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Volunteer Labor Union in New York State

In the state of New York is it legal for a group of volunteers to form a labor union? If not clearly legal is there anything that prohibits a labor union of volunteer?
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Cobra medical benefits life event

My employer has several health ins plans. My employer is required to provide Cobra coverage as it has several dozen employees. If I were to choose one during open-enrollment, then get laid-off, the ...
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Does CPLR 3119 allow for pro se litigants from a foreign state to take a deposition in NY?

Unlike Vermont which has recently amended their own version of the UIDDA statute which now explicitly states that the statute also applies to pro se litigants, the New York version of the UIDDA (CPLR ...
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Start a business out of my house selling coffee

I want to start a business where I charge people to use my living room, wifi. They can leave a tip for any of my coffee that they drink. Is there a legality issue with this?
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What if a board can't agree on a slate to propose for election at its annual membership meeting?

A nonprofit (New York State 501c3) that I'm involved with has a Board of Directors that has recently erupted in conflict. The annual membership meeting is coming up and it appears that no majority of ...
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Evicting My Domestic Partner from an Illegal Basement Apartment

I own a single family house in Queens, NY. I have an illegal basement apartment where my ex (legal domestic partner) has lived for 3 years to share care of our dogs. One of the dogs recently died and ...
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Does the iconic WWII-end “Kiss” photo depict sexual assault?

One of the most famous images from the end of World War II was of a sailor kissing someone who looked like a nurse in Times Square, celebrating the victory. As described in a featured article in ...
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If the principal of a power-of-attorney agreement is the agent in another POA, does the first agent have agency towards the last party?

Asking about New York state specifically, but curious about an answer towards any state. In one durable General Power of Attorney agreement: Party A has agency over Party B (A is the agent, B is ...
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If a landlord approvs a tenant but refuses to allow them to move in, can the tenant recover fees associated with temporary housing?

Venue is NYC/New York State/US. The Situation: Landlord's real estate agent shows an apartment to Bob. Bob likes the apartment, puts down a deposit, submits an application. Application is approved,...
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What obligations do homeowners have about storm water discharge?

When there is a downpour, which happens at least a dozen times per year, my next-door neighbor's back yard fills up with water. I mean that the entire back yard looks like a pond, and the grass is ...
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Am I required to work if I am not being paid in New York?

My pay period will start on August 22nd, however my employer wants me to come in on August 19th. Since this is outside the pay period am I required to work?
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state statute violate 4th

If ny state vehicle statute declares it to be a misdemeanor for failing to update ones home address marked on the drivers license, punishable up to 250 dollar fine and or 15 days imprisonment, after ...
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Is dumping a bucket of water on a police officer assault?

In NYC, headlines include locals dumping buckets of water on the police officers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/23/new-york-cops-throwing-water-de-blasio-unions/
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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

Today I went with my dad grocery shopping at a supermarket in New York (ShopRite) and he put a six-pack of beer in the cart. They then wouldn’t let him buy the beer because they couldn’t ID me (21, ...
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What is the legal status of intimate photos sent to your (now) ex-partner after a break-up?

When I met my now ex-boyfriend, we were both already over 18. I took digital nude pictures of myself and transferred them electronically to him, i. e. I was sexting him. He didn't specifically ask for ...
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Would working for a marijuana distributor remotely from outside of a legal state be open me to criminal charges?

I saw a job opening for a software developer position working in the marijuana industry. This is a job where I would not be directly handling or distributing marijuana. The company would be based in a ...
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Is a license required to be an art dealer in NYC?

If Alice wishes to buy and sell art in New York City, New York, USA, is she required to obtain a license from any regulatory board or agency at any level of government?
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Jurisdiction of Texas Rangers in Louisiana?

I understand that Texas Rangers are responsible for killing Bonnie& Clyde in North Louisiana. Is it lawful for a Texas Police Agent to engage a citizen in New York City?
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Are traffic signs on private property legally enforceable in Upstate NY?

Upstate NY here. You see them everywhere: private property parking lots (mall parking lots, Lowes/Target/Walmart parking lots, etc.) that have stop signs, handicap parking spaces, double yellow lines.....
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In NYS, can a medical marijuana patient be fired or denied a job for a positive drug test result for THC?

In New York State, do medical marijuana patients have legal protections when it come to THC showing up in a drug test? Assuming they are both living and working within the state. Additionally, do ...
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Want to sue my former employer for wage theft; or settle

I have not been paid wages for April 2019 and was abruptly laid off on May 8. I want to sue the company. They are moving money out of the U.S., telling employees we'll be paid soon, and seemingly ...
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Company wants me to sign a general release ASAP. I said no

I got let go today but my company (based in NYC) still owes me money, about $12,000 after tax, roughly. Shortly after letting me go, the company asked me to sign a general release. This, in theory, ...
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Do I have to submit DNA again after first sample failed?

Question (short version): My probation has been transferred to my home state via Interstate Compact. Can the sending state still compel me to resubmit a new DNA sample? Background: I was convicted ...
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Child care exemptions for jury duty in NYS?

New York State (USA) here. I work full time and my wife is a full-time stay at home mom and caretaker for our two children (ages 4 and 6). My wife received a Jury Duty summons and is expected to show ...
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Non-ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility for New York State

I would like to know ERISA equivalent for a government organization in New York State https://www.asppa.org/Resources/Publications/Plan-Consultant-Online/PC-Mag-Article/ArticleID/5217
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PERB Citation Elements

What does the following mean exactly? (Matter of Freeport Union Free Sch. Dist. [Freeport Educ. Off. Assn.], 31 PERB ¶ 4021 [1998]) From part 1.1 of the NYS Law Reporting Style Manual, I see a ...
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Interpreting the 2019 New York Reproductive Health Act?

