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Proposed Changes to Overtime Pay Law

President Obama is set to announce an extensive change to the nation’s overtime pay law, affecting as many as five million Americans in the first year. The proposed law would increase the threshold for eligibility of overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440, and it could be here by 2016.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg

“This change in the law will have an enormous impact on businesses throughout the country,” said attorney Ryan Finn of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy. “Employees working more than 40 hours will have to be paid overtime, regardless of their title as ‘manager’ or ‘supervisor’ unless the company is willing to pay a fixed salary that exceeds the Federal standard. This is great news for middle class Americans.”

Although the administration has the authority to apply the regulation without Congressional approval, opponents are expected to challenge it in court and perhaps take it to congress. Conservatives and business groups against the increase argue that it would, among other things, restrict business growth and employee productivity.

Despite the critics’ public aversion to Obama’s proposal, he remains intent on passing the law by 2016, saying, “In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. That’s at the heart of what it means to be middle class in America.”

The administration will likely begin to release details on this proposal next Tuesday, and The President will officially announce this sweeping change during his Wisconsin visit next Thursday.

For more news on the announcement, click here.

If you are in need of business litigation, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one our experienced litigation attorneys.  We offer convenient meeting times at any of our four regional law offices in AlbanyTroy, Latham and Saratoga Springs, NY.

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E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy to Recognize Community Heroes

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy honors nine Community Heroes each year with the Tri-City ValleyCats. Click the photo to nominate someone today!

TROY – The E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm is once again teaming up with the Tri-City ValleyCats to recognize community heroes from across the Capital Region. They are seeking nominations from organizations and plan to select a “Starting Nine” of Community Heroes that will be recognized at the ValleyCats’ August 12th game against the Auburn Doubledays.

In the third year of the Home Run Community Heroes program, the ValleyCats and the E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law firm plan to honor heroes from all walks of life who have made a difference in their communities. This will include personnel from the military, law enforcement, firefighter/EMT agencies and non-profit organizations, as well as teachers, children and everyday people who have helped make the Capital Region a better place to live.

“We consider giving back to our community to be a goal on par with providing the highest caliber of service to our clients,” said E. Stewart Jones, Jr. “We are proud to help continue this program and honor these important Community Heroes at another fun-filled ValleyCats game.”

“This is a great opportunity to recognize some of the individuals that make the Capital Region such a great place to live,” said Matt Callahan, general manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats. “We are excited to continue this partnership with the E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm, another active member of our community.”

Chosen winners will be recognized on the field as part of a special ceremony prior to the ValleyCats game on Wednesday, August 12th. Each member of the “Starting Nine” will also receive four tickets to enjoy the game, food and drinks as guests of the E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm in the Diamond Club on the suite level at “The Joe.”

To nominate a community hero go to the ValleyCats’ website or call their office at (518) 629-2287Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 24, 2015.

Nominate now online!

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About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with acombined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices across the Greater Capital Region, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

Important Amendment to NYS Human Rights Law

discrimination.jpgThe New York State Assembly took a strong stance against gender discrimination on June 2nd when they passed an important amendment to the New York State Human Rights Law. In Bill A7189/S3, plaintiffs who prove “gender discrimination in employment, housing, or the provision of credit can recover attorney’s fees.” The state senate passed it in January of this year.

At present, victims of sex discrimination are expected to pay all fees incurred over the course of their lawsuits, even after they have won their cases. This financial burden makes it very difficult for victims to seek damages, and as a result the cycle of discrimination continues.

Ryan Finn, attorney at E Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy said, “This bill is a great first step toward strengthening New York’s anti-discrimination and retaliation laws. Although [it] only covers gender discrimination and sexual harassment, it is expected that similar proposals will be passed to cover discrimination against all protected groups.”

Many non-for-profit groups throughout New York State realize the societal changes toward gender equality that Bill A7189/S3 would produce. Some strong advocates include the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Women’s Equality Coalition, and Family Planning Advocates of NY (FPANY).

With the senate and assembly’s unanimous support, the only benefactor left is Governor Cuomo. His Women’s Equality Act of 2014 and long-time civil rights activism makes him a likely supporter of this crucial bill.

