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NY HERO ACT UPDATE: COVID-19 Designation Extended to October 31, 2021, New Guidance and Updated Model Plans

Friday, October 8th, 2021

The Commissioner of Health has extended the designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act until October 31, 2021. The New York State Department of Labor released updated Information & FAQs on the HERO Act and updated the Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan.  This alert summarizes these recent developments.

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Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation During COVID: EEOC Takes a Stance

Friday, September 24th, 2021

Determining whether to grant a particular accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be a tricky area for employers to navigate.  Adding COVID-19 considerations to the discussion has complicated matters even further.  Labor and employment attorney Katherine L. Wood examines a recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) that should be taken into consideration when analyzing whether to grant or deny telework accommodations.

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Lee Siegel Featured in Law360 Article on the Demand for Insurance Attorneys

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Insurance Litigator Lee S. Siegel was featured in a Law360 article, "Pandemic, Cyberattacks Fuel Demand for Insurance Attys," on his take on the recent demand for insurance attorneys.

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President Biden Proposes New Federal Rule to Require Businesses with 100+ Employees to Mandate Vaccinations

Friday, September 10th, 2021

On September 9, 2021, the White House issued Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan.  The Plan sets forth a six-pronged approach aimed at reducing “the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory powers and other actions to substantially increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements.” Attorney Joseph Brown discusses how this plan may affect employers in the coming weeks.

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HERO ACT UPDATE: What New York Employers Need to Know About Implementing Their Workplace Safety Plans

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Labor & Employment attorney Joseph S. Brown offers insight on what New York employers need to know about implementing their workplace safety plans.

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What Employers Need to Know About Long Covid Disability Claims

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, however, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later time. Attorney Joseph Brown discusses how "Long Covid" may affect disability claims and what it means for employers.

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Employers Take Note: CDC Revised Mask Guidance May Require Workplace Changes

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Due to concerns over the Delta variant of COVID-19, the CDC has reversed its prior guidance, now stating that fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks when indoors in COVID-19 hot spots.  Previous CDC guidance stated that fully vaccinated individuals no longer had to wear masks in public places.  Employers should be aware of this changing landscape, as workplace safety implications are likely to arise as CDC guidance changes.

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Ryan Maxwell Featured in Law360 Article on COVID Coverage Suits in NJ

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Insurance Coverage attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was featured in an article in LAW360's Opinion column, "COVID Coverage Suits In NJ Prove Tough For Policyholders."

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HERO Act Update: Model Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plans Released

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

In May, New York State passed the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act, which took effect on June 4, 2021.  The HERO Act imposes many workplace safety requirements on employers with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. 

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First COVID-19 Business Interruption Appellate Decision Finds For Carrier: “Physical” Is The Key

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in Oral Surgeons, P.C. v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, Case No. 20-3211 (8th Cir. July 2, 2021), upholding the decision of the trial court from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell provides updates.

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New York State Court Updates to Eviction and Foreclosure Matters

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

On May 24, 2021, a series of Administrative Orders were issued affecting procedures in residential evictionscommercial evictions, and foreclosure matters. Attorney Alexis M. Florczak provides updates. 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from the EEOC and New York State: Five FAQs

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Labor & Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown answers five commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination policies.

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Re-Opening Continues, But Not Without COVID Safety Legislation

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Despite the recent lifting of mask mandates for vaccinated people across the state, New York has imposed a new COVID safety law, which employers should be aware of.  The new law, the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act, was passed in early May and goes into effect on June 4, 2021. 

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So, We’re Settled, Right?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Litigation Attorney Eric Andrew discusses the practical hazards of negotiating and effectuating settlements in the age of COVID.

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New York Issues Guidance on Paid Leave for Vaccinations

Friday, March 26th, 2021

New York just provided guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) on the Paid Vaccination Leave Law. While many questions remain unanswered, the FAQs explain and reemphasize certain points. Attorney Joe Brown summarizes in this legal alert.

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American Rescue Plan Act: Brief Overview of Extension of FFCRA Tax Credits and Other Employment Updates

Friday, March 19th, 2021

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!

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

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

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

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.

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My Employee is Fully Vaccinated: Now What? (The Remix)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Labor & Employment Attorney Joe Brown provides 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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My Employee is Fully Vaccinated: Now What?

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

What does federal and state guidance say about safety and quarantine protocols for those employees who have been fully vaccinated?  Attorney Joe Brown addresses those questions and provides a reminder about consistently applying health and safety protocols in the light of increased enforcement activity by federal and state authorities. 

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Hurwitz & Fine's COVID-19 Legal Response Team was created to provide legal advice and counseling our clients are seeking during this time. Our approach is an interdisciplinary model comprised of lawyers from various firm practice groups. For more information, click here.
 
For business services related concerns, please contact any of the members of our Business team:

Kevin J. Zanner
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Evan Y. Bussiere
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For all your COVID-19 coverage concerns, including business interruption and first-party property issues; and general, professional, and management liability; please contact our Insurance Coverage team:

Steven E. Peiper
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Dan D. Kohane
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Lee S. Siegel
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Brian D. Barnas

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Ryan P. Maxwell
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For employer related concerns, please contact any of the members of our Labor & Employment team:

Ann E. Evanko
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Andrea Schillaci
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Joseph S. Brown
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Amber E. Storr
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Katherine L. Wood
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For hospital & nursing home liability related concerns, please contact any of the members of our Medical Malpractice & Nursing Home Liability team:

V. Christopher Potenza
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Patrick B. Curran
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Stephanie L. McCance
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  Kara M. Eyre
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