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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


What the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Means For NY Employers

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

On March 31, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act” (“MRTA”) which legalized the recreational use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21 and significantly impacts the ability of New York employers to maintain a drug-free workplace.  More specifically, the MRTA amends New York Law Labor Law Section 201-d, which protects employees’ right to engage in certain recreational activities outside of work. Labor & Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown summarizes the changes to Section 201-d and discusses what steps employers should take to prepare themselves for compliance with the new legislation.


New York Issues Guidance on Paid Leave for Vaccinations

Friday, March 26th, 2021

New York just provided guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) on the Paid Vaccination Leave Law. While many questions remain unanswered, the FAQs explain and reemphasize certain points. Attorney Joe Brown summarizes in this legal alert.


American Rescue Plan Act: Brief Overview of Extension of FFCRA Tax Credits and Other Employment Updates

Friday, March 19th, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“Act”) was signed into law—the Act was highly anticipated by many, as it provides stimulus relief to many Americans.  However, in addition to the stimulus relief, the Act contains employment-related provisions of which employers should be aware.  This article serves to provide a brief overview of these employment-related provisions of the Act. 


Travel Plans? Just Another Reason to be Vaccinated!

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

There are several reasons to be vaccinated—protecting your own health and that of others is the most important and should be the primary reason. An added benefit is that one can now qualify in New York to be exempt from the rigorous quarantine requirements upon proof of full vaccination within certain time periods. 


New York Employees Now Eligible for Paid Leave When Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed a bill that provides private and public sector employees with up to four hours of excused leave per injection of the COVID-19 vaccine that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued.


My Employee is Fully Vaccinated: Now What? (The Remix)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Labor & Employment Attorney Joe Brown provides the latest updates for New York employers on: (1) the CDC’s First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others; (2) New York’s Quarantine Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Individuals; and (3) New York’s Travel Advisory for Fully Vaccinated Individuals.  Stay tuned for bonus tracks in the weeks to come.


My Employee is Fully Vaccinated: Now What?

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

What does federal and state guidance say about safety and quarantine protocols for those employees who have been fully vaccinated?  Attorney Joe Brown addresses those questions and provides a reminder about consistently applying health and safety protocols in the light of increased enforcement activity by federal and state authorities. 


NYS Paid Sick Leave: 9 Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Labor & Employment Attorney Katherine Wood provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from the employer’s perspective on the paid sick leave law. 


Six FAQs About Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Policies in New York

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

The development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines late last year has offered a glimmer of optimism for businesses hoping to return to “normal” in 2021.  But how will the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines impact the workplace?  Labor & Employment Attorney Joe Brown provides answers to six commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination policies.


Five Recent Employment Law Developments Under the Biden Administration

Friday, January 29th, 2021

The inauguration of a new president usually brings changes in senior leadership, legislative priorities, and regulatory policy, particularly in the area of labor and employment law.  Within the past week, President Biden has signed several executive orders, filled key positions, and announced other policy shifts that are likely to impact the workplace in the areas of safety, LGBTQ protections, labor laws, pandemic response, and immigration.  This alert discusses five recently announced developments that may impact your workplace in the months to come.