On March 7, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his executive powers to announce Executive Order 202, placing New York under a State of Emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 6, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the commissioner of health designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under New York State’s HERO Act.
On August 11, 2021, Mayor Jim Kenney announced a new mask mandate for businesses and institutions that do not mandate vaccinations for employees, patrons, and guests within the City of Philadelphia.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has recognized the ongoing challenges of long-lasting effects from COVID-19 and the devastating and disproportionate impact on people with disabilities.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that many COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted when 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. On June 15, 2021, Gov. Cuomo announced that benchmark was hit.
On May 5, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Assembly Bill A2681B, which has been coined as the New York HERO Act.
- Availability of the Special Employee Defense
- Ladder safety requirements for employers
- Proper use of scaffolding on worksites
- Enumerated activity under § 240(1)
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief package, American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), into law. ARPA included a number of provisions that address COVID-19-related employment issues, including a 100-percent Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) subsidy to provide assistance to eligible individuals (AEI). This subsidy applies to medical, dental, and vision plans, however, it does not apply to health flexible spending accounts.
New York is the latest state to legalize recreation marijuana. On March 31, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law, ending New York’s several year delay in agreeing on a marijuana legalization law.
New York State’s travel advisory guidance has zigzagged once again. On March 10, 2021, new interim guidance was released by the Department of Health (DOH) relating to quarantine restrictions for travelers arriving in New York State following out-of-state travel.
On March 12, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a piece of legislation into law that requires virtually all employers in New York to provide leave to employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Join Goldberg Segalla and The Bonadio Group for an overview on the latest employment trends, developments, and updates that are affecting employers. They will also discuss updates to ERISA plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The California Supreme Court has issued a decision holding that the ABC test adopted in Dynamex applies retroactively
On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an updated Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination. The EEOC voted 3-2 to approve the update.
New York has issued additional guidance interpreting NY COVID-19 leave