Lidia Szczepanowski, Esq. - Attorney at Law

Lidia Szczepanowski, Esq. - Attorney at Law

Lidia Szczepanowski, Esq. - NY Start-Up & Business Development Law Firm & Network ⚖️ As a general practice litigation attorney for over 30 years, I have spoken to hundreds of individuals about their legal issues.

I have represented clients in a wide range of cases, from inception up through trial, in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, negligence, criminal and appellate law, just to name a few. I recognized over these years that when a person is confronted with a legal issue, one of the most important and frequently asked questions is:
“What are my legal rights?”

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07/16/2021

♦️New York’s “do not call” protection now applies to text messages!
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New York State has passed a law expanding the classification of telemarketing to include marketing by text messages, closing a loophole that allowed texts to be exempt from telemarketing regulations.
Before the legislation was signed on Tuesday, the state had only classified phone calls, which were often automated, for the regulations outlined in General Business Law Sec. 399-Z. According to the state Attorney General’s office, anybody contacted by a telemarketer can ask to be put on the telemarketer’s required ‘Do Not Call’ list. They are prohibited from calling anyone on their list for at least 10 years. 
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New Yorkers registered on the national Do Not Call Registry will also not receive text messages from telemarketers. You can register for the Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov. ♦️
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♦️New York’s “do not call” protection now applies to text messages!
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New York State has passed a law expanding the classification of telemarketing to include marketing by text messages, closing a loophole that allowed texts to be exempt from telemarketing regulations.
Before the legislation was signed on Tuesday, the state had only classified phone calls, which were often automated, for the regulations outlined in General Business Law Sec. 399-Z. According to the state Attorney General’s office, anybody contacted by a telemarketer can ask to be put on the telemarketer’s required ‘Do Not Call’ list. They are prohibited from calling anyone on their list for at least 10 years. 
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New Yorkers registered on the national Do Not Call Registry will also not receive text messages from telemarketers. You can register for the Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov. ♦️
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#nylaw #newNYlaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslaw #nybusinesslawyer #nystartuplawyer #lawyer #attorney #law #consumer #business #texts #donotcall

07/13/2021

♦️Did you know that until yesterday, 7/12/21, it was illegal to get a haircut, shave or other related service on Sundays in New York?
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Tuesday repealing an outdated, rarely enforced section of the state's general business law that made it illegal to "engage in the business of" cutting hair, shaving or other barber-related work on Sundays.
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Anyone who broke the law could technically have been charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up for $5 for a first offense, though the law doesn't appear to have been applied in decades.
A second offense carried a fine of up to $25 and a potential jail sentence of up to 25 days.♦️

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♦️Did you know that until yesterday, 7/12/21, it was illegal to get a haircut, shave or other related service on Sundays in New York?
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Tuesday repealing an outdated, rarely enforced section of the state's general business law that made it illegal to "engage in the business of" cutting hair, shaving or other barber-related work on Sundays.
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Anyone who broke the law could technically have been charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up for $5 for a first offense, though the law doesn't appear to have been applied in decades.
A second offense carried a fine of up to $25 and a potential jail sentence of up to 25 days.♦️

#nylaw #newNYlaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslaw #nybusinesslawyer #nystartuplawyer #lawyer #attorney #law #ny

07/11/2021

♦️I’ve been serving the New York community as a Corporate/Commercial Litigation Attorney for over 30 Years and it’s been a privilege.
Now, I’m taking my three decades of legal and business experience, knowledge, and expertise and focusing on helping New York entrepreneurs start-up and develop their businesses. I am offering no nonsense business formation and document preparation and review, among other legal services, for a reasonable fee.
My new business model takes into consideration the fact that remote work is growing exponentially and technology has allowed us to work in a more innovative, efficient, and cost effective way.
Please check out my new website and let me know if I can help you or anyone you know who is starting or thinking about starting a new business. Email me at [email protected].
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www.AskLidiaTheLawyer.com.♦️

♦️I’ve been serving the New York community as a Corporate/Commercial Litigation Attorney for over 30 Years and it’s been a privilege.
Now, I’m taking my three decades of legal and business experience, knowledge, and expertise and focusing on helping New York entrepreneurs start-up and develop their businesses. I am offering no nonsense business formation and document preparation and review, among other legal services, for a reasonable fee.
My new business model takes into consideration the fact that remote work is growing exponentially and technology has allowed us to work in a more innovative, efficient, and cost effective way.
Please check out my new website and let me know if I can help you or anyone you know who is starting or thinking about starting a new business. Email me at [email protected].
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www.AskLidiaTheLawyer.com.♦️

