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New Modified NY Power of Attorney Law to Make Form Simpler and Easier to Execute

Friday, December 18th, 2020

On December 15, Governor Cuomo signed an amendment to New York’s power of attorney law (General Obligations Law Article 5, Title 15) that will make the power of attorney form simpler and easier to correctly execute. Attorney Carly Speyer explains more. 

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Buffalo Business First: For first-year lawyer, tracking Covid-19 business interruption cases has provided opportunities

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Insurance Coverage Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was featured in a profile from Business First on December 17, 2020, speaking about business interruption cases stemming from COVID-19 and his career experience. 

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Alexis M. Florczak Joins Hurwitz & Fine as a Business Law and Economic Development Associate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Alexis M. Florczak has joined Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. as an associate in the Business Law and Economic Development practice groups.

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Employers Take Note: NYS WARN Act Notice Requirements Expanded

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

With the prevalence of COVID-related layoffs and reductions in force this year, employers may have recently brushed up on their obligations under the New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“NYS WARN Act”).  However, employers should be aware that the state recently expanded employers’ notice obligations under the WARN Act.

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Mirna Martinez Santiago Joins Hurwitz & Fine as an Insurance Coverage Member

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Mirna Martinez Santiago has joined Hurwitz & Fine as a member in the firm's Insurance Coverage department. Ms. Santiago has more than 25 years of legal experience, handling a range of matters from torts to professional liability to insurance coverage to regulatory affairs. 

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Buffalo Business First: Fines are hefty for businesses that violate New York-mandated restrictions

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Labor & Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown spoke with Buffalo Business First on December 2, 2020 about fines businesses could face if they violate New York-mandated COVID-19 restrictions.

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ABA Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee's Practice Points: Working with Foreign-Language Documents in Depositions and Trials

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Attorney Cara Cox was featured in the American Bar Association's Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee's Practice Points for her article "Working with Foreign-Language Documents in Depositions and Trials."

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New York’s Cluster Action Initiative: How to Determine if Your Business is “Essential” in a Red Zone

Friday, November 27th, 2020

With Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently stating that portions of Erie County were on track to go into the Red Zone, it is important to assess whether your business is considered “essential” under guidance issued by Empire State Development Corporation (ESD).  This alert provides a brief overview of the Cluster Action initiative and how to determine if a business is considered essential in the Red Zone. 

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Best Law Firms 2021: Crisis Management

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi was published in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms 2021" for her thought leadership piece on crisis management and transition during a pandemic.

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New York Expands Protections of Free Speech and Petition Rights by Expanding Anti-SLAPP Law

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo signed S.52A/A.5991A into law, which expands protections against SLAPP lawsuits.

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Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Ranked as a Tier One Law Firm in Eight Practice Areas in 2021 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is proud to be ranked as a Tier One law firm for 2021 in eight practice areas by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

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NYS Paid Sick Leave: Guidance Issued, but Questions Still Remain

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

This article discusses the highlights of the new guidance and identifies areas where employers must still tread carefully as further clarification has not been provided.

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New York Adopts New Guidelines Allowing Out-of-State Travelers to "Test Out" of Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

On October 31st, NY Governor Cuomo announced the state would be scrapping the Travel Advisory List in favor of a testing-based approach that now allows a traveler to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

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DRI In-House Defense Quarterly: A One-Two Punch: Michigan State Court Renders First Substantive COVID-19 Decision and It's Big News for Carriers

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Ryan P. Maxwell were featured in the DRI In-House Defense Quarterly Fall 2020 publication for their article, "A One-Two Punch: Michigan State Court Renders First Substantive COVID-19 Decision and It's Big News for Carriers."

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Revised FFCRA Regulations May Require Updates to Employer COVID-19 Leave Policies

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Did your company adopt a COVID-19 leave policy after passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?  If so, now is a good time to revisit those policies after the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) revised its FFCRA regulations last month in response to a recent court decision.

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Reminder: Update to NYS Voting Leave Law

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Included in the annual state budget is an amendment to the New York State Election Law concerning employee voting leave, which employers should be aware of.  The new voting leave law is effective immediately.

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Six Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Have Been Included in Buffalo Business First's 2020 Legal Elite of Western New York List

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine attorneys recognized on this list include Jody E. Briandi, Dan D. Kohane, Ann E. Evanko, Michael F. Perley, Andrea Schillaci, and Kevin J. Zanner.

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NYIA Your NY Connection Magazine: Mighty Changes for Declaratory Judgment

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine attorneys Dan D. Kohane and Diane L. Bucci partnered with Sherri Pavloff of Stonberg Moran, LLP for the article "Mighty Changes for Declaratory Judgment," which was featured in NYIA's Third Quarter 2020 edition of Your NY Connection magazine.

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Step Out Buffalo Business: How To Manage Negative Social Media When the World is on Fire

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Attorney Joseph S. Brown was featured as a guest contributor to Step Out Buffalo Business's Business Blog on September 29, 2020.

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Carrier Management: "COVIDigation Nation Revisited: Analyzing the Late Summer Surge"

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Insurance Coverage Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was quoted in the September 22, 2020 edition of Carrier Management.

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