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Parenting Amidst Divorce in New York – Will Parenting Ever Be “Routine” After 2020? (02/26/2021)

Program Number: 3126 Presenter: Nikki Bruno, EdM., Alan Feigenbaum, Esq., Sophie Jacobi-Parisi, Esq.

Before the pandemic of 2020, contested custody disputes over how decisions are to be made between divorcing parents could generally be segregated into two buckets: (1) the “major” decisions, such as where to enroll a child in school, medical treatment, or whether or not to have a child treated by a therapist; and (2) the “routine daily decisions” – a sacred collection of day-to-day decisions that a divorced parent could make on his or her own without needing to seek the consent of the other parent. After the Covid-19 outbreak, the once, seemingly defined bucket of “routine daily decisions” has become a gray area. New York courts faced with making a determination about custody must consider the “best interests of the child”. Making that determination after the pandemic presents a host of new challenges. What was once taken for granted – taking your child to socialize with a friend, taking your child to school, or

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Estate Planning Opportunities with "20/20 Vision": The Impact of the Federal Election on Existing Estate Plans (01/19/2021)

Program Number: 3109 Presenter: Melanie E. Cuddyre, Esq.

This program will discuss the unique estate planning opportunities created as a result of the 2020 Federal election. The 2021 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion is $11.7M per individual (or $23.4M for a married couple). While the exclusion was already set to drop to $5 million, as adjusted for inflation, on January 1, 2026, the recent Federal election creates the possibility that the exclusion will be reduced before that date, and potentially be reduced to a lesser amount. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued regulations confirming that gifts made prior to a reduction in the exclusion will not be “clawed back” into the gross estate for Federal Estate Tax purposes. Lifetime gifting opportunities, including the use of Spousal Limited Access Trusts (SLATs), Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs), Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs), and other techniques allow individuals to take advantage of the current exclusion rate while they are still able. This program discusses

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Lawyer's Ethical Responsibilities in a Rapidly Changing Legislative, Administrative, and Judicial Environment (11/12/2020)

Program Number: 30270 Presenter: Tiffany R. Hubbard, Esq., Hugh F. Murray, III, Esq.

Congress passed the FFCRA early in the COVID-19 pandemic and extremely quickly. Two components of the FFCRA – The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Family Medical Leave Expansion Act – impacted most employers in the United States, providing generous new benefits funded by the federal government and operated through public and private employers. Those two laws interacted with a wide variety of pre-existing state and some federal laws, as well as employer policies and subsequent statutory developments in the CARES Act. The USDOL came out first with guidance, then with emergency regulations, that interpreted the FFCRA laws. Some of these regulations were challenged in court, and in August a court struck several of them down. USDOL then revised and reissued the regulations to address some of the concerns raised by the Court. Lawyers practicing in this area faced a wide variety of challenges, not the least of which was assessing

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Family Business Succession Planning in Nine (Silo-Busting) Steps (11/09/2020)

Program Number: 30267 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Gregory F. Monday, Esq.

Greg and Sharon will talk about how to plan for the succession of family business leadership and ownership in nine logical, sequential steps, but be ready to break down the barriers that sometimes separate business law, tax law, contract law, and estate planning practices. Topics include family business governance structures, recommended contracts for family members and affiliates, retirement planning for senior owners, and special trusts for family businesses interests.

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California Labor and Employment Legislative Update (11/09/2020)

Program Number: 30264 Presenter: Benjamin M. Ebbink, Esq.

California passed a flurry of new labor and employment laws this year – some dealing with COVID-19, but some much broader in scope. These include an expansion of family and medical leave, a new pay data reporting obligation, and new COVID-19 workers’ compensation presumptions and reporting obligations. Most of these laws go into effect on January 1, 2021, but a few are already in effect now. This 60-minute webinar will provide attorneys with an overview and analysis of these new employment laws, presented by a capitol “insider” with two decades of experience in California labor and employment legislation.

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Important Wage and Hour Guidance Within the DOL’s Recent Opinion Letters (10/22/2020)

Program Number: 30245 Presenter: Caroline M. Landt, Esq.

The Department of Labor recently issued a series of Wage and Hour Opinion Letters that covered numerous FLSA regulations offering important interpretations and clarifications that can be used by a broad range of employers. We will identify these key positions in the recent Opinion Letters and how they can be applied to the workforce. Issues covered by the Opinion Letters include: the rules affecting the fluctuating work-week pay method; additional compensation, daily rates and the salary basis test; the highly compensated employee exemption; learned professionals working outside of traditional workforce models; how to determine what is owed when an employee uses their personal vehicle for work; and what qualifies as a retail or service establishment.

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Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Stating DHS's Decision to Rescind Was Arbitrary and Capricious (10/15/2020)

Program Number: 30219 Presenter: Sharon Barney, Esq., Cristina Perez, Esq.

Join Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl’s Immigration Practice Group attorneys, Cristina Perez and Sharon Barney, for an overview of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program. During this CLE, they will discuss the history of DACA, the Supreme Court decision and its impact, and the future of DACA based on recent U.S. government updates and policy changes. The CLE will also discuss potential legal alternatives for DACA recipients.

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The Perils of Prenups: When is a Prenup Harmful, When is it Helpful, and How to Draft a Constructive One (06/26/2020)

Program Number: 30169 Presenter: Chaim Steinberger, Esq.

Prenuptial agreements are becoming more and more popular even as most people recognize that a prenup often hurts the betrotheds’ relationship and can cause the relationship itself to fail. In many instances a prenup accomplishes nothing so there's no reason to incur this risk. Yet in other instances, a prenup might actually be crucial. This presentation will explore the times that a prenup is not necessary and those times when it is; the harms a typical prenup causes; and how to prepare and negotiate one so that it improves, rather than harms, the betrotheds’ relationship.

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Lessons from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath: Copyright Terminations Under Sections 203 and 304 of the Copyright Act (06/03/2020)

Program Number: 30159 Presenter: Raymond Dowd, Esq.

In 1976 and 1998 Congress extended the terms of copyright. Congress intended for authors to receive the full economic benefit of the extended copyright terms by granting authors and their heirs inalienable rights to recapture copyrights. These recaptured copyrights, vesting free of all prior grants, could then be re-licensed on economic terms favorable to authors. To protect authors’ families from disinheritances, late-life lovers or squabbles among over-reaching heirs, Congress preempted state inheritance law and created statutory heirs. Congress’ statutory scheme benefitting authors and their families has been threatened by recent decisions of the Second and Ninth Circuits that have generated a recent cert petition to the Supreme Court in Steinbeck v. Kaffaga over film rights to The Grapes of Wrath. Many copyright termination disputes are now pending. Join Ray Dowd in examining this fascinating case and learn why understanding the issues at stake and the mechanics of copyright terminations is important for

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Key Workplace Considerations as We Enter the New Normal: COVID-19 Implications Today, Tomorrow and Beyond (05/28/2020)

Program Number: 30114 Presenter: Caroline Powell Donelan, Esq., Stephanie Kaplan, Esq., Mara D. Levin, Esq.

This CLE will explore changes/modifications to sick and family leave policies, telecommuting (WFH), compensation, travel policies, office reconfigurations (to account for social distancing) and office furniture (to reduce the spread). In addition, we will explore implementing business continuity plans for second wave, furlough policies, alternating office/WFH shifts, and we will address ADA concerns, evaluating employee performance in the wake of mandated telecommuting.

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