Monday, April 30, 2018

Renewing An Expired Real Estate License in New York

A licensee (salesperson or broker) can renew their license anytime within two years of the expiration date. Of course they cannot use the license once it is expired, but they do have two years to renew it before any penalties are imposed.

If the license is expired and has not been expired for over two years, they can renew the license online as long as there is a broker of record in place and they have completed the required continuing education. If they were terminated/cancelled by their previous broker, a broker must pick them up using the brokers eAccess account before they can submit an online renewal.   

If the license has been expired for over two years, the record becomes null and void. At this point the licensee must retake and pass the NY licensing examination and can then reapply for a license. No continuing education is required to reapply as they are starting over. No qualifying education is required as long as they have a record in the Department of State system or can prove that they were previously issued a license.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sexual Harassment Protections Extended to Independent Contractors in New York State

As of April 12, 2018, companies in the State of New York are now exposed to liability for harassment of independent contractors in the workplace.  The text of the new law can be found here. The New York State Human Rights Law previously only protected employees from sexual harassment.  While the statute does not specify whether companies can be held liable for acts of their independent contractors who sexually harass other independent contractors, the statute does state that when determining whether a company is liable for the acts of the harasser, the “extent of the employer’s control and any other legal responsibility which the employer may have with respect to the conduct of the harasser” should be considered.  This language appears to imply that companies such as real estate brokerages which subject independent contractors to substantial supervision (as required by 19 NYCRR §175.21(a) and Real Property Law §441(1)(d )), would be exposed to liability for all acts of harassment committed by their independent contractors.  It is thus imperative that brokerage firms immediately implement sexual harassment policies and trainings for their independent contractors in addition to their employees to mitigate potential exposure.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Lieb at Law Welcomes Mordy Yankovich

Lieb at Law, P.C. is thrilled to announce Mordy Yankovich has joined the litigation team. Mordy's practice focuses on corporate, real estate and employment litigation and compliance. Mr. Yankovich represents companies in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. He prides himself on advocating zealously for his clients while providing constructive and honest counsel to achieve the best possible result.

In addition to litigating matters, Mr. Yankovich advises clients on compliance with federal, state and local laws and conducts trainings for employers, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment trainings, to minimize clients’ potential exposure. Prior to working at Lieb at Law, P.C., Mr. Yankovich was a litigation associate with Jackson Lewis, P.C., a national law firm focusing on labor and employment law.

Mr. Yankovich is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. He received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law where he was an articles editor of the Labor and Employment Law Journal and a member of the Dean’s List. Prior to law school, Mr. Yankovich graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in Economics.

When not advocating on behalf of his clients, Mr. Yankovich enjoys playing golf and tennis, creative writing, following the stock market, and spending quality time with his wife and 2 children.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 is All About Real Estate Law | Special Real Estate Issue From The Suffolk Lawyer

Andrew Lieb Esq, put together a special real estate section of the Suffolk Lawyer's April 2018 addition. Included in the section are the following articles:

  • Considerations When Planning a Real Estate Investment Business by Sabie Franco
  • The Effect of a Discontinuance on the Mortgage Foreclosure Statute of Limitations Period by Christopher Gorman and James Wighaus
  • Condo and Co-op Boards Beware - Discrimination in Housing by Dennis Valet
  • Don't Slip Up Handling a Slip and Fall Deposition by Kenneth Landau

These articles are designed to ground educate and inspire us. They are the foundation of what is today because without learning about today, we cannot be prepared to leverage tomorrow.

To read the full section, click here. 

Condo and Co-op Boards Beware - Discrimination in Housing

Condominiums and cooperatives, especially high-end associations, are infamous for their lengthy, comprehensive, and often draconian purchase applications, by-laws, and house rules. In their quest to ensure that prospective new purchasers will be the proverbial “good neighbor” it is easy for a board of managers to inadvertently take discriminatory actions that expose the board to liability. This article examines some common issues a board of managers should consider when hiring an attorney to craft or review purchase applications, by-laws, and house rules that ensure compliance with ever-changing local, state, and federal discrimination laws.

To read the full article by Dennis Valet, Esq, click here. 

Monday, April 09, 2018

CLE Materials - The Top Real Estate Laws of 2017

Available here are all cases, statutes, and other supporting materials for the CLE, The Top Real Estate Laws of 2017, sponsored by First American Title, presented on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the The Omni Building.

Click HERE for downloadable materials.