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COVID-19 Employment Law

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

Fast Food Workers

Some people employed in New York State may be unaware of their status as at-will employees until they come face to face with the term at the end of their employment.  Under the doctrine of at-will employment, employers can choose to terminate employees for any reason, without a need to justify the employment decision, provided […]

Distribution Facility

In Palmer v.   Amazon.com, 20-cv-2468 (E.D.N.Y.), seven plaintiffs brought suit against internet retailer Amazon.com and Amazon.com Services, L.L.C. (“Amazon”) in June 2020, alleging Amazon’s failure to comply with state and federal public health guidance and law applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The seven plaintiffs are composed of individuals employed by Amazon at the JFK8 Fulfillment […]

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has ordered a Gloucester County, New Jersey employer – – Buster Petronglo & Son Farm LLC – – to pay $1,377.00 in back wages for violating the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”) for denying an employee ordered to quarantine after testing positive for […]

 Mayor DeBlasio recently expanded laws enacted to protect city businesses and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeBlasio signed three bills in total. The first extended and expanded paid safe and sick leave to more workers. The other two extended protection for commercial tenants and hotel workers. Safe and Sick Time for NYC Employees The first […]

Disability dictionary

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 […]

EEOC

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. The guidelines address questions the organization has received about issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), and Title VII and how COVID-19 affects […]

bakery worker wearing protective gear

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 […]

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 […]

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. However, employees that have been laid off […]

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