Recent COVID-19 Updates
Recently, two important court decisions ruled that a New York City local law known as the Guaranty Law, which rendered unenforceable certain guaranties of commercial lease obligations, was unconstitutional. One month later, the New York Supreme Court declined to follow it.
Conflicting rulings, however, left the issue unsettled and landlords without clear guidance.
In 2020,Read More
The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR), which addresses and prevents housing discrimination in New Jersey, has increased its enforcement measures over the past 18 months. The increase in enforcement coincides with a rise in DCR complaints by both current and prospective tenants alleging violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (the LAD)Read More
Only weeks ago, the Appellate Division, Second Department issued its McLaughlin decision reaffirming Brash – another Second Department decision which we wrote about on August 4, 2021. As we discussed in our blurb, Brash was significant. Therein, the Second Department held that Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders during the COVID-19 pandemic “tolled,” rather than “suspended,” NewRead More
Matthew Spero presented a successful webinar, hosted by Turning Point HCM, entitled Bear Markets, EIDL, & COVID: How Your Business Can Deal With Defaults and Bankruptcies In a Post-Pandemic World.
Offered on September 8, September 26 and October 19, the webinar covered:
- Ways to protect your business while navigating the fallout from COVID, rising
The range of issues covered in this column over the years would not be complete if I did not discuss COVID-related insurance claims. When addressing these claims, courts throughout the country have been true to policy language. Courts have enforced policy terms tying coverage to “direct physical damage” and upheld insurers’ denials.
A good contextRead More
On December 15, New York City issued clarifications to its prior vaccine mandate and those clarifications can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-workplace-requirement.page.
As we advised in our prior bulletin, the New York City Commissioner of Health previously ordered that, commencing December 27, 2021, workers must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine toRead More
The New York City Council just passed a new COVID vaccination bill requiring paid leave for parents per child per injection. Additionally, businesses and employees in New York City are subject to new vaccine mandates effective December 27, 2021, based on a recent announcement by outgoing Mayor de Blasio.
The new bill requires New YorkRead More
Greg Miller offered his prediction for the 2022 workplace in the December issue of Commerce Magazine.
The magazine interviewed New Jersey’s top business leaders for their insights.
Miller stated, “The pandemic required law firms, like many other businesses, to quickly adapt to remote models to ensure continuity of client services. Having navigated those immediate challenges,Read More
2020 changed the way family celebrated the holidays. This was especially true for families with loved ones in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). However, the 2021 holidays look like they will be brighter and visiting loved ones in SNFs will be easier thanks to new federal and state guidance.
On November 12, 2021, the Centers forRead More
On October 25, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new guidance and questions and answers regarding COVID-19 issues confronting employers and employees. The EEOC’s Technical Assistance is entitled “What You Should Know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws.” This Technical Assistance also provides links and referencesRead More
On September 6, 2021, New York Governor Hochul announced that the New York Commissioner of Health had designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to public health under the New York HERO Act (the “HERO Act”). This new designation requires all New York employers to implement workplaceRead More
Marc Ullman was interviewed for the Nutraingredients-USA article, “Synthetic glycans developer issued warning over failure to file IND in COVID-19 trials.”
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Kaleido for the way they set up trials for its synthetic glycans product. The FDA’s position was that the trials were attempting toRead More
Erez Glambosky, Jeremy Honig, Mark Antar and Matt Meisel won reargument and summary judgment against a guarantor of a commercial lease, successfully persuading the Brooklyn Supreme Court to reverse itself, acknowledge its prior error in interpreting a new COVID-related provision of the NYC Administrative Code, and agree with Rivkin Radler’s interpretation of the law.
In April 2020, in an article entitled, “Coronavirus and Statutes of Limitations in New York: A Lingering Effect?”, we discussed Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8, issued in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. We opined that, based on its language, it served to “toll,” rather than “suspend,” New York’s limitation periods.
On June 2,Read More
The Delta variant, which increased COVID cases and hospitalizations, also prompted new federal and local COVID rules and mandates, and required employers to revisit their existing COVID policies.
OSHA announced a new COVID Emergency Standard for health care employers to take effect in July 2021. This new Emergency Standard requires health care employers to addressRead More