Firm News

SBA Issues Final Interim Rule for Paycheck Protection Program

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration issued its Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Hurwitz & Fine summarizes a few important takeaways.

Attorney Dan Kohane discusses the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the legal industry with FDCC

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

discusses the short and long term impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the legal industry.

Lawrence Ross Featured in Diversity Officer Magazine

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Lawrence M. Ross, Member of Hurwitz & Fine's Health Law, Taxation, and Employee Benefits Counseling practice groups, was featured in the April 1, 2020 edition of Diversity Officer Magazine for his article, "Diverse Candidates: Finding the Right Professional Fit for You."

DOL Publishes Additional Guidance on the FFCRA and the CARES Act is Signed into Law Providing Additional Relief to Small Businesses

Monday, March 30th, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a third round of guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in the form of additional questions and answers about the paid sick leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion (EFMLA) provision.

COVID-19: The Latest New York State Law Developments and What Employers Need to Know

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine's summary of New York State developments related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Critique of Assembly Bill A.10226 – The COVID-19 “Business Interruption Bill” – The Cure is Worse than the Solution

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

The Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. coverage team offers a critique of both the thinking behind this legislation and the bill itself, section by section.

Force Majeure: The Coronavirus Made Me Do It!

Friday, March 27th, 2020

When uncontrollable events occur that preclude contract performance, force majeure provisions may provide an avenue to limit damages.

Two Members of Hurwitz & Fine Graduate from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Academy

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

This four session program, taught by nationally recognized industry experts, offered the chance to learn and exchange ideas about inclusive leadership skills and strategies to nurture a diverse work environment.

DOL Publishes Notice Poster of Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Issues New Guidance

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

While employers ready themselves to comply with FFCRA, which becomes effective on April 1st, there are many open questions and issues that will need to be clarified by DOL in the weeks to come. This article summarizes the main takeaways from the DOL guidance.

Attorney Dan Kohane Quoted in NYSBA Article

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Dan D. Kohane, Chair of Hurwitz & Fine's Insurance Coverage team, was quoted in a March 24, 2020 New York State Bar Association article on changes in the legal profession post-coronavirus pandemic.

New York Passes Paid Sick Leave Law and Takes Other Measures in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed a bill requiring sick leave for employees in New York State. The law, which took effect immediately upon Governor Cuomo’s signature, guarantees leave to employees who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by New York State, the Department of Health, the local board of health, or any other authorized governmental entity due to COVID-19.  In addition, Governor Cuomo also issued a series of executive orders designed to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, including a requirement that all non-essential businesses must reduce their in-person workforce by 100%.

The EEOC Issues Coronavirus Guidance for the Workplace

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on the topic to expressly address COVID-19. It covers a host of questions about handling employees who have or may have been exposed to coronavirus.

What Employers Need to Know About the Latest Developments on Expansion of the FMLA and Paid Sick Leave Under Federal Law

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) which aims to assist employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Act takes effect on April 1, 2020.  The Act has two key components—expanding Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) coverage and mandating paid sick leave. 

Melville Office - New Address

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine's Long Island Office, located in Melville, has moved locations.

BREAKING: Governor Cuomo Increases Reduction in Workforce at Physical Workspace to 75% and Issues “Essential Services” Exemptions to Reduction Requirement

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

In response to the spread of COVID-19 in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that all non-essential businesses must reduce their in-person workforce by 75%.  This latest reduction, which takes effect on Friday March 20, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., is an increase from the 50% reduction of in-person workforce announced by Governor earlier in the week.

Hurwitz & Fine’s Response to COVID-19 for Employees and Clients

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

During this difficult and unprecedent time, the safety and well-being of our employees, along with the legal and business needs of our clients, are our top priorities.  We remain committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of legal services to meet their needs during this crisis and are available to assist in all ways.

Breaking: Governor Cuomo Mandates 50% Reduction in Workforce at Physical Workspace

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Governor Cuomo mandated today that all employers must immediately reduce their workforce to 50% in the physical workspace.  To be clear, this does not mean that employers must reduce their actual workforce through layoff, rather, the other 50% of an employer’s workforce is permitted to perform work off-premises. 

Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown Featured in Buffalo Business First

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Joseph S. Brown, Member of Hurwitz & Fine's Employment team, offers insight to employers on COVID-19 in the March 18, 2020 edition of Business First.

COVID-19: Employment Law Legislative Update

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response (H.R. Bill 6201), sweeping legislation that will provide a myriad of emergency relief to businesses and individuals, including paid family and sick leave.  The Bill, in its current format, amends several key provisions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and also provides for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for full-time employees. This alert briefly summarizes two key sections of this 110-page Bill that may be of interest to clients.

COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

An employer’s response to COVID-19 will vary by industry, location, and the extent to which employees are involved in business travel.  Hurwitz & Fine's update is a summary of some of the best practices for non-health care employers as well a brief discussion of employment laws implicated in responding to the latest coronavirus developments.