Posted in Articles

New York State and City Anti-Harassment Laws

By Evan D. Parness

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, New York State and New York City governments have passed new laws aimed at sexual harassment prevention.  Businesses with operations in New York State and/or New York City must comply with these new laws.

New York City: Effective September 6, 2018, all employers in New York City must post an anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities poster and provide an information sheet on sexual harassment to each employee at the time of hire – both of which are available on the New York City Commission on Human Right’s website.  The links to the poster and information sheet are below.  The poster must be at least 8.5” x 14” (legal size) and posted in both English and Spanish.

Please see the following links for additional information:

New York State: Effective October 9, 2018, all employers in New York State must provide employees with a written non-harassment policy and provide sexual harassment training annually to all employees beginning in January 1, 2019.   The State Department of Labor, in consultation with the State Division of Human Rights, recently released the attached draft materials, which include a model policy, a model complaint form, a model training program, and an FAQ (which also addresses this area of the law in the context of mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements).   Stay tuned for updates once the State Department of Labor finalizes the draft complaint form, training program, and FAQs.

Please see the following links for more information:

For more information on the anti-sexual harassment legislation recently passed in New York City and New York State, please see the following two DLA Employment Alerts:

Evan Parness represents employers and senior executives in all aspects of employment-related litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and alternative dispute resolution bodies.


Posted in Reports

How will digital transformation impact financial services?

Our Digital Transformation in Financial Services paper examines five themes transforming the financial services marketplace: the evolution of disruption; collaboration and investment; the shifting landscape of regulation and technology; payments and cryptocurrencies; and cybersecurity and monetizing data.

It is based on an in-depth global survey and interviews with key industry leaders across the financial services landscape, including representation from major retail banks, investment banks, FinTechs, venture capitalists, asset managers, fund managers, insurance companies, other financial institutions and regulators. The findings are supported by analysis and insight from DLA Piper’s global Financial Services sector team and secondary research sources. The white paper highlights the key critical legal, regulatory and commercial challenges and the opportunities on offer.  Click here to access the white paper.

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The Italian residential lease market: A potential gold mine?

Italy is currently experiencing an economic recovery, in the real estate residential market as elsewhere. This is due to a turnaround in consumer spending after the massive crisis of 2008 as well as an influx of foreign purchasers – particularly from Australia and New Zealand, wishing to buy homes in Florence and Rome especially – attracted by the “Italian lifestyle” and by a tax regime beneficial to foreigners looking to purchase a permanent residence in the country.

Francesco CalabriaPaolo Foppiani and Alessia Cucullo explore the potential of the Italian residential lease market in the latest issue of Real Estate Gazette. Click here to read the full article.

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The Second Circuit rules against DOJ’s aggressive assertion of extraterritorial FCPA jurisdiction over foreign accessories

Dealing a significant blow to US prosecutors, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that a non-resident foreign national, operating entirely outside the physical territory of the United States, cannot be liable for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) under aiding-and-abetting or conspiracy theories unless he was directly liable under the statute as an employee, director, or “agent” of a US company.

Click here to read the full article.


Posted in Event

The Israeli Technology Ecosystem Seminar in Toronto

DLA Piper Canada was thrilled to host a breakfast seminar with Rena Nickerson, General Manager of SodaStream Canada who shared her timely insights into this great Israeli international growth story. Jeremy Lustman, Chair of DLA Piper’s Israel Country Group discussed the Israeli venture capital/private equity tech ecosystem. The event was hosted by Noam Goodman who will be in Israel in October speaking at an event for Israeli companies doing business in Canada. For more information, please email

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Buyer beware − recent SBA regulatory changes could decrease the value of small business targets

Recent changes to the US Small Business Administration’s regulations could significantly affect the value of government contractors that depend on certain contracts set aside for small businesses. Brad Jorgensen and Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith explain the implications of these regulatory changes on entities contemplating a merger or acquisition involving small-business government contractors.

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Co-Living Developments in the UK

Co-living developments have become increasingly common in the UK, with a number of new entrants into the market in recent times, as well as a number of other businesses looking to move into this area. This follows a recent trend for a greater number and range of co-working developments in London.

In this month’s issue of Real Estate GazetteMatt Davies and Israel Country Group partner Paul Jayson highlight potential issues that need to be considered when undertaking co-living developments, including issues relating to real estate, planning law and tax.

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Posted in Newsletter

eSignature and ePayment News and Trends – July 2018

This eSignature and ePayment bulletin is the fourth in a series aiming to help companies identify important and significant news and legal developments impacting digital offerings. Margo H. K. TankDavid Whitaker and Andrew Grant look at the importance of capturing the customer’s intent to sign a document electronically. In addition, they cover recently enacted federal and state laws, federal and state regulatory activities, fresh judicial precedent and other important news.

Click here to read more.