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Who is a ‘joint employer’?

In a recent decision rendered in the context of a Union organizing campaign involving Browning Ferris Industries [i], a divided National Labor Relations Board has adopted a greatly expanded standard for determining who is a “joint employer” under the National Labor...

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Landlords, no-pet clauses and emotional support animals

I am often asked for advice by landlords who own a single apartment and property management groups who own multifamily apartment buildings alike, whether they need to accommodate a tenant’s request to have an emotional support animal in light of a no-pet policy at the...

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Dementia, intimacy, and the ability to consent

Can someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia consent to sexual contact with another person? What if it’s a situation involving a married couple or two persons that have engaged in a long-standing intimate relationship? Questions such have these are difficult to...

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Planning for Your Digital Assets

The law is always going to be playing catch up to technology.  That is an often-used saying amongst attorneys, and nowhere is it more prevalent than in the area of digital assets estate planning.  In today’s world, essentially every aspect of our lives is...

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Canadian Anti-Spam Law: What U.S. Lawyers Should Know

Canada set a worldwide precedent against spamming with its new anti-spam law going into effect on July 1, 2014. The law, known as "Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation," or "CASL," is an aggressive attempt by Canada to stop the flow of unsolicited emails clogging up its...

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Why Young Professionals Are Taking the Duplex Dive

Many local students, graduates and young professionals seek to live within the city bounds of Rochester. With the high price of properties, some homebuyers have turned to an increasingly popular option: a two-family home, or a duplex.  While duplexes carry with...

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The Future of Courtroom Surveillance

Put aside for a moment the creepiness most of us have experienced in immediately seeing an ad on Facebook for an item you were shopping for moment earlier on another site.   Put aside for a moment the unsettling fact that Google scans your emails for content...

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