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Tag: COVID-19

What is New York’s HERO Act?


The HERO Act passed in New York State in May 2021. According to the law, employers must comply with certain workplace and safety obligations related to COVID-19 and other health issues. The Act features multiple parts. Under part 1, all private employers must adopt a health and safety plan to protect employees when there is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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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