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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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January 29, 2018

Proposed Amendment to New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Affects Hotels in State

January 29, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed language in his budget amending the definition of a “Hotel” under the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) Law Section 3(14) to eliminate the requirement for hotels to have a restaurant in the building of the hotel. Currently, in order for a hotel to qualify for a “Hotel” liquor license... Read More

January 25, 2018

NYC Fast Food Deductions Law Stayed Pending Resolution of Constitutional Challenge by Restaurant Groups

January 25, 2018

Enforcement of the Fast Food Deductions provisions in New York City’s Fair Workweek Law has been stayed by a federal judge pending resolution of a constitutional challenge brought by two restaurant advocacy groups. The Fast Food Deductions Law requires fast food employers to deduct voluntary portions from workers’ paychecks and... Read More

January 25, 2018

New York City Employers Must Engage Employees in Accommodations Dialogue under New Law

January 25, 2018

Starting on October 16, 2018, entities covered by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL) will be required to engage in cooperative dialogue with individuals who may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the HRL. Passed by the New York City Council on December 19, 2017, Int. 804-A applies to employers, providers of public... Read More

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January 23, 2018
Legal Newsline

Lisa Marrello and Thomas Buchan Discuss Workplace Sexual Harassment Bills Introduced to N.Y. Senate

January 23, 2018

Lisa Marrello and Thomas Buchan discuss two workplace sexual harassment prevention bills recently introduced to the New York State Senate in "Look for new workplace sexual harassment bills to make it through N.Y. legislature," published by Legal Newsline. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 17, 2018
SHRM

Lisa Marrello and Thomas Buchan Author "New York Governor Takes Aim at Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"

January 17, 2018

Lisa Marrello and Thomas Buchan author "New York Governor Takes Aim at Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 5, 2017
El Diario NY

Juan Felipe Santos Spotlighted as Guest Panelist on Puerto Rico Fiscal Oversight Board

December 5, 2017

Juan Felipe Santos is spotlighted as featured panelist on labor rights and conditions in Puerto Rico in "Temor ante posible empeoramiento de condiciones laborales en Puerto Rico," published by El Diario NY. Subscription may be required to view article. English version available in PDF attachment below.  Read More

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