Bond Attorneys to Present at Association of Towns 2020 Annual Meeting & Training School

February 16, 2020

By: John F. McKay, III, Howard M. Miller, Hilary L. Moreira, Craig L. Olivo, and Justin C. Tan

Bond Attorneys Howard Miller, Craig Olivo, Hilary Moreira, John McKay and Justin Tan to present Sessions at the Association of Towns Annual Meeting

February 16 - 19, 2020

New York Marriott Marquis 

1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Presentations by Bond Attorneys are below.

Sweeping Changes to New York Human Rights Law 
Howard Miller, Member
Monday, February 17, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Alvin/Carnegie, 5th Floor

New York employers must immediately prepare for sweeping changes to the New York Human Rights Law. In 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation making these unprecedented changes, which will impose new mandatory requirements for employers and increase the likelihood of harassment claims. 

Most notably, the legislation eliminates the well-established “severe or pervasive” standard for a legal harassment claim. Instead, conduct will only need to rise above "petty slights or trivial inconveniences" to constitute unlawful and therefore actionable harassment. 
The impact of this change – along with other significant changes to the Human Rights Law – cannot be understated, and employers must immediately adapt and adjust their practices. 

In this session, we will provide a practical explanation of the new legislation, focusing on:

  • How the new standard of “petty slights or trivial inconveniences” may be interpreted
  • Practical approaches to minimizing risk and avoiding liability
  • Broader prohibitions on employers using non-disclosure and mandatory arbitration agreements
  • Necessary changes to training programs and harassment policies


Marijuana in the Workplace
Craig Olivo, Member, and Hilary Moreira, Member
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m., Belasco/Broadhurst, 5th Floor

A growing list of states have approved the use of medical marijuana and many have now approved the recreational use of marijuana as well. In 2019, Governor Cuomo stated that full legalization of marijuana in New York State was a priority. While it did not occur in 2019, this will be a hot topic during the next legislative session. These developments raise complex issues for employers. During our session we will discuss the current state of the law related to the use of medicinal marijuana in New York and we will also discuss the workplace issues that employers may face if, and when, recreational marijuana is legalized.
Disclosure Delayed, may be Justice Denied
John McKay, member and Justin Tan, member
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m., Astor Ballroom, 7th Floor

New York State recently enacted new rules that will dramatically overhaul the discovery system in criminal cases and the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes as it relates to the timing of the production of pre-trial disclosure.   These changes have significant ramifications for both prosecutors and defense attorneys.  In our session, we will provide an overview of the substantial changes to the criminal procedure pre-trial discovery rules and detail the specific disclosure that must be exchanged with defendants facing criminal charges.  

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