New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Labor 
Guidance on Use of COVID-19 Sick Leave For Health Care Employers

On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New York State enacted an emergency COVID-19 leave law, providing workers with job protection, sick leave (paid or unpaid, depending on the size of the employer), and access to expanded…

Worker’s Compensation During COVID-19 Crisis

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, employers can expect employee lawsuits based on exposure to the disease within the workplace.  Employers may find themselves subject to lawsuits that seek to hold them liable for COVID-19 related injuries…

CDC Released Guidance on Re-opening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) released a modified version of its previously withheld guidance on re-opening workplaces, schools, restaurants and bars, camps, child care programs, and mass transit…

New Jersey Announces Plan for Restoring Economy and Lifting Stay-At-Home Restrictions

On April 27, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced guidance on lifting the stay-at-home restrictions he implemented on March 21, 2020. Governor Murphy’s The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health (“the Plan”)…

New York’s OPWDD Interim COVID-19 Guidance Regarding Modifications to Care Planning Activities, Community and Day Habilitation and Prevocational Services

On March 7, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York due to the COVID-10 pandemic and temporarily suspended or modified various rules to assist in coping with the disaster.  In order to respond to the crisis,…

New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board Announces Adjustments for COVID-19

On May 1, 2020, the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (“NYCIRB”) announced two adjustments for employers who are paying employees sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a less-expensive rate for Workers’ Compensation…

EEOC Provides Guidance on Returning Vulnerable Employees to the Workplace

On May 5, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued technical guidance addressing accommodations for the return to work of employees with underlying medical conditions, through responses to three frequently asked…

Post-Pandemic Employment Litigation

As the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of lessening and states begin to permit businesses to re-open, employers may face a new wave of coronavirus-related litigation.  This Client Alert details some of the types of litigation employers may see…

New Jersey’s Expansion of Employee Leave Laws

On March 25, 2020 and on April 14, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed legislation amending the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, and the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Law.  These amendments expand…

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Unemployment Letter on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

As discussed in our previous alert, on March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act (the “Act”).  Section 2102 of the Act creates a temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that provides states…

Employer Guidelines to Gradually Re-Open After Stay-At-Home Orders Lifted

In New York, the stay-at-home order is currently set to expire May 15, 2020. As states prepare to lift stay-at-home orders, employers should plan ahead by thinking about what return-to-work protocols will look like for their businesses while…

New York State Shared Work Program

New York State is encouraging employers to consider its Shared Work Program as an alternative to laying off employees. The program allows employers to keep employees during a temporary slowdown by allowing employees to work reduced hours while…

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