This office works with individuals
and organizations throughout the biomass industry in order to form partnerships
and work towards the development of advanced biofuel technologies. The
organization believes that the advancement of the bioenergy industry is
instrumental in helping the United States advance in sustainable, renewable
BLM plays a key role in the implementation of the Energy Policy
Act. BLM has jurisdiction over alternative energy projects under the Energy
Policy Act. This website provides a comprehensive list of all relevant
documents and actions.
http://www.labor.state.ny.us OR http://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-flsa.htm OR http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/index.html
also has several on-going funding and grant opportunities for workforce training,
which is available on the first website listed. The second link provides
information on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance requirements and
exemptions. The final link is for Compliance Assistance and Outreach, which
provides resources to help with understanding and complying with Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
a thorough overview of the Disability Benefits Law requirements. Includes
information on how to comply with the law, who is and is not covered, and what
the benefits entail. This site is helpful for answering any questions relevant
to the law and its application.
ERISA sets the federal standards for health
plans in private industries. This site provides important information, specific
requirements, and assistance contacts.
This code lists all requirements for the construction and/or
installation of energy-efficient building projects.
regulates laws prohibiting discrimination of employees based upon race, color,
religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older),
disability, and genetic information. The second site provides employers with up
to date information including requirements, policy guidance, compliance manual,
and enforcement guidance.
website offers advisory tools for employers and employees to understand their
respective rights and responsibilities according to FMLA, including entitlement
requirements, benefits, and general guidance.
FAA provides a
comprehensive list of all regulations and policies regarding aircrafts and
airports. The list includes links to all environmental policies and relevant
is an independent agency that regulates all interstate transmission of
electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also regulates and licenses energy
projects under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The first link is to general
overview information, while the second contains links to all FERC reliability
standards, filing standards, and enforcement actions.
FWS issues a
wide variety of permits for public wildlife-related activities. These links
connect to general permit information, guidance on how to obtain permits, and
overviews of all related policies, laws, and regulations.
This link is to the PDF version of the
Compliance Assistance Guide, a booklet which provides all information
pertaining rules and regulations under The Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), The Mental Health Parity and Addiction
Equity Act (MHPAEA), the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA), The Newborns’ and
Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996 (the Newborns’ Act), The Women’s Health
and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA), and The Genetic Information
Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). All rules apply generally to group health
plans and group health insurance issuers.
page list helpful tips for employers as to how to protect themselves and their
employees when purchasing health insurance. This memo was put out by the United
States DOL in response to an increase in health insurance plan fraud schemes.
NAICS is the classification system
that all federal statistical agencies use. This link is to the NAICS main
website, which contains information on specific codes for businesses, federal
register notices, and a FAQ to answer common questions.
NY Biomass Energy Alliance is a coalition of businesses, individuals, and organizations who
promote the development and implementation of all forms of biomass energy.
Their focus is on education, job creation, and long-term sustainability.
enforcement of all local governments in matters pertaining to building
construction, fire prevention, and energy conservation. This link is to the
main page of the website, which contains a wide variety of helpful information
for business and individuals.
is a not-for-profit organization based out of the capital region, which manages
and oversees energy grids, markets, planning, and technology. This site provides
information on large-scale development and the regulatory authority of NYISO.
Here is a link
to the NY Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment control, also
known as the Blue Book, in PDF link format. This booklet contains standards and
specifications for erosion and sediment control measures commonly used on
This is a link to a comprehensive list of all
NY state agencies, listed alphabetically.
York State Association of Counties:
www.nysac.org OR http://www.nysac.org/Publications/County_Directory.php
NYSAC is an advocacy group that represents,
educates, and advocates for representatives across NY State. The second link is
to the Annual County Directory.
York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
The Department of Environmental
Conservation’s mission is to conserve and protect NY’s natural resources and
environment. They offer a variety of grant opportunities, with information
about each listed on their website.