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♦️Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan...if you’re an employer, do you have one?
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NY Labor Law Sec. 218-B entitled “Prevention of occupational exposure to an airborne infectious disease” requires
Employers in New York State to adopt a prevention plan to protect workers from the spread of airborne infectious diseases on the job.
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On July 6, 2021, NYS DOL published its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan under the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO”), signed into law on May 5, 2021 by Governor Cuomo. In addition to the general model plan, several industry-specific templates were also published, including agriculture, construction, delivery services, domestic workers, emergency response, food services, manufacturing and industry, personal services, private education, private transportation, and retail.
Under HERO, which covers virtually all private sector businesses with worksites in New York State, employers must now adopt the applicable model plan or develop an alternative plan with meaningful participation of employees that provides the same level of protection within 30 days, i.e., August 5, 2021. Although the plan needs to be adopted by this date, it does not need to be in “effect” until the New York State Commissioner of Health designates an infectious disease as a “highly contagious communicable disease” that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health. As of today, no such designation has been made.
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In addition to adopting such a plan, the law requires, among other things, that it be made available to employees and posted in a visible and prominent location within each worksite. 
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The model airborne infectious disease standards include procedures and methods related to employee health screenings, face coverings, required personal protective equipment, etc.
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Employers can face a fine of up to $50 a day for not adopting a prevention plan, or a penalty of $1,000 to $10,000 for not abiding by an adopted plan.♦️
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#nylaw #newNYlaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslaw #nybusinesslawyer #nystartuplawyer #lawyer #attorney #law

07/10/2021

♦️Do you know who is gathering and using your Biometric Data...and for what purpose?
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“A new biometrics privacy ordinance has taken effect across New York City, putting new limits on what businesses can do with the biometric data they collect on their customers.
From Friday, businesses that collect biometric information — most commonly in the form of facial recognition and fingerprints — are required to conspicuously post notices and signs to customers at their doors explaining how their data will be collected. The ordinance applies to a wide range of businesses — retailers, stores, restaurants and theaters, to name a few — which are also barred from selling, sharing or otherwise profiting from the biometric information that they collect.
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The move will give New Yorkers — and its millions of visitors each year — greater protections over how their biometric data is collected and used, while also serving to dissuade businesses from using technology that critics say is discriminatory and often doesn’t work.
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Businesses can face stiff penalties for violating the law, but can escape fines if they fix the violation quickly.”♦️
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(Excerpts from an article from TechCrunch.com)
#nylaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer #nybusinessattorney #asklidiathelawyer #startuplawyer #businessdevelopment #biometrics

♦️Do you know who is gathering and using your Biometric Data...and for what purpose?
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“A new biometrics privacy ordinance has taken effect across New York City, putting new limits on what businesses can do with the biometric data they collect on their customers.
From Friday, businesses that collect biometric information — most commonly in the form of facial recognition and fingerprints — are required to conspicuously post notices and signs to customers at their doors explaining how their data will be collected. The ordinance applies to a wide range of businesses — retailers, stores, restaurants and theaters, to name a few — which are also barred from selling, sharing or otherwise profiting from the biometric information that they collect.
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The move will give New Yorkers — and its millions of visitors each year — greater protections over how their biometric data is collected and used, while also serving to dissuade businesses from using technology that critics say is discriminatory and often doesn’t work.
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Businesses can face stiff penalties for violating the law, but can escape fines if they fix the violation quickly.”♦️
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(Excerpts from an article from TechCrunch.com)
#nylaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer #nybusinessattorney #asklidiathelawyer #startuplawyer #businessdevelopment #biometrics

07/08/2021

♦️Most employment in New York state is considered “at-will.” At-will employment means that employers can lay off employees for any reason (or no reason) without an explanation, unless the firing is a violation of the law, like any form of employment discrimination or retaliation.
Just recently, New York City expanded the Fair Workweek Law to require that fast food workers be fired only for “just cause.” 
Here are specific requirements of this law:
* The covered employees are fast food workers who work for chains with 30 or more restaurants across the country.
* Employers must provide an initial 30-day probation period.
* Then, the employer can terminate the employee, reduce their work hours by 15%, or indefinitely suspend the employee onlyfor just cause.
* Just cause definition: Employee is unable to satisfactorily perform the job duties or there is misconduct which is demonstrably and materially harmful to the employer’s business. 
* Before discharge, the employer must provide 5 days-notice with the reason for the termination. ♦️
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#nyc #nyclaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer #nybusinessattorney #lawyer #newlaw

