Employment & Labor


Gorfinkel Argues Successful Appeal in Employee Misconduct Case
April 1, 2022 | Employment & Labor | Appeals

On March 30, 2022, the Second Department affirmed the right of a public library to discipline an employee for dishonesty and malfeasance.

The story spans almost 6 years. In 2016, a public library in a Westchester County town terminated its library director on account of multiple charges of misconduct. The director brought an

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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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Heptig Shares Perspective on Secure Choice Savings Program
December 29, 2021 | Corporate | Employment & Labor

Newsday spoke with Kate Heptig for the article, “State program aims to bring small-firm workers into retirement plans.” According to the article, New York will begin to enforce legislation passed in 2018 requiring employers with 10 or more employees to offer a voluntary retirement savings program.

Kate commented that while the legislation requires employees to

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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 | Tax | Corporate | Intellectual Property | Insurance Fraud | 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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