Employment & Business Litigation Pointers - Volume I, No. 15


Employment & Business Litigation Pointers

Volume I, No. 15
Wednesday, December 30, 2020


As a public service, we are pleased to present this issue of Employment & Business Litigation Pointers, which aims to provide our clients and subscribers with timely information and practical, business-oriented solutions to the latest employment and general business litigation developments.  In some jurisdictions, newsletters such as this may be considered: Attorney Advertising.
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A Note from Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

The Hurwitz & Fine Labor & Employment Team wishes all of our readers a Happy New Year!  We are thankful for the clients we have been able to assist during this pandemic and hope we can work with more of you as 2021 presents new opportunities for growth!

Speaking of 2021 and looking ahead to the new year, the Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Labor & Employment Group is looking forward to our January 14th webinar with our partners at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce entitled “Employment Litigation Update – A Review of 2020 and What’s Ahead”.  Ann Evanko, Katherine Wood, and I will provide a breakdown of the major employment litigation developments from 2020, including a summary of COVID-19 related litigation, a look at what lies ahead for 2021, and how businesses can limit their potential exposure.  Click on the link below to register for this free webinar.
In our final edition of this year’s Employment & Business Litigation Pointers, we share an article on recent changes to New York’s quarantine guidelines and the impact of the expiration of benefits under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, guidance from the EEOC on COVID-19 vaccinations, and an alert from our colleague in the Estate Planning group, Carly Speyer, on the new modified NY Power of Attorney Law which will make forms simpler and easier to execute. 
Finally, we would like to introduce our newest attorney, Alexis M. Florczak, who joins the firm as an associate in our Business Law and Economic Development practice groups. In her role, Lexie assists businesses and not-for-profit organizations with entity formation and governance, and the preparation and review of various agreements related to the provision of services, licensing, and mergers & acquisitions. She also counsels clients on a broad range of regulatory and compliance matters affecting the day-to-day operations of businesses.  Welcome Lexie!


Thursday Jan 14, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

To Register (free for all attendees) and for more information,
click here.


COVID-19 Update: New Guidance from NYS on Shortened Quarantine Timeline and Handling Quarantine Leave Following Expiration of the FFCRA

By Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

New York has officially changed its quarantine guidelines to be similar to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) updated guidelines, which now recommend that people who have may been exposed to the coronavirus should quarantine for 10 days, depending on one's test results and symptoms.  The CDC and New York guidelines previously recommended a 14-day quarantine period. 

This alert summarizes the updated NYS guidelines and the implications for employers with respect to paid leave under NYS COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave and the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was not extended beyond December 31, 2020.

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EEOC Releases Guidance on COVID Vaccine: Six Key Employer Considerations
By Katherine L. Wood, Esq.

The end may finally be in sight with the first round of COVID-19 vaccines recently administered to certain groups of people.  As we look forward to a widely available COVID-19 vaccine (and a potential return to normalcy), employers may be considering mandating that their employees get vaccinated.  However, there are important Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Title VII, and Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”) implications that employers must consider.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has released new guidance to assist employers in remaining compliant with these non-discrimination laws in circumstances involving the COVID-19 vaccine.  Here are six key employer takeaways from the EEOC’s new guidance.

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New Modified NY Power of Attorney Law to Make Form Simpler and Easier to Execute
By Carly M. Speyer, Esq. of our Estate Planning group

On December 15, Governor Cuomo signed an amendment to New York’s power of attorney law (General Obligations Law Article 5, Title 15) that will make the power of attorney form simpler and easier to correctly execute.

A power of attorney allows a competent adult (the “principal”) to appoint one or more individuals as his or her agent for financial and other matters. It is commonly included as a part of a basic estate plan to allow the principal to select the individuals who will assist with the management of his or her affairs when the principal either is not able or does not wish to do so, whether on a temporary basis or permanently.

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Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

Hurwitz & Fine's Labor & Employment team is here to
answer your questions:

Labor & Employment Law
Ann E. Evanko, Esq. ([email protected])
Andrea Schillaci, Esq. ([email protected])
Joseph S. Brown, Esq. ([email protected])
Amber E. Storr, Esq. ([email protected])
Katherine L. Wood, Esq.


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