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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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Salary History Ban Arrives in New York’s Suffolk County

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New York’s Suffolk County is the latest local jurisdiction to adopt legislation prohibiting employers from asking about the prior salary histories of prospective employees. The salary history ban amends the Suffolk County Human Rights Law, which defines an employer as persons or entities that employ at least four employees. The ban goes... Read More

November 5, 2018

What Employers Should Watch For in Election 2018

November 5, 2018

Election Day may result in significant changes in our country’s labor and employment landscape. This article discusses some issues employers should watch closely. Arbitration Congressional Democrats have proposed legislation intended to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling that employers do not violate the National Labor... Read More

October 30, 2018

Election 2018: Midterms’ Effect on Employment Law Issues and Advocacy

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Jonathan Bing is Spotlighted Among Manhattan Borough President’s Most Powerful Former Interns

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Jonathan Bing is spotlighted among Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's former interns in "Gale Brewer: The matriarch of Manhattan," published by City and State NY. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Jonathan Bing Comments on New York's New Sexual Harassment Laws

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Jonathan Bing comments on new sexual harassment compliance mandates for New York and its impact on employers in "Employers in dark on complying with new harassment regulations," published by Crain's New York Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Michelle Phillips Discusses States With #MeToo Inspired Laws

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 Michelle Phillips discusses the implications of states that have enacted #MeToo-related laws affecting public and private employers in "States Take Up #MeToo Mantle in Year After Weinstein," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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