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New York: State of the state speech rails against federal tax bill

Last Wednesday, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his 2018 state of the state speech, the first governor to do so in the new year. After acknowledging that “2017 was a tough year by any measure,” due to terrorism and Mother Nature, the governor celebrated “historic investments in education, health care and economic development.” He was pleased that “state government is back,” having done “more with less and it’s working,” touting the passage of “seven timely, responsible budgets,” the highest credit rating in 40 years, a drop in unemployment from 8.3 percent to 4.7 percent, and the highest number of private sector jobs ever, 8.1 million.

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State AGs Think Opioid Class Actions Will Be the Next “Big Tobacco” Settlement

At this point, it’s not really ground-breaking news that America has a problem with opioid drugs. By way of anecdote, when I became a federal prosecutor in 2011, the last heroin case that had been prosecuted in the Nashville U.S. Attorney’s office was in the early-1990s; although, to be fair, there were then lots of what we called “pill” cases involving opioids. When I left the office in 2017, at least half of the office’s major investigations were directly related to opioids–some pills, but mostly outright heroin or fentanyl/carfentanyl . In Nashville, Tennessee, OxyContin (which is an opioid-based painkiller) can be worth up to $1.25/milligram (mg). That means that just one 80mg OxyContin has a street value of $100. Price, is of course, a reflection of demand and demand, in this case, is driven by addiction.

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New York: Legislation would create a state income tax credit to offset loss of state and local tax deduction

Certain high-tax states are preparing for the worst as Congress debates eliminating deductions for state and local income, sales, and property taxes from federal liability as part of its tax code overhaul. New York is one such jurisdiction. On Nov. 22, 2017, Sen. Simcha Felder, whose district covers a portion of Brooklyn, and contains about 300,000 residents, introduced legislation that would amend the state’s tax law by establishing a tax credit equal to any increase in federal tax liability, should “residents no longer being able to deduct state and local taxes from their federal income.”

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Proposed Bill Would Amend State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws

Our colleagues , at Epstein Becker Green, have a post on the Retail Labor and Employment Law blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the hospitality industry: “Proposed Federal Bill Would Pre-Empt State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws.”

Following is an excerpt:

On November 2, 2017, three Republican Representatives, Mimi Walters (R-CA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), introduced a federal paid leave bill that would give employers the option of providing their employees a minimum number of paid leave hours per year and instituting a flexible workplace arrangement. The bill would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and use the statute’s existing pre-emption mechanism to offer employers a safe harbor from the hodgepodge of state and local paid sick leave laws. Currently eight states and more than 30 local jurisdictions have passed paid sick leave laws.

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Proposed Federal Bill Would Pre-Empt State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws

On November 2, 2017, three Republican Representatives, Mimi Walters (R-CA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), introduced a federal paid leave bill that would give employers the option of providing their employees a minimum number of paid leave hours per year and instituting a flexible workplace arrangement. The bill would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and use the statute’s existing pre-emption mechanism to offer employers a safe harbor from the hodgepodge of state and local paid sick leave laws. Currently eight states and more than 30 local jurisdictions have passed paid sick leave laws.

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Proposed Rules Open for Public Comment: NYC Fair Workweek Law

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) has issued proposed rules  for the implementation of the Fair Workweek Law. The law establishes scheduling practices for fast food and retail workers in New York City and is set to go into effect on November 26, 2017.

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New York Bans Vaping at Work

On October 23, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that amends the Clean Indoor Air Act to ban the use of electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) everywhere that smoking traditional tobacco products is prohibited.  With this amendment, the Clean Indoor Air Act will prohibit both smoking and vaping in certain indoor areas, including places of employment, as well as certain outdoor areas accessible to the public. This legislation will become effective on November 22, 2017.  Prior to this date,  any required posters and signs will need to be updated to include reference to “No Vaping” or “Vaping” along with the “No Smoking” or “Smoking” signs, or international “No Smoking” symbol.

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New York: New legislation shines a light on $1.5B tax subsidies on fossil fuel industry

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is an initiative that seeks “to rebuild, strengthen, and modernize New York’s energy system while bringing economic growth to New York.” REV’s goals for the year 2030 include a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, the generation of 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources, and a 23 percent reduction in energy consumption of buildings from 2012 levels.

The effort is bearing fruit. An early September article characterized New York as the “new US climate leader.”

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Court Green Lights Immediate Appeal Of Chipotle Collective Action Decertification Order Continue Reading…

As noted in earlier postings, in March of this year, a federal judge in New York handed Chipotle Mexican Grill a significant victory, denying a request by salaried management apprentices alleging misclassification as exempt from overtime to certify claims for class action treatment under the laws of six states, as well as granting Chipotle’s motion to decertify an opt-in class of 516 apprentices under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The plaintiffs then sought—and in July 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted—a discretionary interlocutory appeal of the ruling concerning the six state-law putative classes, allowing the plaintiffs to obtain immediate review of that decision under Rule 23(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure rather than waiting until after final judgment in the case to pursue an appeal as of right.

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New York State Issues New Cybersecurity Regulations Following Equifax Breach

New York State has issued proposed regulations extending existing regulations requiring banks and other financial institutions to have in place a comprehensive cybersecurity program to credit reporting agencies.  Governor Mario Cuomo announced that “The Equifax breach was a wakeup call and with this action New York is raising the bar for consumer protections that we hope will be replicated across the nation.”

Under the proposed regulations, every consumer reporting agency that assembles, evaluates or maintains a consumer credit report on NYS consumers must register with the State by February 1, 2018 and have in place a written cybersecurity program by April 4, 2018. The program must identify and assess internal and external cybersecurity risks that may threaten non-public information, including personally identifying consumer information. The program must include provisions that address data governance and classification, asset inventory and device management, access control and identity management, systems and network security and monitoring, as well as other mandated areas.

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