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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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