As New York’s hospitals and nursing homes and assisted living facilities face mounting pressure in providing an appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Health Department have issued several Executive Orders and Health Directives addressing the expectations of care to be provided to residents in such times, and the liability that facilities may face if they fall short.
Hurwitz & Fine has been tracking legislative initiatives and the dozens of lawsuits that have already been filed by policyholders seeking Business Interruption coverage.
EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Return to Work Considerations under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Hurwitz & Fine discusses new issues, which have arisen as to legal questions that employers will likely face as the nation returns to “normal” business operations.
Attorneys Dan D. Kohane and Lee S. Siegel, Members of Hurwitz & Fine's Insurance Coverage team, were featured in the April 18, 2020 Buffalo Business First article, "Fine print on policies has businesses, insurers and legislators in a quarrel."
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidance for employers responding to workplace COVID-19 workplace issues.
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.
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.
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.
New CDC Guidance for When an Employee is Exposed to Coronavirus and Other Considerations When an Employee Refuses to Come into Work
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.
DOL Issues Temporary Regulations and Additional Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Cares Act
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.
Ann Evanko and Katherine Wood are highlighted for their employment law victory and Patrick Curran is featured for his nursing home negligence defense verdict.
The attorneys were featured in NYIA's First Quarter 2020 edition of Your NY Connection magazine for their article "Judicial Oversights?"
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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration issued its Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Hurwitz & Fine summarizes a few important takeaways.
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
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.
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
The Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. coverage team offers a critique of both the thinking behind this legislation and the bill itself, section by section.