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By Tracey Levy and Alexandra Lapes With the goal of getting employees back to work safely while ensuring business continuity, and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws, employers should consider the following key measures to take as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut permit more businesses to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. 1 … Read More The post Working Our Way to Normalcy: A Tri-State Guide to Reopening Your Business appeared first on…
By Tracey I. Levy The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a mandatory poster and updated its initial guidance to answer many more of employers’ questions with regard to the application of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave law, which takes effect April 1, 2020.  The poster must be posted in a conspicuous place on the … Read More The post US DOL Issues Poster, Guidance – Answers Some Open Questions Regarding Emergency Paid Sick Leave
By Tracey I. Levy, Esq. [Ed. Note 4/3/20: updated guidance from the NYS DOL has made clear that the paid sick leave requirement, discussed below, with respect to employers with 100 or more employees is 14 calendar days, not working days as a prior version of the DOL guidance had indicated.  Therefore, employers with 100-499 … Read More The post Federal, NYS Emergency Sick Leave Laws Protect Employees Impacted by COVID-19, Impose Substantial New Obligations
By Tracey I. Levy, Esq. and Alexandra Lapes, Esq. As the global Coronavirus situation is expanding rapidly and hitting close to home, Westchester County and New York City employers should review their communicable disease plans and implement preventative measures to limit the potential effect of illness in the workplace. Key strategies for employers in preparing … Read More The post Managing Workplace Epidemics: Coronavirus Concerns in Westchester County and New York City appeared first on…
By Tracey I. Levy, Esq. and Alexandra Lapes, Esq. Just over a year after New York enacted sweeping protections against sexual harassment, Governor Cuomo today signed into law further amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law to provide more expansive protections for employees based on any protected characteristic. SPECIAL ALERT – IMMEDIATE ACTION … Read More The post New York State Amends Other HRL Discrimination Protections – Broad Protections Expanded Well Beyond Sexual
By: Tracey I. Levy and Alexandra Lapes Employers in Westchester County must pay close attention to legal developments at the county level, as the past ten months have brought an unprecedented array of new mandates specific to private employers in the county, and further requirements are likely to come.  For those employers who may have … Read More The post Why Local Law Matters for Westchester Employers appeared first on Levy Employment Law.…
Recent changes to New York State law regarding prevention of sexual harassment will require employers to revisit existing policies to comply with newly-mandated provisions, as summarized in our lead story from Takeaways, Spring 2018.  But looking beyond the state law, one key lesson to be derived from the #MeToo movement is that workplace policies prohibiting … Read More The post Moving Forward After #MeToo – Consider Your Policies appeared first on Levy Employment Law.…
Beginning this fall, employers in New York State will be required to provide interactive harassment prevention training to employees.  This is not a new concept – such training has been mandated for years in California, Connecticut and Maine – but the scope, nature and frequency of the training are quite different from what other states … Read More The post What’s Different About New York’s Harassment Prevention Training Mandate appeared first on Levy Employment Law
For New York employers, the recent federal hold on the FLSA regulatory changes is not the final word. New York State law changes have been proposed, which are far more likely to move forward, that will similarly increase the base salary thresholds for employers in the state, albeit not quite to the level of the … Read More The post NY Employers Still Must Consider Classification of Exempt Employees appeared first on Levy Employment Law
As employers strive for that little edge to stay ahead of their competitors, restrictive covenants – clauses that limit an employee’s ability to work for a competitor, solicit and/or service their employer’s customers, contract with their employer’s vendors, and/or entice away their employer’s staff – have become increasingly common in all types of work environments … Read More The post Restrictive Covenants: One Size Should Not Fit All appeared first on Levy Employment Law.…