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COVID-19 Designated as a Communicable Disease under New York HERO Act
October 1, 2021 | Employment & Labor

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 workplace

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Delta Variant Prompts Mandatory Vaccinations and Mask Requirements
August 3, 2021 | Employment & Labor

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 address

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New York DOL Issues Airborne Infectious Diseases Model and Standards for Worksites
July 20, 2021 | Employment & Labor

The New York Department of Labor finally issued Model Safety Plans and Standards for airborne infectious diseases. All employers, regardless of size and with a worksite in New York, must adopt a safety plan by August 5, 2021, and must post, distribute and include the plan in their handbooks to all employees and new hires

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The Employment Law Reporter
June 23, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Here is what we cover in this issue of The Employment Law Reporter:

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a district court’s decision to dismiss a plaintiff’s First Amendment retaliation claim against his employer, but ruled that the district court should consider the plaintiff’s employment discrimination claim.
  • The U.S.
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The Employment Law Reporter
April 27, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Here is what we cover in this issue of The Employment Law Reporter:

  • A federal court in New York has dismissed an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee of the City University of New York.
  • Another federal court in New York has rejected a plaintiff’s lawsuit for “sexual disparity,” which the court
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Recreational Cannabis Statutes’ Impact on NY and NJ Employers
April 21, 2021 | Employment & Labor | Cannabis

New York and New Jersey recently legalized recreational marijuana within less than 6 weeks of each other. While both acts prohibit employers from taking action against employees at least 21 years old who use marijuana recreationally and restrict employers from denying these employees’ employment rights and privileges based solely on marijuana use, it begs the

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New 2021 Covid-19 Paid Leave and Tax Credits
March 18, 2021 | Employment & Labor

In the past week, there have been several overlapping laws enacted regarding COVID-19. On March 12, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation which mandates that all New York employers provide paid leave of up to four hours per injection for employees who receive a Covid-19 vaccination.  Also, on March 11, 2021, President Biden signed

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New 2021 Minimum Wages, Minimum Salaries and Enforcement Initiatives
March 5, 2021 | Employment & Labor

The Biden Administration’s efforts to increase the current federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour have been delayed, but in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and other states and municipalities, most employers in 2021 are already subject to new minimum hourly wage rates and minimum salaries for exempt employees well

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The Employment Law Reporter
February 4, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Here is what we cover in this issue of The Employment Law Reporter:

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of an employment discrimination lawsuit.
  • A mediation agreement that resolved a plaintiff’s employment discrimination claims was enforceable, according to a federal district court in New York.
  • A university
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DOL Finalizes Regulations Regarding Worker Classifications
January 7, 2021 | Employment & Labor

On January 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new framework to determine whether workers are employees or independent contractors for the purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The distinction between these classifications is significant, as it impacts whether the employer must pay minimum wage or keep records pertaining to the

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