If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, contact us immediately to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We offer convenient locations in AlbanyTroy, Latham and Saratoga Springs, NY.

 

 

Union College Student Files Police Brutality Lawsuit

Schenectady – The E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy law firm recently filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a former Union College student alleging that city police violated his civil rights by brutalizing and falsely arresting him at an off-campus celebration last year for the school’s hockey national championship. The civil action also contends that the victim, Broderick Shea, was repeatedly denied a phone call while being held in police custody for nearly six hours after being booked for criminal charges. E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy attorney James Knox will represent Mr. Shea throughout the legal process.  For additional information, please click on the links below.

Albany Times Union

Schenectady Daily Gazette

Union College Newspaper – Concordiensis

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About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The January 2015 merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices in Albany, Troy, Latham and Saratoga Springs, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

Civil Case to be Filed for Client Pepper-Sprayed by Saratoga Police

Charges Against Adam Rupeka Dismissed by  Saratoga County District Attorney

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm plans to pursue a civil case after Mr. Rupeka was pepper-sprayed by Saratoga Springs police

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Adam Rupeka was vindicated following being pepper-sprayed and arrested in a traffic stop by Saratoga Springs police when the Saratoga County District Attorney made a motion to dismiss all charges today.

Mr. Rupeka was pulled over in downtown Saratoga Springs on May 16. During the stop, a Saratoga Springs police officer pepper-sprayed Mr. Rupeka and then placed him in the back of a police cruiser with the windows rolled up, further increasing the pain of the substance.

Attorney James Knox, of the E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm, is representing Mr. Rupeka and plans to pursue a civil case against the police officer who pepper-sprayed Mr. Rupeka, and possibly the Saratoga Springs Police Department. The officer who made the arrest has been placed on administrative leave.

“From the start, there was only one outcome that was going to satisfy us, and that was total dismissal. I applaud the district attorney for making the right decision today to dismiss this case,” said Attorney James Knox of the E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm. “The officer in question had no probable cause to stop or arrest my client, and the District Attorney noted today that the dismissal serves the interest of justice.”

Mr. Knox anticipates moving forward with the civil case in the very near future.

LINK TO VIDEO: http://youtu.be/4uSZ9oSYdI8

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About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The January 2015 merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices in Albany, Troy, Latham and Saratoga Springs, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Headquarters to be in Troy, NY

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm to Consolidate Offices and be Headquartered in Downtown Troy

Law Offices of E. Stewart Jones Law Office in Troy NY

The historic brownstone at 28 Second Street will be the main headquarters for the law firm.

TROY – Partners of the E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy Law Firm announced today the merger of its two main offices into one headquarters in the historic Troy brownstone that the E. Stewart Jones firm called home for more than 50 years.

The firm will bring 17 full-time staff presently positioned in Latham into downtown Troy to join the 11 full-time staff already headquartered there. The firm will maintain the Latham office with regular office hours, as well as continue to operate offices in Saratoga Springs and Albany.

“We feel that this is a great opportunity to bring our consolidated team closer together, which will allow us to better serve our clients,” said E. Stewart Jones. “We are excited to bring even more employees into downtown Troy, as well. My family has been practicing law in Troy since 1898, so I am pleased to grow the professional community in the Collar City.”

The E. Stewart Jones Law Firm and Hacker Murphy, LLP merged in January 2015 to form E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy. The merger created one of the most experienced personal injury, criminal defense, property tax dispute and commercial litigation law firms in New York State.

“We believe consolidating our staffs in one central location will allow us to better serve both our clients and the community at large,” said Jim Hacker. “Troy is a great place to work, and our Latham employees are excited about moving there.”

The firm has 14 attorneys offering legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.

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 About E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy: The merger of the E. Stewart Jones and Hacker Murphy law firms creates an entity with a combined 134-year track record of success in the Upstate New York legal community. With offices in Albany, Troy, Latham and Saratoga Springs, NY, the firm’s 15 attorneys offer unparalleled legal counsel in the areas of commercial litigation, property tax dispute, criminal defense and personal injury law.