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Update on OSHA’s COVID-19 Mandate: What New York Employers Need to Know

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Labor & Employment attorney Joseph S. Brown provides an update on the OSHA COVID-19 mandate and what this means for New York private employers with one hundred or more employees. 

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COVID-19 Immunity Litigation Update

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Covid-19 has yielded a significant amount of personal injury litigation against health care institutions and individual providers.  In response, the federal government and many state governments have passed statutory immunity from civil and/or criminal liability for health care provided during the pandemic.  As discussed by attorney Kara Eyre, the scope and application of these statutes varies by jurisdiction, with important ramifications.

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New York Nursing Home Regulatory Changes 2021

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic instigated a wave of legislation in New York state targeted at nursing homes. Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Liability Associate Stephanie L. McCance explores the implications and practicalities of this legislation rollout for facilities, and the potential impact that these new regulations may have on future litigation.

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OSHA Unveils COVID-19 Rule For Private-Sector Workers: What your business needs to know

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

On November 4, 2021, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a new Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) “intended to establish minimum vaccination, vaccination verification, face covering, and testing requirements to address the grave danger of COVID-19 in the workplace.” 

Employment and Business litigator Joseph S. Brown provides an overview of the basics of the ETS, an update on legal challenges to the rule, and what employers can do now to prepare.

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Lee Siegel Quoted in Law360 Article on COVID Coverage in High Courts

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Insurance Litigator Lee S. Siegel was quoted in a Law360 article, "COVID-19 Coverage Fights Head to State High Courts" by Shawn Rice. He comments on whether the courts will be consistent with their decisions on COVID-19 coverage fights or will take a more state-specific approach.

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Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi featured in 2022 publication of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Hurwitz and Fine Managing Partner, Jody E. Briandi was recently featured in the 2022 publication of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for her article, "Navigating the New Normal," in which she discusses how the pandemic has affected law firm culture and work environment

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EEOC Releases Guidance on COVID Vaccine Mandates and Employer Incentives

Monday, October 25th, 2021

New guidance released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on October 13, 2021, discusses vaccine mandates and employer incentives for vaccination.  The new guidance also discusses employer requests for vaccine confirmation and confidentiality of employees’ vaccine information. Attorney Katherine L. Wood advises on this guidance.

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NY HERO ACT UPDATE: COVID-19 Designation Extended to October 31, 2021, New Guidance and Updated Model Plans

Friday, October 8th, 2021

The Commissioner of Health has extended the designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act until October 31, 2021. The New York State Department of Labor released updated Information & FAQs on the HERO Act and updated the Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan.  This alert summarizes these recent developments.

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Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation During COVID: EEOC Takes a Stance

Friday, September 24th, 2021

Determining whether to grant a particular accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be a tricky area for employers to navigate.  Adding COVID-19 considerations to the discussion has complicated matters even further.  Labor and employment attorney Katherine L. Wood examines a recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) that should be taken into consideration when analyzing whether to grant or deny telework accommodations.

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Lee Siegel Featured in Law360 Article on the Demand for Insurance Attorneys

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Insurance Litigator Lee S. Siegel was featured in a Law360 article, "Pandemic, Cyberattacks Fuel Demand for Insurance Attys," on his take on the recent demand for insurance attorneys.

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President Biden Proposes New Federal Rule to Require Businesses with 100+ Employees to Mandate Vaccinations

Friday, September 10th, 2021

On September 9, 2021, the White House issued Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan.  The Plan sets forth a six-pronged approach aimed at reducing “the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory powers and other actions to substantially increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements.” Attorney Joseph Brown discusses how this plan may affect employers in the coming weeks.

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HERO ACT UPDATE: What New York Employers Need to Know About Implementing Their Workplace Safety Plans

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Labor & Employment attorney Joseph S. Brown offers insight on what New York employers need to know about implementing their workplace safety plans.

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What Employers Need to Know About Long Covid Disability Claims

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, however, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later time. Attorney Joseph Brown discusses how "Long Covid" may affect disability claims and what it means for employers.

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Employers Take Note: CDC Revised Mask Guidance May Require Workplace Changes

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Due to concerns over the Delta variant of COVID-19, the CDC has reversed its prior guidance, now stating that fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks when indoors in COVID-19 hot spots.  Previous CDC guidance stated that fully vaccinated individuals no longer had to wear masks in public places.  Employers should be aware of this changing landscape, as workplace safety implications are likely to arise as CDC guidance changes.

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Ryan Maxwell Featured in Law360 Article on COVID Coverage Suits in NJ

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Insurance Coverage attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was featured in an article in LAW360's Opinion column, "COVID Coverage Suits In NJ Prove Tough For Policyholders."

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HERO Act Update: Model Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plans Released

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

In May, New York State passed the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act, which took effect on June 4, 2021.  The HERO Act imposes many workplace safety requirements on employers with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. 

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First COVID-19 Business Interruption Appellate Decision Finds For Carrier: “Physical” Is The Key

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in Oral Surgeons, P.C. v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, Case No. 20-3211 (8th Cir. July 2, 2021), upholding the decision of the trial court from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell provides updates.

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New York State Court Updates to Eviction and Foreclosure Matters

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

On May 24, 2021, a series of Administrative Orders were issued affecting procedures in residential evictionscommercial evictions, and foreclosure matters. Attorney Alexis M. Florczak provides updates. 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from the EEOC and New York State: Five FAQs

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Labor & Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown answers five commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination policies.

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Re-Opening Continues, But Not Without COVID Safety Legislation

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Despite the recent lifting of mask mandates for vaccinated people across the state, New York has imposed a new COVID safety law, which employers should be aware of.  The new law, the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act, was passed in early May and goes into effect on June 4, 2021. 

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