♦️Most employment in New York state is considered “at-will.” At-will employment means that employers can lay off employees for any reason (or no reason) without an explanation, unless the firing is a violation of the law, like any form of employment discrimination or retaliation.
Just recently, New York City expanded the Fair Workweek Law to require that fast food workers be fired only for “just cause.” 
Here are specific requirements of this law:
* The covered employees are fast food workers who work for chains with 30 or more restaurants across the country.
* Employers must provide an initial 30-day probation period.
* Then, the employer can terminate the employee, reduce their work hours by 15%, or indefinitely suspend the employee onlyfor just cause.
* Just cause definition: Employee is unable to satisfactorily perform the job duties or there is misconduct which is demonstrably and materially harmful to the employer’s business. 
* Before discharge, the employer must provide 5 days-notice with the reason for the termination. ♦️
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#nyc #nyclaw #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer #nybusinessattorney #lawyer #newlaw

07/08/2021

♦️Great news!
JULY 7,2021
NEW YORK: Outdoor dining has been extended in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law yesterday immediately allowing restaurants to continue using sidewalks and streets for another year.
The measure extends a policy put in place during the pandemic that helped eateries stay afloat.
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#nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer#nybusinessattorney #lawyerlife #nyrestaurants

♦️Great news!
JULY 7,2021
NEW YORK: Outdoor dining has been extended in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law yesterday immediately allowing restaurants to continue using sidewalks and streets for another year.
The measure extends a policy put in place during the pandemic that helped eateries stay afloat.
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#nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer#nybusinessattorney #lawyerlife #nyrestaurants

07/05/2021

Do you think this is a good or bad idea?👍🏼👎🏼
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The New York City Office of Nightlife has proposed pilot programs for 24-hour nightlife zones that would abolish "last call" at some bars and clubs. 
City officials are trying to boost the city’s recovery following a devastating economic loss following the coronavirus pandemic. The pilot program is a new tool the city is exploring, with similar programs in Berlin and Amsterdam proving successful. 
"We are recommending this as a pilot to identify areas where 24-hour use might be appropriate," Ariel Palitz, senior executive director of the Office of Nightlife, told WCBS. "New licenses that committed to hosting community programming in exchange for this allowance in certain areas has proved wildly successful."
Palitz further claimed that the programs in Europe "actually help reduce conflicts and quality of life concerns by not having everyone rushing out and rushing in." 
The United Kingdom used similar reasoning in the late '80s when the government extended pub hours, which saw "huge reduction in convictions for drunkenness and other problems." 
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#lawyerforstartups #lawyerforentrepreneurs

Do you think this is a good or bad idea?👍🏼👎🏼
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The New York City Office of Nightlife has proposed pilot programs for 24-hour nightlife zones that would abolish "last call" at some bars and clubs. 
City officials are trying to boost the city’s recovery following a devastating economic loss following the coronavirus pandemic. The pilot program is a new tool the city is exploring, with similar programs in Berlin and Amsterdam proving successful. 
"We are recommending this as a pilot to identify areas where 24-hour use might be appropriate," Ariel Palitz, senior executive director of the Office of Nightlife, told WCBS. "New licenses that committed to hosting community programming in exchange for this allowance in certain areas has proved wildly successful."
Palitz further claimed that the programs in Europe "actually help reduce conflicts and quality of life concerns by not having everyone rushing out and rushing in." 
The United Kingdom used similar reasoning in the late '80s when the government extended pub hours, which saw "huge reduction in convictions for drunkenness and other problems." 
#nyc #nylawyer #nyattorney #nybusinesslawyer #nybusinessattorney
#lawyerforstartups #lawyerforentrepreneurs

07/05/2021

Truth!
Remember to have an attorney review any contracts you intend to sign. Do things correctly from the beginning and you’ll save significant time, money and problems.
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#nylawyer #nybusinesslawyer #nyattorney #nybusinessattorney #asklidiathelawyer #entrepreneurs #startups #startyourbusinessright

Truth!
Remember to have an attorney review any contracts you intend to sign. Do things correctly from the beginning and you’ll save significant time, money and problems.
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#nylawyer #nybusinesslawyer #nyattorney #nybusinessattorney #asklidiathelawyer #entrepreneurs #startups #startyourbusinessright

07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸
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Below is some information about why we are celebrating today.
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The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The document announced the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Great Britain. On July 2, by the votes of 12 colonies (with New York abstaining) it was resolved that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.”
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The Declaration of Independence states in part:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
#happy4thofjuly #happyindependenceday

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸
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Below is some information about why we are celebrating today.
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The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The document announced the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Great Britain. On July 2, by the votes of 12 colonies (with New York abstaining) it was resolved that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.”
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The Declaration of Independence states in part:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
#happy4thofjuly #happyindependenceday

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