Employment & Business Litigation Pointers - Volume I, No. 18


Employment & Business Litigation Pointers

Volume I, No. 18
Friday, March 19, 2021


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A Note from Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

March Madness is here.  I am looking forward to seeing the University of Virginia (my law school alma mater) defend its NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship from 2019 – assuming they have enough players to field a team after coming out of quarantine.  But at least we are having a tournament this year, so I call that progress.  Go Hoos!
Speaking of March Madness, COVID-19, and progress, this edition of Employment & Business Litigation Pointers presents a flurry of updates on new laws and guidance issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Looking for more useful information?  Please join me for a free Employment Webinar on March 25th at 3:00 p.m. with The Harmonie Group!  My fellow presenters and I will discuss the following topics:

  • New and Anticipated Laws & Trends (Heather Erickson)
  • Guidance for Re-Entry Into the Workplace (Christopher Gilligan)
  • COVID-19 Vaccination (Joe Brown)
  • Teleworking Considerations (Megan Atzert)

To register, please use this link.
Finally, I am pleased to introduce Scott Kagan, who joins the firm as an attorney in the firm’s Albany office, further expanding our ability to serve clients in the Capital District and Mid-Hudson regions. A seasoned litigator, Scott’s practice focuses on general liability and tort defense, including premises liability, trucking and commercial transportation, construction accidents, product liability, and other complex and catastrophic injury litigation. Welcome Scott! If you have a situation in the Capital District and Mid-Hudson regions, give us a call.


American Rescue Plan Act: Brief Overview of Extension of FFCRA Tax Credits and Other Employment Updates
By Katherine L. Wood, Esq.

Last week, 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.

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Travel Plans? Just Another Reason to be Vaccinated!
By Ann E. Evanko, Esq.

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.

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New York Employees Now Eligible For Paid Leave When Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
By Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

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. The new law becomes effectively immediately, March 12, 2021, and will expire on December 31, 2022.

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My Employee is Fully Vaccinated: Now What? (The Remix)
By Joseph S. Brown, Esq.

A few weeks ago, the Labor & Employment Group prepared an article entitled “My Employee is Fully Vaccinated: Now What?” which covered the current state of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of New York Department of Health, and local health departments concerning fully vaccinated individuals.  That instant classic quickly became obsolete when those agencies issued new guidance.

So, in this article we give you the “remix” of our previous hit song with 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.

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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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