Required Online Filings with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau as of September 19, 2022

As of September 19, 2022, all annual filings with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau must be submitted online. As explained by the Attorney General’s office, online filings will benefit nonprofits in a number of ways including online payment and signature capabilities, faster review by the Attorney General’s office and quicker posting of…

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New York State Division of Human Rights to Establish Sexual Harassment Complaint Hotline

In March 2022, New York’s Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that requires the New York State Division of Human Rights to establish a free, confidential hotline to allow individuals to make complaints of workplace sexual harassment. This requirement goes into effect July 14, 2022. The new law requires that, once the hotline is…

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Connecticut Legalizes the Use of Recreational Cannabis

Effective July 1, 2021, Connecticut legalized the use of recreational cannabis for adults over the age of 21. Effective July 1, 2022, employers in Connecticut cannot discriminate against an employee or a job applicant for engaging in off-duty cannabis use. However, an employer can prohibit, and in some cases, implement discipline for the use, possession,…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joshua Savey

Joshua Savey, an Associate in the Tax Group at Shearman & Sterling, began volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership in 2020. In a short time, Josh has become one of our “go to” tax volunteers, having already assisted seven nonprofits with a variety of matters ranging from filing for 501(c)(3) tax exemption status to working through…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Varkey-Samuel

Susan Varkey-Samuel, Executive Director of Tax Audits and Tax Counsel at Merck, has been a consistent Pro Bono Partnership volunteer since 2011. Since she began volunteering with the Partnership, Susan has worked on 14 legal matters, providing much needed corporate guidance to New Jersey nonprofits. Last year, Susan volunteered to assist Pro Bono Partnership client New…

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New Jersey Employers Must Provide Notice Before Using Tracking Devices in Vehicles Used By Employees

A new law that takes effect in New Jersey on April 18, 2022 requires most private employers to provide written notice to employees before using tracking devices in vehicles operated by employees. The law defines “tracking device” as “an electronic or mechanical device which is designed or intended to be used for the sole purpose of tracking…

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