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…

New York City Council Proposes a Premium for Essential Workers

,
On April 22, 2020, the New York City Council (the “Council”) introduced legislation that would require large essential businesses to pay premiums, or “hazard pay,” to certain non-salaried essential employees. The bill requires essential…

Federal Emergency Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

,
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions as of April 23, 2020 Effective Date of the FFCRA The paid leave provisions under the FFCRA are effective April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. …

New York State Mandates Face Masks for Essential Businesses

,
On April 13, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all essential businesses or entities to provide their employees with face masks or face wear that must be worn when those employees are in direct contact…

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Provides Additional Guidance to Employers on Complying with Various Disability and Discrimination Laws while Navigating COVID-19

,
On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its Technical Assistance Questions and Answers titled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” which…

OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements For COVID-19 Cases

,
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”) and the implementing federal regulations (29 C.F.R. Part 1904) require employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illness (the “OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements”). …

The U.S. Department of Labor Announces Additional Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the Cares Act

,
On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES” or the “Act”), which provides emergency assistance and health care response for certain individuals, families, and…

Tax Relief for Individuals in Response to the Pandemic

,
All of us at Putney hope that all of our clients and their families are well and safe during this difficult period. We also want you to know that all of us are working remotely and can continue to assist you and your families with any estate…

United States Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Recording Covid-19 Cases Pursuant to OSHA

,
On April 10, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) issued interim enforcement guidance (the “Guidance”) regarding the recording of COVID-19 cases pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OSHA”). The…

National Labor Relations Board Delays Effective Date of its Union Election Process Final Rule Due to COVID-19

,
On April 1, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) finalized a new rule on the union election process, revising its policies concerning blocking charges, voluntary bars, and the process by which unions in the construction…

New York State Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

,
On April 2, 2020, the State of New York passed its budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which included important additions to the State’s paid sick leave laws. As we previously alerted, on March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 virus, New…

Employees May Submit Documentation From Healthcare Providers While Awaiting Orders of Quarantine or Isolation

,
To qualify for paid leave pursuant to the New York Emergency Paid Sick Leave or New York Emergency Paid Family Leave, employees must obtain a mandatory or precautionary order issued by the State of New York, the Department of Health, a local…