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The Boyd Law Group, PLLC is happy to announce that Patrick J. Boyd was named as an “Avvo Top-Rated Lawyer” in 2018. Thank you to all of our clients who submitted reviews which made this award possible.
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The Supreme Court, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466, recently overturned a Supreme Court precedent --which stood for four (4) decades--that required even non-union members of public sector unions to pay union dues. The 5-to-4 decision followed party lines.
Simply put, the case involved an Illinois public sector employee who argued that, as a non-union member, he should not be forced to financially support the political expenditures of his union which were derived in part from his required union dues. Janus argued that the mandatory dues violated his rights under the First Amendment in that they could be used to support issues or candidates inconsistent with his political beliefs. Precedent from 1977 stood for the proposition that, because dues went to pay for the costs incurred in negotiating union contracts (not just political contributions), it was unfair to permit workers to be “free riders” –that is to refuse to pay dues yet benefit from the improved contractual rights achieved for them and all members through union negotiations.
This decision is another interesting, and arguably historic, turn of events in labor law and may have major repercussions for unions, the public sector workplace and even the First Amendment as a whole. Whatever your political affiliation, you are encouraged to take a few moments to read the decision or the New York Times article linked here in order to remain engaged. Important developments like this are happening all the time and we are closely following them at BLG–join us in doing so!
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/us/politics/supreme-court-unions-organized-labor.html
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The Boyd Law Group, PLLC just filed race discrimination and retaliation complaints with the New York City Human Rights Commission against a Salon that serves celebrities. An article referencing the filing was picked up by the NY Post today online and will run in the paper tomorrow.
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The Boyd Law Group, PLLC is happy to announce that Patrick J. Boyd was named one of the 2018 “New York Leaders In The Law” and featured in New York magazine. This special section of the New York magazine highlights the achievements of the tri-state area’s exceptional practitioners.

https://leadersinthelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NY_Master_2018-web.pdf
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The Boyd Law Group, PLLC is happy to announce that Patrick J. Boyd was named one of the 2018 “New York Leaders In The Law” and featured in New York magazine. This special section of the New York magazine highlights the achievements of the tri-state area’s exceptional practitioners.

https://leadersinthelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/NY_Master_2018-web.pdf
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BLG attorney Stephen Bourtin was once again quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune on May 17th, 2018. Bourtin weighed in on an attorney's privacy rights in pursuing her federal court litigation over a visual impairment.
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BLG attorney Stephen Bourtin was quoted by the Connecticut Law Tribune on May 7th, 2018. Bourtin gave his thoughts on an FMLA retaliation lawsuit. Nice going Steve!

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The Boyd Law Group, PLLC attorney William Li participated in REHAL V. WEINSTEIN AND THE NEW YORK CITY HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, a panel discussion at the St. John’s University Manhattan Campus on Friday, April 27th, 2018. A small group of attorneys made up the panel led by David Marshall, Director of St. John’s University Center for Labor & Employment Law. The Boyd Law Group, PLLC was honored to be a part of this event and William Li’s thoughtful contributions were greatly appreciated by coordinators and attendees.
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The Boyd Law Group, PLLC recently secured a nice win in The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Steve Bourtin, head of BLG’s Stamford, Connecticut office, successfully defended a Defendant’s motion to dismiss in the United States District Court, District of Connecticut. On January 29th, 2018, the Honorable Michael P. Shea upheld the Plaintiff’s Title VII retaliation claim for opposing sexual harassment of a coworker and his claim for workplace free speech retaliation under the Connecticut Constitution and Conn. Gen. Stat. 31-51q.
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This is a newly structured workplace economy for many. Patrick J. Boyd was quoted in a publication just yesterday, October 26, 2017, discussing the benefits and drawbacks of being a freelance worker. See the article "Is Freelance or Regular Pay Better?" by clicking the link here. https://www.creators.com/read/at-work-lindsey-novak
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