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What Businesses Should Know to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A High Level Review

February 7, 2018 - An overview of the best practices to cultivate a workplace where sexual harassment is not a hidden liability.

Employment Law Round-Up: The Year In Review For 2017

January 19, 2018 - A recap of some of the most significant labor and employment law developments of 2017

Managing Leave Time: Adding New York’s Paid Family Leave Law to the Puzzle

Jacqueline Kelleher will be hosting a number of seminars to help area employers handle upcoming legal developments relating to the Paid Family Leave Law.

A Celebration of Women in Business Oct 27th

Stafford Owens’ Jacqueline Kelleher is presenting at “A Celebration of Women in Business” Boot Camp and Luncheon, on October 27th, 2017.

Part II: Tips to Prepare for PFL

In last month’s article, the basic rules for New York’s new Paid Family Leave law (PFL) were outlined. In this article, some of the considerations for implementing PFL are discussed. With legislation this sweeping, it is impossible to describe all of the repercussions, but some of the most important steps to consider are highlighted below.

In New York State, Paid Family Leave Begins Jan 1st

On January 1, 2018, a new mandatory insurance benefit goes into effect in New York, making all private sector employees eligible for paid time off to care for a family member.


The United States, Canada and Mexico had their first day of negotiations on Wednesday August 13th, 2017.

The U.S. Trade Deficit

The U.S. Department of Commerce and USTR Public Hearing on the U.S. Trade Deficit, had thirty-eight individuals and/or groups selected to speak at the hearing.

Georgia 6th — A Surprise?

There have been four special congressional elections since Mr. Trump was elected president, and Republicans have prevailed in each instance.

Bill Owens Invited to Washington, D.C.

On June 19, 2017, Bill Owens was invited to attend several events in Washington, D.C. with the Premier of Quebec, Mr. Phillipe Couillard. The Quebec National Day celebration was held at the Hall of States in Washington, D.C., attended by several hundred guests of the Province. In other meetings with the Premier, it was apparent that the Premier had an upbeat impression that the renegotiation of NAFTA would be addressed by the Trump Administration, which is good news for all of us.

Local attorney Justin R. Meyer Esq. Selected to the 2017 New York State“Super Lawyer Rising Star” list

Rating service of exceptional lawyers chooses Stafford Owens attorney for their 2017 list

U.S. Canada Trade

Bill Owens attends the CVES Career Fair

Bill Owens attends the CVES Career Fair

Former Congressman Bill Owens attended the Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES) Career Fair on May 18th, 2017 at SUNY Plattsburgh. He spoke with several dozen students along with law enforcement representatives introducing to the students the idea of how they could have a career in law.

Bill Owens: Mr. Trump Drive Your Truck

Almost everyone saw a picture of Mr. Trump in a big rig outside the White House grabbing the wheel in a tight grip, scowling and desperately trying to look like The Tough Guy. This of course was just before the Republican repeal of Obamacare was pulled with a whimper.

Bill Owens: Freedom From Healthcare

The House Freedom caucus demanded reduced premiums and reduced coverage. The result of these demands if accepted by the Republican caucus would be to deliver to Americans freedom from healthcare.

Bill Owens: Looney Tunes

The recent explanations given for the failure of the Republican health care bill….

NAFTA 'saber rattling' Impacts Regional Economy

Early “saber rattling” as the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is resulting in continued local spikes in construction prices and uncertainty in the region’s dairy farming and logging industries.

NEWS: U.S.-Canada Trade

On Friday March 3rd, Former Congressman Bill Owens hosted the first of a series of conference calls to discuss developing events related to U.S./Canada trade in our region.

EVENT: Coming in May, Presented by The North Country Chamber of Commerce

Top concerns for local businesses include the U.S. Canada trade relationship, health care and employment law. Attorneys Bill Owens, U.S. Congressman (Retired), and Jacqueline Kelleher, of the Stafford Owens Law Firm will provide their perspectives on these issues, and other surprises that unfold before May.

NEWS: NY increases minimum salary test, effective December 21, 2016

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) published its own rule increasing the base salary for the executive and administrative exemptions under the New York Labor Law .

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