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Member Joseph Brown Featured in Buffalo Business First Article

Friday, May 6th, 2022

On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Labor & Employment Member Joseph S. Brown was featured in Buffalo Business First regarding the employee monitoring law that is taking effect this week in New York State.

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The Time Has Come: New York Electronic Monitoring Notice Law to Take Effect May 7, 2022

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

In November 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation amending the state civil rights law to add a new provision requiring private employers with a place of business in New York who engage in electronic monitoring to notify workers of electronic monitoring of telephone, email, and internet access and usage. This law goes into effect on May 7, 2022.

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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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PFL Amendments Expand Definition of Family Member and Offer Clarification on Intermittent Leave

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Employers have been complying with New York State’s Paid Family Leave Act (“PFL”) since 2018.  PFL mandates time off for employees to care for family members with serious health conditions, among other reasons.  Last month, Governor Hochul enacted an amendment to PFL, to expand the definition of covered family members. Labor and Employment attorney Katherine L. Wood expands on this.

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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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NYS Department of Labor Issues FAQs on Employment Issues Related to Recreational Cannabis Use

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Attorney Joe Brown summarizes the key takeaways from the recent FAQ document released by the New York State Department of Labor on cannabis and the workplace.  

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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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Joseph Brown Featured in Buffalo Business First Article on Mental Health in the Workplace

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Labor and Employment Member Joseph S. Brown, Esq. was featured in an interview with Buffalo Business First for his input on various labor employment law scenarios related to mental health in the workplace.

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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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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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Mondaq: "The Age-Old Argument Of Who Qualifies As An Independent Contractor"

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Hurwitz & Fine Labor and Employement Chair Ann E. Evanko and Law Clerk Evan Gestwick were recently published in Mondaq, a syndication platform that provides content and insights from professional service firms.

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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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President Biden’s Proposed Regulation of Non-Competes: Three FAQs

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Attorney Joseph S. Brown explains what President Biden's July 9, 2021 Executive Order means for New York employers with non-compete agreements.

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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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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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Tips on Complying with New York’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Rules

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

As sexual harassment claims have continued to rise and be brought to light in the the media, now is a good time to revisit your compliance program on sexual harassment prevention. Attorney Ann E. Evanko explains how.

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