There has been a lot of discussion about the New York 2019 Reproductive Health Act signed by Governor Cuomo. Under what conditions can a legal abortion be performed under the NY 2019 Reproductive ...
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In a New York Subway, Are you allowed to use a vape pen?

Vape pens emit vapor which appears just like smoke. Smoking is not allowed on New York Subways, but vaping is not smoking as there is no combustion. Are vape pens allowed on New York Subways? Are ...
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Do Legal Documents Require Signing In Standard Pen Colors?

I have a question as to whether or not legal documents signed in non standard pen colors (Anything other than blue or black) are valid. I carry a purple pen around that use for everyday writing tasks,...
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Suits: How can Simon Lowe, with Daniel Hardman, sue Harvey Specter in connection with the doctrine of unclean hands?

In the last 2 episodes of Suits Season 8, Simon Lowe sues, via his attorney Daniel Hardman, Harvey Specter for breaking privilege. What happened was the lawyers Harvey Specter and Alex Williams who ...
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There's a (potentially large) mistake in my contract, is there a need to address it?

A company that's using the contracting firm said they'd pay me $X per hour, and the same amount for hours over 40 in a given week. Apparently there's an exemption from the 1.5x pay for certain ...
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Icy conditions, who is to blame?

We had a bout of freezing rain last week. While I was driving to work, I stopped at A US Customs Inspection Lane (I commute from Canada). Due to the crowning of the plaza, my car slid sideways 90 ...
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Does the adultery law in New York affect the person being used to cheat with?

I found a public website regarding this law (New York Penal Law Sec. 255.17 Adultery), this one: https://newyork.public.law/laws/n.y._penal_law_section_255.17 Let's say someone's wife cheats on her ...
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Test law for constitutionality without risking jail?

I was always sort of told that the constitutionality of a law could not be tested except by a "real" case. In other words, you had to violate a law to get it tested in court, and thereby risk jail ...
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Can a township be at fault for damaging property?

This involves the neighborhood I grew up in, and where my parents still live. Its a small exurb of NYC. The development my parents live in is about 200 houses at the base of a steep hill. In the past ...
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Supplemental Spousal Liability NY

I was always under the impression that Bodily Injury Liability pays out to to other driver, other driver's passengers, and your own passengers. After reading the below, "your own passengers" ...
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Is it Illegal to own operate a hoverboard in New York State?

Some states have strict laws on hoverboards. Is anyone familiar with how this is handled in New York State? Is it illegal to ride a hoverboard in the public parks or on bike lanes of public roads ...
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Is this a legitimate Title IX investigation or is this an abuse of power by the Title IX coordinator?

I used to be a student at a certain NYC public college, I graduated, and after graduation, I still had access to the school because I was a "research assistant". However I never was paid, nor did I ...
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Indictment of solicitation of child pornography

Let's say Bobby asked Sally if she wanted to trade lewd pictures when they were minors via an instant messenger. Sally flatly says no at the time, and no pictures are sent or received, with Bobby ...
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How do I reinstate a “lost” birth certificate?

I am attempting to prove my lineage, and need my grandfather's birth certificate. He was born in Bronx, NY, in 1914. My parents did a search for this document in 1997, and got a response that the ...
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Does filing a complaint with the NY Board of Regents do any good?

Recently, the student government of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute decided to file a complaint with the New York Board of Regents over the behavior of its administration. In an editorial in the ...
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Can one be fired for “not being a good fit”?

NY/USA here if jurisdiction matters. I am employed full-time and am salaried. I have an at-will employment with no special contractual constraints with my employer. Can I lawfully be fired for simply ...
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What makes me a member of my LLC?

I had a lawyer form an LLC in New York, where I reside, that I used to buy rental property. I paid for the property using money from my personal bank account. The property deeds are in the name of the ...
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Where Can I Find Weapon Definitions as Refereed To In NY Penal Code?

In NY penal code section 265.01 it states: A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when: (1) He or she possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, ...
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Are USA private sector employees entitled to federal holidays?

I was raised to believe that federal holidays are to some degree sacrosanct, namely, that even private employers can't compel employees to work on them (i.e., employees are technically protected ...
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Law in History: Weapon Law in New York in the 1960s: Long Blades

While researching for a novel, I stumbled about an interesting legal point I can't answer on my own because I neither am a lawyer nor am in the US: Between 1945 and 1951 quite some Katana were ...
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Subletting in commercial space with verbal but not written permission - NYC

I'm a tenant in a commercial space in NYC that is sublet friendly (lots of artists, musicians, etc.) My landlord told me subletting was okay when I first looked at the space I rented and I ended up ...
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What will I be charged with in Manhattan, New York?

I conspired with Daisy to steal a NYSE work badge/access card from Sanjay and Daisy replaces his badge with a fake one. I impersonate Sanjay (make my appearance like his) and sneak into the NYSE with ...
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If an adult is raped by a minor, is it statutory rape?

Say an adult is raped by a minor, and does not give legally applicable consent regardless of knowledge of age of the minor. Do statutory rape charges against the adult still apply?
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Upcoming Child Support Hearing

Back story: I am male, 50 years old. 25 years ago, in New York State (USA), I and a bunch of coworkers occasionally would go out for drinks on Fridays after work. One of the regulars in this crowd is "...