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Government Relations

Organizations today must stay one step ahead of emerging federal, state, and local regulatory and legislative developments impacting their operations.

Overview

Our Government Relations Practice Group—comprised of highly-accomplished professionals with extensive lobbying and government relations expertise—advocates on behalf of associations and corporations in a wide range of industries at the executive, legislative and regulatory levels. We also work collaboratively with the firm’s various practice groups to ensure our clients have the latest information with respect to government proposals and other anticipated developments in Washington, D.C., as well as state, city, and municipal governments across the country.

Our bipartisan team of government relations attorneys and Directors provides sophisticated counsel informed by decades of experience working with government officials and legislators both in the context of prior government service and as trusted client representatives. We build upon our existing relationships to effectively communicate our clients’ positions to lawmakers and key officials in the executive branch in New York state, city and municipal governments. We also regularly file comments during rulemaking and represent clients in agency proceedings.  At the federal level, our various practice groups work with our Government Relations team to submit comments to regulatory agencies, including to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. Our attorneys have also filed amicus curiae briefs to state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clients from all types of industries, including health care, hospitality, energy, telecommunications, taxation, insurance, transportation, financial services, education, construction and entertainment, turn to us because of our track record of client service and excellence in this area of the law.  In addition to actively monitoring emerging developments at the federal, state and local level, we can assist clients with all of the following:

  • Articulating the client’s position to legislators and in the executive branch to clarify the issue and the importance to our client;
  • Ensuring the client’s views are considered during formal rulemakings by federal and New York state regulatory agencies;
  • Representing clients in various proceedings before New York state, city, and municipal government bodies;
  • Serving as a resource to decision-makers in federal and New York state agencies and legislatures; and
  • Advising on state budgeting processes and helping to expedite program-based appropriations on approved projects, as well as advising on the complexities of procurement law, particularly in New York State.

In all matters, we utilize our experience working closely with governmental and quasi-governmental entities to help bring about the best result for our clients.

Lobby Law Compliance

Our Lobby Law Compliance team helps to ensure that our clients—as well as our lawyers and lobbyists--are cognizant of the strident rules surrounding lobbying throughout New York State. With an increasingly complex and evolving set of compliance requirements, lobbying in today’s regulatory environment is anything but simple... Read More

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August 8, 2017

New York City Adopts New ‘Ban the Box’ Regulations, Continues Expansion of Employee Rights

August 8, 2017

Although New York City’s “ban the box” law, the Fair Chance Act (“FCA”), went into effect close to two years ago, the New York City Commission on Human Rights’ final regulations became effective on August 5, 2017. These regulations expand on the previously issued Enforcement Guidance (New York City Issues Enforcement Guidance Related to... Read More

July 27, 2017

Proposed New York City Council Legislation Would Add Private Right of Action to Earned Sick Time Act and Prohibit Non-Competes for Low-Wage Employees

July 27, 2017

New legislation introduced in the New York City Council would add a private right of action to the Earned Sick Time Act (Introduction 1667) and prohibit employers from entering into a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee of that employer (Introduction 1663). Introduction 1667 was sponsored by the Council’s Deputy Leader... Read More

May 31, 2017

Mayor Signs Major Workplace Reforms for Fast Food & Retail Workers

May 31, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the New York City Council’s five-bill Fair Work Week legislative package, intended to reform scheduling and workplace practices for fast food and retail workers in New York City. On May 30, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed into law all five bills that comprise the legislative package that was first introduced... Read More

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June 29, 2017
Crain's New York Business

Jonathan Bing Discusses New York State's Legislative Process

June 29, 2017

Jonathan Bing discusses details of the New York State legislative process in "How the sausage gets made in Albany [in 5 steps]," published by Crain's New York Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 19, 2017
City and State NY

Kenneth Shapiro Spotlighted on Albany Power 100 List

May 19, 2017

Kenneth Shapiro is named #22 on "The Albany Power 100" list, published by City & State NY. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

May 3, 2017
SHRM

Forrest G. Read IV Comments on Bipartisan Legislation Addressing Physician Shortages in the U.S.

May 3, 2017

Forrest G. Read IV comments on bipartisan legislation that would extend and expand the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, placing foreign doctors in underserved areas of the U.S. in "Bipartisan Proposals Address Physician Shortage in the U.S.," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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