New York State Department of Labor
General Unemployment Information:
Visit the NYS Dept of Labor website link for
any and all information regarding unemployment. There are links for both employers
and claimants, as well as separate overviews of current unemployment insurances
laws, and all codes, rules, and regulations.
York State Directory of City and Village Officials:
NYCOM is an organization that offers
general support to local officials with the aim of improving upon and
facilitating local government. The site provides all resources relevant to
local municipalities, including a bookstore, information on grant opportunities,
and a news bulletin.
York State Directory of Small Business:
This PDF provides numerous links to resources related to small business. The
site includes information regarding regulation on compliance with New York
State Human Rights Law.
New York State Directory of Town
The Association of Towns in the State of New
York is an organization founded to help towns and villages in NY State to run
efficiently and to prosper economically. They provide as well a complete and
current directory of all town officials.
NY State Environmental Conservation Law:
website provides links to NY State Environmental Conservation Laws as well as
relevant codes, rules, and regulations.
York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA):
guidelines can be found in this helpful PDF, which contains a summary of the
law, definition guide, and applicability information.
New York State Forms:
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance provides this webpage for
easy access to the most common tax related forms and instruction.
New York State Office of Attorney
General, Investor Protection Bureau (NYS Securities Law):
link will take you to the AG’s website subsection on The Investor Protection
Bureau. On the left hand tab you can find links to all the resources that they
provide, including FAQ’s and relevant legal documents.
New York State Procurement Council
As established under State Finance Law, this
council is responsible for study, analysis and development of recommendations
for state policy and practices regarding procurement. They also issue
guidelines, all of which can be found on this site. There is a link
specifically to all applicable legal requirements that may be useful.
New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code:
This link will
take you to the NY State Fire Prevention and Building Code, enforcement
requirements, and information regarding permits.
New York State Workers’ Compensation
Board Coverage Requirements:
This website provides all necessary
information for employers to understand and comply with the laws regarding
worker’s compensation in NY State, including specific information relating to
not-for-profits as well as posting requirements.
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) State Plans, VPPs, Consultation Programs, Inspections:
This link will take you to an interactive map
that will connect you with regional offices across the nation.
Office of General Services (OGS):
This is a general information site, as well
as links for centralized contracts and bidding opportunities (see tabs at the
top of page).
are several useful links to NY State municipal ordinance codes, including an
interactive map and other useful sources.
Protected Properties are
found in the National Register:
is a complete listing (searchable database) of all Historic places on the
National Register, compiled by the National Park Service of the United States
Dept of Interior.
contact info is located at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/regional_serv.html
The Department of State Division of Code Enforcement
and Administration provides all procedures for variances and appeals to the New
York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code). All such
complaints go before the Board of Reviews, which are provided through a link at
the bottom of this page.
Rules and Regulations in NY State:
is a general list of links to a variety of rules and regulations that affect NY
The SEC is a commission to protect investors
and maintain functioning markets. Here is a link to their website, which
provides a tab on the top to all relevant rules and regulations.
is the federal government’s primary resource for small businesses. All material
is available at their website, including local assistance information.
program provides technical assistance to NY small business owners to help them
comply with all state and federal air regulations, including a toll free
assistance help line.
site provides all current guidelines relevant to trademarks in NY State,
including links to applications and instructions on how to register.
is a link to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services main page. The website is organized into categories for
permanent and nonimmigrant aliens.
FirstStep Employment Law Advisor:
The FirstStep Employment Law Advisor was created to help employers
sort through the complex labor regulation promulgated by the Department of
Labor. Firststep also gives basic
information about how to comply with labor laws.
Wage and Hour Division:
http://www.dol.gov/whd/ OR http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/
This website supplies workers and employers
up to date information on all labor and wage law requirements. It lists links
to all related websites and also provides an interactive map to local WHD
offices. The second link offers an overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act
(FMLA) eligibility requirements, guidance and a variety of related links.
Important Information for Employers
Operating in New York State:
Here is a PDF that was put together by the NY
State Worker’s Compensation Board. It provides comprehensive guidelines on
insurance requirements, purchasing information, coverage requirements, and