homework before You Buy

Every now and then we’re visited by a new client who discovers he bought contaminated property and needs legal help.  In almost all of these cases, our client bought the property without first getting advice from an environmental lawyer or conducting adequate environmental due diligence on the property.  We’re always glad to help, but the […]

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

What is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act The Financial Modernization Act of 1999, commonly known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) is a federal law that controls the ways financial institutions deal with the private information of individuals. It requires covered institutions to take several affirmative steps to prevent the unauthorized collection, use, and disclosure of certain consumer […]

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The New York State Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling Law: What New York State Businesses Need to Know

Enacted in 2019, a primary objective of the New York State Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling Law (the “Act”) is to regulate and promote the diversion of organics (wasted food, yard waste, biosolids, food processing waste, etc.) from disposal to beneficial uses. Effective January 1, 2022, businesses that generate an annual average of two […]

Legal Considerations for Short-Term Rentals

Platforms like Airbnb, its lesser-known rival Vrbo, and increasingly prevalent independent listings, provide a relatively simple way for property owners to use their idle properties to make extra money renting their properties to vacationers and other short-term guests. Many entrepreneurs also buy properties for this express purpose. This can be a profitable endeavor for the […]

Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations

In 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) enacted cyber security regulations (Regulations), which took effect between 2017 and 2019. The Regulations apply to businesses under the jurisdiction of the Department of Financial Services, i.e., entities operating under or requiring DFS licensure or registration (covered entities). For example, all New York State […]

President Biden Sets Goal of 2030 to Make Half of New U.S. Vehicles Electric

Earlier this month, President Biden issued an Executive Order intended to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 electric, fuel cell or plug-in hybrid vehicles.  Although not legally binding, this goal is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as the nation confronts the increasingly evident effects of climate change.  To address climate change, […]

Ransomware – Considerations and Strategies

Your news feed has probably been interspersed with stories about ransomware attacks in recent months. The most prominent examples being attacks on Colonial Pipeline, Brazilian meat processor JBS USA, and IT software maker Kaseya. These attacks are part of a disconcerting trend of attacks against increasingly larger and more sophisticated entities. Yet, the vast majority […]