Renewable Energy and the Law

By Andrew E. Curto, Esq. Partner Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP Uniondale, NY Concerns about global warming and climate change appear almost daily in newspapers and magazines, on television and throughout social media. More and more governments throughout the world are increasing spending on renewable energy, including providing incentives to promote its use and implementation. As a result, there is also an…

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New Law Protects Freelancers in NYC

By Danielle Tricolla, Esq. In 2016, Mayor DiBlasio signed into law the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” (the “Act”), establishing significant protections for independent contractors or “freelancers.” The Act goes into effect on May 15, 2017 and applies only to contracts entered into after that date. A “freelancer” under the Act is broadly defined as a person or organization composed of one person, whether or not…

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An administrative law judge with the New York State Unemployment Board recently found that drivers for Uber were improperly classified as independent contractors, when they were in fact employees, and found that the three drivers seeking unemployment benefits, and all similarly situated drivers, are entitled to unemployment benefits going back to January 1, 2014. Although Uber intends to appeal the administrative law judge’s ruling, if…

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