President Trump Signs Four Executive Orders Providing Coronavirus Relief

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On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed four Executive Orders, after negotiations with Congress on a new Coronavirus relief package collapsed.  The Executive Orders provide for (1) a $400 weekly enhanced unemployment benefit; (2) a payroll…

New York Federal Court Strikes Down Certain Restrictions on Federal Coronavirus Leave

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On March 18, 2020, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was signed into law, requiring certain employers to provide federally subsidized paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave to employees who are unable…

United States Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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On Thursday, July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidelines concerning the return-to-work provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “the Act”). Since going into effect on April 2, 2020, the…

New York City Health Department Updates Guidance for Health Care Personnel on Personal Protective Equipment and Work Restrictions Following Exposure to Covid-19

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On June 25, 2020, the New York City Health Department updated its guidance on personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for health care personnel (“HCP”) and N95 respirators, in line with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control…

New York Issues Guidance Through FAQ on Travel Advisory

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On June 24, 2020, New York State issued a travel advisory requiring that anyone returning from a travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for a period of 14 days, consistent with the…

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

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On May 17, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) and New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) jointly issued guidance on the use of New York’s COVID-19 sick leave for health care employers of health care employees,…

Healthcare Worker Exemption to New York’s Covid-19 Travel Advisory

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According to the Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York (the “Guidance”) issued by the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) on June 24, 2020, healthcare workers, and other essential workers,…

The New York Covid-19 Travel Advisory

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On June 24, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo, in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont, issued Executive Order No. 205 mandating quarantine restrictions on certain travelers arriving in New York State (the…

The New York Covid-19 Travel Advisory

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On June 24, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo, in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont, issued Executive Order No. 205 mandating quarantine restrictions on certain travelers arriving in New York State (the…

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Issues Guidance on Returning to Work

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On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued guidance to assist employers and workers in safely returning to work and reopening businesses deemed “non-essential”…

State Of New York Extends Protection For Healthcare Whistleblowers

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On June 17, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.8397-A, which amends Section 741 of the New York Labor Law and creates a new definition of “improper quality of workplace safety.” Section 741 protects employees who blow…

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Guidance on Antibody Testing in the Workplace

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On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance on disability-related inquiries and medical exams. In response to Interim Guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) stating…