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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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New York’s New Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Training Requirements – Are You Ready?

September 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

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Preparing for New York State and New York City’s New Sexual Harassment Prevention Mandates: What Employers Should Consider Now

April 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

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Pay Equity is “Comp”licated: New Laws, New Reporting, & How to Protect your Organization

April 27, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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April 12, 2019

New York City Employers May Be Barred from Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use

April 12, 2019

The New York City Council has passed a prohibition on New York City employers requiring prospective employees to submit to testing for the presence of any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. If Intro 1445-A becomes law, it will be the first of its kind in the United States. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected... Read More

April 10, 2019

Highlights from the New York FY 2020 Budget

April 10, 2019

New York legislators passed into law the fiscal year 2020 $175.5-billion budget on April 1, 2019, fully funding state government for the next fiscal year. Among the provisions enacted are many that affect labor and employment in general and the energy, media, finance, health care, and other industries in particular. This is the first... Read More

February 28, 2019

New York Labor Department No Longer Pursuing Call-In Pay Regulations

February 28, 2019

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is no longer pursuing regulations on “call-in pay,” or predictive scheduling, that would affect most New York employers. The regulations would have required employers, among other things, to provide call-in pay (ranging from two to four hours at the minimum wage) if: Employers do... Read More

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March 20, 2019
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Jonathan Bing Comments on Implications of Legislation Banning Cashless Transactions

March 20, 2019

Jonathan Bing comments on the implications of cities banning stores and services requiring cashless transactions in "Amazon Go Stores Added to San Francisco Cashless Ban," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 23, 2019
New York Post

Richard Greenberg Comments on Implications of New Sexual Harassment Standards Aimed at NYC Businesses

February 23, 2019

Richard Greenberg comments on implications of the new sexual harassment guidelines and training for New York City business owners in "NYC business owners ‘shocked’ by baffling new sex harassment rules," published by the New York Post.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 15, 2019
Bloomberg Law

Jonathan Bing Comments on Implications of Cities and States Looking to Bar Point-of-Sale Cash Bans

February 15, 2019

Jonathan Bing comments on the implications of business bans on cash transactions with laws prohibiting such practices as discriminatory in "Don’t Say No to Cash, Cities Tell Plastic-Only Businesses," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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