Client Memos

The U.S. Department of Education, New York Office for Civil Rights, (“OCR”) recently determined that a BOCES discriminated against students by failing to publish a non-discrimination notice that complied with federal laws and regulations.[1] We encourage all of our school district and BOCES clients (“schools”)...

Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation that expands access to emergency medication for students and school personnel. One new law, which goes into effect on March 5, 2015, allows school employees to administer epinephrine auto-injectors (“epi-pens”) to students or staff without prescriptions in emergency situations.[1] The...

With the proliferation of “red-light-cameras” at traffic intersections, and the emergence of “school-zone-speed-cameras,” an emerging issue is who is responsible for paying the fines that employees receive from these cameras while operating employer-issued vehicles. This memorandum summarizes when, if at all, an employer can require...

Last month was National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In light of these annual campaigns to increase awareness and prevention of these diseases, we write to remind you of your employees’ rights regarding leaves of absence for cancer...