Business News September 2019

Federal Regulations to Ease Access to Healthcare Records Raising Privacy Concerns Landmark medical information-sharing rules, proposed this year by the Department of Health and Human Services, are intended to make it easier for people to see their medical records, manage their illnesses, and understand their treatment choices.  The rules would require health providers to send…

Business News May 2019

New York passes Its Own DREAM Act The New York State Assembly and Senate pass the Jose Peralta DREAM Act.  Under the proposed legislation, state tuition assistance programs would be available to undocumented immigrants who have attended high school within the state for at least two years and either graduated from high school or obtained…

Business News February 2019

NY Lawmakers Pass GENDA On January 15, the New York legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression. Not only does this new law make it illicit to take adverse employment action against someone due to their gender expression or identity, but it also expands the…

Business News for November 2018

Lessons Learned from Tonawanda Coke Corporation With the sources from which we receive information being so diverse and services purporting to handle your company’s research being so ubiquitous, it is important to know and understand the rules, regulations and statutes that govern your respective industry.  Western New York residents are familiar with the near decade…

Business News for May 2018

State Legislature Passes Budget On March 30, 2018, the New York state legislature passed a $168.3 billion state budget for 2018, in what Governor Cuomo called the “most difficult budget we’ve ever done,” due to a $4.4 billion budget gap as well as “attacks” from Washington, in particular the reduction of the state and local…

Business News for November 2017

Clean Power Plan Dismantled by E.P.A. The Environmental Protection Agency announced on October 10 that Scott Pruitt, the chief of the agency, had signed a measure to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants known as the “Clean Power Plan.” The Clean Power Plan was first proposed by…

Business News for May 2017

President Trump Unveils Plan for Sweeping Tax-Cuts for Corporations On April 26, President Trump unveiled the blue prints to his plan for an overhaul of the tax code, including a proposal to lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. The current U.S. corporate tax rate is 35%, the highest among developed economies. Many smaller…