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COVID-19 Employment Law

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

Delta Strain

As we approach the one-and-a-half-year mark since the United States shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, more and more companies are moving away from the new norm of working from home.  This brings a slew of new questions that must be answered, and important decisions that must be made, regarding the vaccination statuses of […]

Delivery Workers

The COVID-19 Pandemic changed everyone’s lives.  Some changes, like working from home, online schooling, and social distancing, became prominent topics of everyday conversation.  Now, while restrictions continue to lessen on a seemingly daily basis, there is one group of people whom many took for granted during the height of the pandemic.  Those people are the […]

non-compete agreements

The COVID-19 health pandemic changed a lot of things in the workplace. Some of these changes were temporary, while others continue now and are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Do these changes apply to non-compete agreements that affect employees? What is a Non-Compete Agreement? Many employers require employees to sign non-compete agreements. Most […]

On May 5, 2021, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”), adding two new sections to the New York Labor Law.   The HERO Act requires all New York employers to implement extensive workplace health and safety protections against COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases. Notably, […]

right to work from home

Do employees have a right to work from home? During the last 13 months or so, many people have become accustomed to working from home. Doing so wasn’t an option for everyone. However, many were driven from their offices into their homes for their usual workday. The pandemic situation continues to evolve, but many employers […]

just-cause law

There’s been much discussion recently about raising the minimum wage and providing fast-food and other hourly workers with a living wage. But wages aren’t the only concern facing workers. Wages are a moot point for someone fired without cause. New York City’s Just-Cause law offers protection and ends the risk of termination without reason. The […]

should i report my employer

Issues related to workplace health and safety are more important than ever. But what if your employer isn’t following safety guidelines? Should you file a report if your employer is putting you and your co-workers at risk? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the answer is “yes.” The organization protects the safety […]

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., 20-cv-2468 (E.D.N.Y.), seven plaintiffs brought suit against internet retailer and 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 […]


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