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    Legislation Introduced to Protect Collegiate Athletes

    While the debate as to whether universities should financially compensate their student-athletes satiates the press’ headlines, another lesser-known “debate” is already underway within the U.S. Congress. Under the current collegiate structure, universities may offer amateur athletes scholarships to obtain a post-secondary education in exchange for their athletic performance.  Without these athletic scholarships, many student-athletes would […]

    Opened Web-based Emails Deemed “Electronic Storage” under the Stored Communications Act

    One morning, a mailman delivers mail to your mailbox.  You can make the statement that “the mailbox stores your mail.”  Later that day, you retrieve and open the mail.  “The mail is no longer being stored,” correct?  While logically sound for paper mail, the same cannot be said for email communications. The Fourth Amendment of […]

    UPDATE: Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets and the First Amendment Possibly Headed to Supreme Court

    In March 2013, this blog discussed a 2011 case that erupted when junior high students wore breast cancer awareness bracelets with the slogan “I (Heart) Boobies.” School officials quickly banned the bracelets on the basis that the slogan caused a substantial disruption to classroom activity. Students argued that the ban amounted to a violation of […]

    An Overview of the Employer Mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) includes an “employer mandate,” which requires that all employers with more than fifty full-time employees must offer health insurance or face a penalty. Starting in 2015, these employers must offer health insurance that is “affordable” (meaning the employee contributions are less than 9.5% of […]

    What is Corporate Governance?

    Corporate governance is a term that refers to the set of rules, values and procedures by which a company is operated, directed and controlled. Good corporate governance provides a structure that enables a corporation to attain its objectives and efficiently use its resources. It serves to balance the varying interests of the company’s stakeholders – […]

    An Overview of the Individual Mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    On January 1, 2014, a number of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) become effective. One of the most controversial of these provisions is the “individual mandate,” which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty. Under the Section 1501 of the PPACA, an […]

    Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

    On December 18, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”).  The Act signifies the first substantial overhaul of the laws governing New York’s nonprofit sector in almost a half-century.  The Act, which will take effect on July 1, 2014, amends numerous sections of the New York […]