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Not Another Coronavirus Alert: NYS Passes Paid Sick Leave Expansion

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Governor Cuomo recently passed amendments to the New York State Labor Law.  These amendments mandate that employers provide paid sick leave to their employees and will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

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Changes to Medicaid Application Process in Light of COVID-19

Monday, April 13th, 2020

The NYS Division of Eligibility and Marketplace Integration issued a General Information System message to all Local District Commissioners and Medicaid Directors regarding changes to the Medicaid application and recertification process in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Hurwitz & Fine summarizes these changes.

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Empire State Development Issues Updated Guidance on “Essential Business”

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Empire State Development recently issued updated guidance on the meaning of “Essential Businesses” in relation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders pertaining to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New CDC Guidance for When an Employee is Exposed to Coronavirus and Other Considerations When an Employee Refuses to Come into Work

Friday, April 10th, 2020

This past week, the Center for Disease Control issued new guidelines for when an essential employer should permit a critical infrastructure employee to return to work after a coronavirus exposure. Hurwitz & Fine breaks down the new recommendations.

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DOL Issues Temporary Regulations and Additional Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Cares Act

Friday, April 10th, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released temporary regulations interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that requires private employers with 499 or fewer employees, and certain public employers, to provide covered employees emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency unpaid and paid family leave (FMLA+). Hurwitz & Fine has highlighted some of the key regulations that may be of interest to small businesses.

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Three Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Featured in Harmonie Group's 2019 Significant Cases publication

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Ann Evanko and Katherine Wood are highlighted for their employment law victory and Patrick Curran is featured for his nursing home negligence defense verdict.

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Dan Kohane and Ryan Maxwell Featured in Your NY Connection Magazine

Monday, April 6th, 2020

The attorneys were featured in NYIA's First Quarter 2020 edition of Your NY Connection magazine for their article "Judicial Oversights?"

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New York Governor Grants Immunity to Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19

Monday, April 6th, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.10, suspending and modifying certain healthcare laws in New York State. The aim of this Order is not only to ensure efficient and streamlined care to coronavirus patients, but also to provide some level of protection and reassurance to those front-line workers from malpractice liability that may arise as a result of such care.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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