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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel Issues Memorandum Regarding an Employer’s Duty to Bargain in Emergencies

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On March 27, 2020, in light of the many issues employers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Labor Relations Board’s (the “Board”) General Counsel, Peter B. Robb, issued Memorandum GC 20-04 ( the “Memorandum”) on…

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act - "Cares" Act

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On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES” or the “Act”) providing financial resources for individuals, families and small businesses affected by COVID-19,…

U.S. Department of Labor Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was signed into law, requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave for eligible employees affected by the Coronavirus of COVID-19. See…

Treasury, IRS and Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses

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In our previous alert on Responding to the Coronavirus – Paid Sick Leave, we advised that on March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), requiring employers to provide paid…

New York Reduction of Workforce and “Pause” Order Due to Covid-19

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On March 19, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.7 mandating that all non-essential businesses reduce their in-person workforce by 75% by March 21, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in New York, on…

Executive Order 202.6 – Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency

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In further response to the Coronavirus or COVID-19, on March 18, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.6, mandating that all non-essential businesses reduce their in-person workforce by 50% by March 20, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. On…

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