Employment & Business Litigation Pointers - Volume I, No. 12


Employment & Business Litigation Pointers

Volume I, No. 12
Friday, October 9, 2020


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How to Manage Negative Social Media When the World is on Fire
as featured in Step Out Buffalo

By Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

What if one of your employees posts racist content on social media using his or her private account over the weekend? To make matters worse, the post goes viral and is viewed by many of your employees and customers and they start complaining to you. Or, one of your employee posts something that puts your business in a bad light or takes a position that angers a portion of your customer base?

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Revised FFCRA Regulations May Require Updates to Employer COVID-19 Leave Policies

By Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

Did your company adopt a COVID-19 leave policy after passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?  If so, now is a good time to revisit those policies after the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) revised its FFCRA regulations last month in response to a recent court decision.  USDOL’s press release, which includes a link to the revamped regulations, can be found here.

The revised regulations – which took effect on September 16, 2020 – clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions.  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in an Aug. 3, 2020 decision (the “Court Decision”) found portions of the US DOL’s regulations invalid, necessitating the review of your policies for compliance.

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Reminder: Paid Sick Leave Goes Into Effect 

By Katherine L. Wood, Esq.

As of September 30, 2020, employees may begin accruing paid sick leave under New York State’s new law.  Many employers have questions about complying with the new paid sick leave law.  However, we are still waiting on the State to release guidance and regulations.  We are monitoring this law, and we will provide updates as they arise.  In the meantime, for an analysis of this new law, please see our previous article.

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Reminder: Update to NYS Voting Leave Law

By Katherine L. Wood, Esq.

As we approach the upcoming presidential election, employers should be mindful of their responsibilities under New York State’s Voting Leave Law.  Among employers’ responsibilities is the obligation to post a notice at least ten days prior to the election that reminds employees of their rights under the law.  The required posting can be found here.  For more information on New York State’s Voting Leave Law, please see our previous article.

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Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

Hurwitz & Fine's Labor & Employment team is here
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Katherine L. Wood, Esq.

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