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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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”). …

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