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Lunch & Learn Series: Employment Issues for 2022 – COVID Vaccines and New Laws
January 25, 2022 | Health Services | Employment & Labor

Please join us as we discuss employment laws taking effect in 2022. John Diviney, a partner in the Employment & Labor Practice Group, will present the following topics:

  • COVID and Vaccine Rules/Updates
    • New York’s COVID pay requirements
    • Vaccine mandate/rules
  • Update on New Laws for 2022
    • Paid sick leave
    • Whistleblower law
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Novikoff’s Employment Law Reporter Published in Employee Relations Law Journal
January 19, 2022 | Employment & Labor

Kenneth Novikoff’s Autumn issue of the Employment Law Reporter was published as a column in the Employee Relations Law Journal.

Read the full column here.

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Diviney to Speak on Newsday LIVE on COVID’s Impact on Customer Service
January 11, 2022 | Employment & Labor

From 10 to 10:30 am on Friday, January 14, 2022, John Diviney will participate in the Newsday LIVE discussion, COVID Surge and Customer Service.

The online program, hosted jointly by Newsday and the Long Island Association, will share what employers can do in a time when customer service departments are understaffed due to the pandemic. What

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Employment Law Article One of the Most Popular JD Supra Reads in 2021
December 10, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Brian Conneely and John Diviney wrote one of most widely read articles on the topic of employer liability issues on JD Supra for all of 2021.

The post, “New 2021 Minimum Wages, Minimum Salaries And Enforcement Initiatives,” was the 13th most popular on the content syndicator’s list.

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Hardy Quoted in Article on Testing for Marijuana
October 22, 2021 | Cannabis | Employment & Labor

Tamika Hardy was quoted in the Newsday article, “Employers can no longer test most job seekers for marijuana, NY says.”

New York legalized recreational marijuana earlier this year and now, most employers cannot penalize employees for off-hour marijuana use.

Hardy stated, “With certain exceptions, they can’t test employees for cannabis, either, under recent Department of

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Conneely to Speak at Webinar on Vaccine Mandates in the Workplace
September 28, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Brian Conneely, a Partner in Rivkin Radler’s Employment & Labor Practice Group, will be a speaker at the Newsday webinar, “BUSINESS & COVID-19: Understanding Vaccine Mandates in the Workplace.”

Newsday will host a conversation with legal and medical experts addressing issues including medical and religious exemptions, what accommodations workers may expect as they return to

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35 Rivkin Radler Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America®/ Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2022
August 19, 2021 | Insurance Fraud | Tax | Corporate | Intellectual Property | Insurance Coverage | Health Services | Employment & Labor | Construction | Commercial Litigation | Compliance Investigations & White Collar | Trusts & Estates | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use

The prestigious Best Lawyers in America has again included Rivkin Radler LLP in its U.S. rankings for 2022. For the first time, the firm was recognized in the areas of tax and technology.

One Rivkin attorney, based in Albany, has been named Lawyer of the Year: Richard A. Frankel, for Trusts and Estates.

In addition,

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Conneely Discusses How Healthcare Employers Can Mandate Vaccines
August 3, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Brian Conneely was quoted in the Healthcare Risk Management article, “Healthcare Employers Can Mandate Vaccines, but Some Caution Necessary.”

Despite federal law prohibiting employers from requiring employees to take a vaccine, guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has indicated that healthcare employers can require their employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

Conneely discusses

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Hardy Speaks at Panel on Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act
July 22, 2021 | Cannabis | Employment & Labor

On July 21, 2021, Tamika Hardy spoke at the Employment & NY Marijuana Legalization (MRTA) panel, presented by the Brooklyn branch of the NAACP.

The Brooklyn NAACP’s Justice Reform and Legal Redress Committees discussed the New York legalization of cannabis as it relates to employment.

Hardy discussed what recreational cannabis legalization means in the employment

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Conneely Comments on NY HERO Act in Newsday
June 30, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Brian Conneely was interviewed by Newsday regarding new workplace health and safety requirements set forth in the NY HERO Act, which was created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NY HERO Act signed in May by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will require employers to meet standards published by the NYS Department of Labor (DOL.)

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