Employment & Labor


October 2021 Brings 4 New NY Employment Laws
November 18, 2021 | Kenneth A. Novikoff | Tamika N. Hardy | Employment & Labor | Immigration

In October 2021, New York Governor Hochul signed into law four new pieces of legislation affecting employees and employers in New York State.

First, on October 28, 2021, New York Governor Hochul signed into law new legislation amending New York’s existing Whistleblower Law, NY Labor Law § 740: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-signs-legislation-protecting-employees-retaliation.

These new amendments, which take effect January

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Updated Guidance: COVID-19, ADA, Vaccinations, Religious Exemptions and EEO Laws
November 3, 2021 | Brian S. Conneely | John K. Diviney | Employment & Labor

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 references

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Novikoff’s Employment Law Reporter Published in Employee Relations Law Journal
October 14, 2021 | Employment & Labor

Kenneth Novikoff’s Summer 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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The Employment Law Reporter
October 5, 2021 | Employment & Labor

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

  • A federal court in New York has dismissed a complaint filed by a former employee of the New York City Department of Education alleging employment discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • A federal court in New York has
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NY Law Now Holds GCs Liable for Subcontractors’ Labor Law and Wage Obligations
| Brian S. Conneely | John K. Diviney | Employment & Labor

On September 9, 2021, Governor Hochul signed into law a new wage protection statute which added a new section to the New York Labor Law. Section 198(e) holds construction contractors liable for all claims under Labor Law Section 198 for unpaid wages, benefits and wage supplements of employees of all of their subcontractors. The definitions

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COVID-19 Designated as a Communicable Disease under New York HERO Act
October 1, 2021 | Brian S. Conneely | John K. Diviney | 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 | Brian S. Conneely | John K. Diviney | 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 | Brian S. Conneely | John K. Diviney | 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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