201705.15
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Five Issues the NYS WCB Doesn’t Care About in the Claim Against You

Because of my 15 years litigating workers’ compensation claims in New York, I still get referrals from other attorneys who represent employers. It can often be quite difficult delivering bad news to a small business owner who tried to follow the many laws that govern his or her industry, and I can typically hear a certain disbelief…

201705.12
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FAQ: What Goals Can Be Achieved Through Mediation?

There are a number of goals that can be achieved through mediation. Yet some of the most common ones that parties have when they seek mediation to resolve their disputes are: Facilitated discussion that leads to more complete understanding of the true issues Avoidance of stalemates or other losses of working relationships Avoidance of litigation and…

201705.08
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An Integrative Lawyer’s Creed

It’s always challenging to start a movement that transforms centuries-old systems. We see a lot of the attempts in the United States today. There was #occupywallstreet. Whatever happened to that? The #blacklivesmatter is regrouping and focusing on policy-making. The #womensmarch seems to have come and gone to some degree. As a business owner who advises…

201705.05
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FAQ: How Do I Conquer My Money Fears?

I have been there, and I revisit these fears on occasion–probably even more often than I care to admit. I still have student loan debt that I hope to pay off before I retire. I haven’t found health insurance that is worth the exorbitant costs, and I only recently paid off an emergency room bill from when I had catastrophic…

201705.03
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This Moment

This moment. I am debating whether to go back to work or add to the workout I cut short this morning. This moment. I am enjoying the solitude of my space, the city, and my corner of the sofa. This moment. I am loving all of you, my mom, my partner, my friends throughout my…

201705.01
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Five Reasons to Be Good To Your Employees

It still shocks me when I hear some of the employment horror stories people endure. Even in states and countries where there are substantial worker protections, We will occasionally learn about the employer who: Sexually harassed an assistant Dropped an injured worker off at the hospital but denied the employment relationship Wanted to call Immigration and…

201704.28
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FAQ: What Do You Say to People Who Dismiss Holistic, Integrative Law As Weird?

I get variations on this question a lot. Sometimes, I say something to the effect of, “Some people, who haven’t tried and benefited from Integrative Law, might have a difficult time imagining that it works. I invite them to try it, as there is very little risk, especially when considering the alternatives (e.g., continued litigation,…

201704.24
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Why I Don’t Like the Freelance Isn’t Free Act

On 05/15/17, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“FIFA”) takes effect in New York City, intending to give freelance workers additional protections from non-paying clients. This is a well-intended act that is based on misunderstandings and misinformation about who is a small business owner and what their duties are. Of course, I want to see freelancers, self-employed people,…

201704.17
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How You Might Accidentally Hire an Undocumented Employee

Many of us consider ourselves law-abiding citizens. We pay our income taxes, comply with numerous regulations, purchase mandatory insurance policies, and refrain from stealing, killing, and cheating. We register our cars and our guns, and we only use legal substances when we want to experience intoxication. Admittedly, we occasionally drive faster than the speed limit or jaywalk, but…