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New York COVID-19 employment law developments from NY employment attorneys, Borrelli & Associates, PLLC

Is COVID-19 a Disability Under the Law?

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Is COVID19 Considered a Disability

The short answer is: no, COVID-19 is not a disability under the law, but the nuts and bolts of the inquiry are often far more complex.  Indeed, this has also been the case with past influenza pandemics.  Generally, for a medical condition to be considered a legal disability, it cannot be a temporary, nonchronic condition of short duration with little potential long-term impact.  Rather, a disability that is protected under the law is generally a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, concentrating, hearing, or sleeping. 

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New Guidelines Issued by EEOC in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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EEOC Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently unveiled new guidelines regarding federal anti-discrimination laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 and Returning to Work

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Returning to Work as Businesses Reopen in New York

As New York State begins to permit many non-essential businesses to reopen after months shut down to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic’s curve, many employees may fear returning to work amidst the on-going pandemic.  However, there are certain precautions an employer can take to attempt to ensure their employees’ safety during this on-going pandemic.

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3 Things You Should Know about New York’s Comprehensive Sick and Family Leave Benefits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New York’s Comprehensive Sick and Family Leave Benefits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

New York State is known to have the strongest employee health and family leave policies in the country. Since 2016 when Governor Cuomo signed the state’s comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy into place, workers have enjoyed protection from having to choose between their families and their jobs. State legislators also passed the New York Sick Leave Law (NYSLL) in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under that law, workers statewide are entitled to sick leave specific to COVID-19 and no longer have a waiting period for paid family leave and temporary disability benefits.

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New York Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19

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COVID-19 is changing employment law

Over the last two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted life as we know it. In particular, the pandemic has caused economic uncertainty and has forced state governments to issue stay-at-home orders, forcing businesses to furlough and/or lay off millions of employees.

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