Increased Construction Safety Requirements in NYC: Win for Unions or Win for Everyone?

By Max Terhar On October 16, 2017, the New York City Council unanimously passed a municipal regulation, Intro 1447, requiring construction workers to have between forty and fifty-five hours of safety training within the previous five years.[1]  While the regulation sets the total hour requirement, a fourteen-person task force, appointed by Mayor de Blasio, will […]

The Fight to Preserve Class Action Suits for Employees

By Maximilian Raileanu Amidst the vast array of policy changes that have occurred during the first ten months of the Trump administration, one in particular has drawn the attention of the nation and the Supreme Court of the United States.[1]  On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court consolidated two cases and granted a writ of […]

Elect to Regulate: Regulating Social Media Companies in The Wake of An Election Advertising Crisis

By Genevieve Bresnahan In the wake of Facebook’s admission that at least 3,000 advertisements at an estimated cost of $150,000 had been placed by a Russian agency during the 2016 presidential election, social media companies now face increased scrutiny over how ads are placed and whether the federal government should more tightly regulate that process.[1] […]

Is Silicon Valley’s “Open Internet” Ideology Contributing to Sex Trafficking?

By Marielena Reyes After two years of investigating a website called backpage.com, the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee found that Backpage.com knowingly facilitated sex trafficking.[1]  The response seems easy to predict right? Any reasonable person would conclude that a website assisting in the sexual enslavement of men or women should be shut down and prosecuted to […]

AT&T Time Warner Deal, Bigger and Better?

By Christian Rojas AT&T’s proffer to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 billion seems to be a done deal by the end of this year.[1] The U.S Department of Justice “DOJ” is currently in the final stages of review of the transaction [2] and is expected to approve the acquisition, as the companies do not directly […]

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Age Discrimination in Social Media Giants

By Marsha Richard Age matters more than anticipated in the technology world.[1]  Large social media companies like Facebook prefer younger employees who can be molded and have a better understanding of technology.[2]  While this common practice is rarely expressed outright out of fear of age discrimination, it remains a truth in Silicon Valley.[3] Gary Glouner […]

The New Kid on the Block: The Emergence of Initial Coin Offerings

Image found on https://bitcoin.org/img/icons/opengraph.png.[1]  By: India McGee Virtual currencies have been used in unimaginable ways since their emergence. A virtual currency is a digital currency which can be used to substitute tangible cash. Presently, virtual currencies are not issued by financial institutions or recognized by the American government, but have become legitimized through popularity and […]

Islamic Finance is Gaining Momentum

By: Patrick Shaffer Islamic finance is establishing itself as a viable alternative financing option for businesses. Islamic finance is unique from more mainstream methods of finance in that it conforms to principles of Islamic law including the prohibition on interest, mandatory material backing of assets, and returns being proportional to risks.[1] The prohibition on interest […]