Erin K. Skuce elected partner at Costello, Cooney & Fearon
Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC, announces that Erin K. Skuce has been elected to its partnership. Ms. Skuce began her career with the Firm in 2016. She is a skilled advocate...
Important Update on NYS Executive Order 202.52
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued Executive Order 202.52, effective Friday, July 17, 2020. Pursuant to the Executive Order, all licensed establishments with on-premises privileges...
The Honorable Anthony J. Paris Joins the Firm
Costello, Cooney & Fearon announce the Honorable Anthony J. Paris, retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court has joined the firm as Special Counsel.
NYS Budget Requires Permanent Sick Leave for Private Sector Employees
The new law goes into effect on September 30, 2020, and at this time, covered employees will be entitled to begin accruing leave time, but employees may be restricted from utilizing accrued sick leave until January 1, 2021.
House Approves Union Organizing Bill – Pro Act
On February 6, 2020, the House passed the controversial Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The act incorporates the “ABC test,” which changes the NLRA and related labor laws to change the definitions of “employee” and “supervisor” to prevent private employers from misclassifying employees to exclude them from labor law protections.
We’re Moving Our Offices to Downtown Syracuse!
Our new location will be at the Jefferson Clinton Commons inside Armory Square with an expected move date by October 1, 2020.
New York Bans Salary History Inquiries to Job Candidates
A new law enacted as part of the sweeping 2019 New York State legislative session will make it unlawful for an employer to ask a job applicant about his or her wage or salary history, or to rely upon such information when deciding whether to offer employment to the applicant.
U.S Department of Labor (USDOL) Final Rule on Overtime Eligibility for White Collar Employees
The USDOL’s rule will raise the minimum earnings threshold which is otherwise necessary to exempt certain executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. It also allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level.
Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Enacting Sweeping New Workplace Harassment Protections
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation yesterday (S.6577/A.8421) which enacted sweeping new workplace harassment protections, fulfilling a key component of Governor Cuomo's 2019 Women's Justice Agenda.
New York State Legislature Enacts Sweeping Changes to Sexual Harassment Laws
Legislation was passed by the New York State Assembly and Senate on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that would dramatically change the standards for defending claims of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment/discrimination in the workplace under the state Human Rights Law.