August 25–26, 2018: the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival in Nassau County on Long Island
This year, Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP takes pride in being the lead sponsor of the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival. Our attorneys and staff are very committed to serving the people where we work and live, and we strongly believe in the principle of giving back to our communities.
For more than three decades, our attorneys have had a prominent standing throughout the New York City area, and we have offices in Garden City, Flushing, Brooklyn and Queens. It has been our pleasure to assist numerous clients and their families. We primarily focus our practice on personal injury law, which involves helping individuals who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence recover compensation for pain and suffering, disability income and other related damages.
What is the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival?
SUMAQ is a word that translates as “delicious,” and it is from the language of Quechua, spoken by indigenous peoples of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.
The Peruvian Food Festival is being held both indoors and outside the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on August 25 and 26, and is New York's largest outdoor Peruvian food festival. Through a variety of activities, the festival celebrates Peruvian cuisine and culture. Renowned Peruvian chefs will be preparing their gourmet dishes. Their experience is extensive and they boast impressive accomplishments such as being winners on the Food Network Channel show Chopped, learning culinary skills under top Peruvian chefs in world class restaurants and refining their regional dishes to high levels of mastery.
In addition to the delicious Peruvian cuisine, artisans and crafters will display their artwork, and you can see traditional dancing and colorful costumes worn in Peru.
Come and enjoy the celebration!
Can Injured workers and families who have lost their loved ones pursue lawsuits?
By December of 2017, a construction site at 61 Ninth Avenue in Chelsea had been repeatedly cited for construction code violations.
On December 18, a 54 year-old construction worker was standing on the sidewalk when an anchoring bracket came loose. Scaffolding from 10 stories above him plummeted to the ground, striking him on the head. The worker’s body lay sprawled on the ground. He was unconscious, suffering from a debilitating head trauma. Paramedics rushed the worker to the hospital, but he died an hour later.
Worst of all, the accident was completely preventable. The New York Daily News reported that for seven months, since May 2017, inspectors had visited the work site and cited the general contractor for multiple violations, many of which dealt with scaffold issues.
What recourse do families have under New York law for fatal construction accidents caused by falling objects?
New York Labor Law 240, also referred to as the “Scaffold Law,” offers legal protection to construction workers who suffer injury and families who lose loved ones in height-related accidents. The general contractor and property owner are strictly liable and can be held accountable for injuries that occur due to unsafe work conditions. This not only applies to workers who fall from heights, but also for workers who suffer injury from falling objects and debris when working under a scaffold, ladder or roof.
Failure to tie down materials, replace worn out parts, failure to install guardrails or to ensure workers have hard hats or other safety equipment when involved with work done at heights are in violation of Labor Law 240.
Compensation can help offset financial burdens
Construction workers take risks daily at construction sites. Their families trust they will come home safely, but when the worst happens, the shock and loss can be overwhelming. Even so, there is no need to suffer economic hardship. You can recover compensation for medical costs, future lost income and other related expenses.
At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLPhttps://sacksteinlaw.com, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss construction site injuries and death, and the prospects of taking legal action.
Are Your Security and Surveillance Policies Violating Privacy Laws?
Companies have the right to protect against internal theft or property destruction. They also have a responsibility to evaluate productivity and ensure their resources are used efficiently and effectively. If a company faces litigation, gathering evidence becomes a priority. As a means of gathering information, companies often use surveillance systems, whether gathering information related to production, theft, property damage, or for litigation purposes.
Types of Surveillance
Installing cameras for video surveillance is one approach to surveillance. Putting GPS tracking on company vehicles is another form. Monitoring software is also available to install in company computers and cell phones.
What Types of Legal Precautions Should You Take?
According to Business News Daily, employers should post signage, which states that the premises are monitored by security cameras.
For computer monitoring, when the employee uses a company device, there are virtually no ramifications for installing monitoring software to monitor what employees are doing at work. Employers have the right to know whether the employee is working on tasks related to the job and what tasks are getting done. It is better for employers to require that employees use the business’s computers because they would not have the same right to install monitoring software on a device the employee owns.
Where employers can run into trouble is when they acquire too much information of a private nature. Finding out an employee’s medical information would violate HIPPA or could lead to a lawsuit that claimed violation of the Genetic Information Act.
Spying on employees who are exercising their right to discuss unionizing, collective bargaining, wages or work conditions is an unfair labor practice and should not be done.
GPS tracking on company vehicles is legal because the vehicle is company property and employers have the right to know where their property is. However, GPS tracking on laptops and phones may cross a legal line by gathering information about employees’ activities when they are not working, which violates their privacy rights.
It is wise to consult with an employment lawyer to make sure that your surveillance policies do not put your business at risk.
Stephen Hans & Associates http://hansassociates.com/ provides extensive legal experience to business owners regarding employment related issues.