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Amended NYC Earned Safe and Sick Leave Act Effective September 30, 2020

The New York City Earned Sick and Safe Time Act (ESSTA) was amended by Senate Bill S7506B.  Some of the amendments essentially mirror the new New York State Sick Leave law (NYSSL).  The amendments were signed into law on September 28, 2020 and took effect […]

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New York State’s Paid Sick Leave Law Effective September 30, 2020

New York State’s new sick leave law (NYSSLL) goes into effect tomorrow, September 30, 2020.  Employers must allow employees to start accruing sick leave tomorrow or must advance the total required amount of sick leave as of January 1, 2021.  Employees may begin to use […]

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Additional EEOC Guidance on COVID-19’s Impact on Workplace Discrimination Laws

On September 8, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its technical assistance document, which includes Q&As on COVID-19 and its impact on federal discrimination laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The EEOC added 18 Q&As in this document by incorporating […]

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DOL Revises its FFCRA Regulations After Court Ruling

Last month, a New York federal court (the “Court”) struck down parts of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) regulations (“Rule”) on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  In response, the DOL revised portions of its Rule on September 11, 2020.  The DOL stated […]

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NYS Federal District Court Invalidates DOL’s New Joint Employment Standard

On September 8, 2020, a New York federal district judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) newly created standard for joint employer liability was illegal. At the beginning of this year, the DOL issued a new rule (“Final Rule”) for determining joint employment, […]

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Another Pandemic Peril: Remote Learning and the Misclassification of Independent Contractors

Schools in New York and New Jersey will be reopening this week or within the next few weeks for the fall semester, whether providing in-school instruction, only remote instruction, or a hybrid of remote and in-school instruction.  Working parents who choose the all-remote or hybrid […]

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NY Federal Court Strikes Down Portions of DOL’s Regulations On FFCRA

On August 3, 2020, a New York federal court (“Court”) vacated portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) regulations (“Final Rule”) with respect to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The State of New York, which brought the lawsuit, argued that the Final […]

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Providing Clear Masks for Workers to Prevent Disability Discrimination Lawsuits

Making sure your employees are geared up with masks at work may not be enough.  This is the message that employers should take away from the proposed class action that a store customer brought against Nike in California state court, on behalf of herself and […]

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The DOL Weighs in on the Outside Sales Employee Exemption in Latest Opinion Letters

On June 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released opinion letters regarding exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Two of the letters specifically address the outside sales employee exemption. The FLSA provisions on minimum wage and overtime laws are […]

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Supreme Court Allows Religious Schools to Hire and Fire Certain Teachers Without Adherence to Anti-Discrimination Laws

In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that anti-discrimination laws do not apply to the employment relationship between religious schools and teachers whose job responsibilities include religious instruction and training. The decision consolidates two cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and […]

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Voluntary Travel to High-Risk States by NYS Employees Takes Away Their COVID-19 State Sick Leave Benefits

New York employees who voluntarily travel to certain high-risk states after June 25, 2020 will be ineligible for emergency paid sick leave offered under NYS law.  This will not affect the leave benefits provided under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which employees […]

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Work-Related Expenses While Teleworking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although most states have fully or almost reopened, some businesses, such as Twitter and Salesforce, have implemented indefinite remote-working policies.  Many other businesses will likely follow suit to some extent.  As teleworking becomes the norm for many, the question of whether employers must reimburse employees […]

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FFCRA Leave Permitted for Employees Whose Child’s Summer Plans Are Canceled Due to COVID-19

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) provides emergency family leave and sick leave for employees who are unable to work or telework while caring for children whose school or place of care is closed or childcare provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.  Now […]

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The Shenkman Private Client Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Accountant/Attorney “Summer Webinar Series.”

This morning, Chaim Book was the featured speaker on the Shenkman Private Client Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Accountant/Attorney “Summer Webinar Series.” Chaim addressed many topics regarding workplace law in the post-COVID-19 pandemic world including: How to prepare for re-opening offices. The legal challenges […]

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Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Guidance

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been updated as of June 16, 2020.  Borrowers can access the revised loan forgiveness application HERE. Further, on June 22, 2020, the SBA released new Interim Final Rules on […]

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S8275A & S8181A Signed: NYS Bills Regarding Unemployment Benefits and Disaster Emergency Loans

Governor Cuomo recently signed into law two bills that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting businesses and individuals: S8181A and S8275A. Through Executive Order 202.31, Governor Cuomo temporarily suspended forfeiture of unemployment benefits that was imposed on claims based on previous false statements or representations.  S8275A, which […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of LGBTQ Workplace Rights

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States (“Supreme Court”) ruled on June 15, 2020 by a 6-3 vote that employers who discriminate against their employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or transgender status are in violation of Title VII […]

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Why I Prefer Mediation and Hot Topics in Employment Law

Please listen to the below recording of Chaim Book’s interview with Professor Elliot Lasson of the University of Maryland Baltimore County where Chaim discusses how he got into employment law; workplace issues that arise relating to accommodation; why he prefers mediation and what are the […]

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New York and New Jersey Prepare for Phase 2 of Reopening Their Economies

New York.  In New York State, all regions except for the five boroughs of New York City have already started reopening as part of Phase 1 of Governor Cuomo’s New York Forward initiative.  Governor Cuomo announced that New York City can expect to enter Phase […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Rule on Fluctuating Workweek Pay Method

On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its final rule on fluctuating workweek pay, which revises the DOL’s proposed regulation on the method of pay to employees working fluctuating hours week by week.  The DOL’s final rule states that if employers […]

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OSHA’s Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Recordkeeping Obligations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to keep their workplaces safe and healthy for their employees.  As part of their obligations to keep the workplace safe and healthy, employers must record and, in some cases report, injuries and illnesses.  Under OSHA guidelines, […]

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Nassau County Judge Upholds Constitutionality of the Child Victims Act

On May 13, 2020, a judge in Nassau County Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Child Victims Act (“CVA”) in 44 consolidated cases brought against the Archdiocese of Rockville Centre.  The Archdiocese had moved to dismiss the cases on the grounds that the recently-passed […]

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Part II: Issues to Consider for Returning to Work Post-COVID-19

In this blog post, we continue to address some common questions about returning to the worksite and protecting employees from COVID-19.   What are employers’ obligations to keep employees in the workplace safe from COVID-19? Businesses and employers should follow the guidelines published by the […]

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Part I: Issues to Consider for Returning to Work Post-COVID-19

As the COVID-19 curve flattens and businesses across NYS and NJ are permitted to reopen, employers and employees have questions.  In this blog post and the next, we address some common questions about returning to the worksite and protecting employees from COVID-19. Can I require […]

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Employers Can Take Body Temperatures of Employees and Must Provide Face Coverings for Employees

As some employees start to trickle back into their workplaces, employers might consider taking body temperatures of their employees to check for any high fevers.  Under normal circumstances, taking body temperatures of employees would be considered a medical exam that would be subject to the […]

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Additional Guidance from SBA and Treasury on PPP Loan Forgiveness

As of May 3, 2020, further guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) provided that employers who borrowed loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will still be eligible for loan forgiveness if a previously laid-off […]

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New York’s Highest Court Deems Postmates’s Delivery Workers as Employees

There continues to be much controversy in the employee versus independent contractor status confusion that app-based services have stirred up. However, at least for New York-based delivery workers of Postmates, Inc. (Postmates), a delivery company that services its customers through its smartphone app, the law […]

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