Legal Alert: New York Legalizes the Adult Use of Recreational Marijuana: What Does This Mean for Employers?

On March 31, 2021, New York State legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. There are a number of aspects to the new law, such as rules regulating the creation of marijuana dispensaries, the creation of a new taxation scheme and the decriminalization of certain marijuana offenses and others that will not…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson began volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership shortly after she retired as Deputy Counsel of Hunter College in 2018. In a short time, Lisa has already assisted on six unique legal matters, helping several New York-based clients with critical missions like curing childhood cancer. Lisa’s assistance during the pandemic was especially valuable to our…

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Legal Alert: New Jersey Gives Employers Green Light to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations

Back in January, we advised nonprofits that it was unclear whether all employers could require all of their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier this month, New Jersey employers received some clarity from the State of New Jersey. New Jersey issued two guidance documents (here and here) stating that employers in New Jersey can require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination in…

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Legal Alert: Recreational Cannabis Coming to New Jersey But Hopefully Not in Its Workplaces

After years of debate and an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution, in February 2021 Governor Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (NJCREAMMA), as well as related bills that largely decriminalized the use of marijuana and hashish (both of which are derived from a cannabis plant)….

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Legal Alert: Connecticut Paid Family Leave

CONNECTICUT NONPROFITS – IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, REGISTER NOW FOR PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM; PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS WERE TO BEGIN JANUARY 1, 2021 IF YOU HAVEN’T REGISTERED YET, IT IS NOT TOO LATE – BUT HURRY!  As you may know, the State of Connecticut enacted a new Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) program. PFML allows eligible…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Venable LLP

Venable attorneys have consistently volunteered with Pro Bono Partnership since 2014, and have assisted Partnership clients with a wide variety of legal matters. Venable’s New York real estate team has been particularly helpful to one of our amazing clients, Wolf Conservation Center (“WCC”), a nonprofit environmental education organization working to protect and preserve wolves in…

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