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Mayor De Blasio recently signed legislation amending NYC’s paid safe and sick leave law. The new changes took effect on September 30, 2020 and bring NYC’s law more into line with NYS’s paid sick leave law. Key Changes to Be Aware of The key changes in the law that employees in NYC should know about are the following: Employees begin accruing leave immediately upon starting a job and can use the leave as soon…
The coronavirus pandemic has raised many issues for employers and older employees.  Many employees, over the age of 40, are faced with questions and concerns about the potentially discriminatory decisions being made by their employers regarding layoffs, terminations and returning to the workplace. A significant increase in age discrimination lawsuits is expected due to the pandemic. These claims will be based on the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination against workers…
In a June 18, 2020 unanimous decision in the case of Hosking v. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr, 2020 NY Slip Op 03484, written by Justice Acosta, the Appellate Division, First Department, reversed a decision issued by Bronx County Judge Lizbeth Gonzålez which granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint of Jeanette Martinez.  At issue on appeal was whether Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the defendant employer, properly engaged in a good faith dialogue…
As non-essential businesses reopen, employers are grappling with issues of when and how to safely return employees to the workplace.  The use of antibody testing of employees has been posited as a potential screening tool to assist employers in their decision making, by identifying those employees who had COVID-19 and thus may have developed some measure of immunity. On June 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 related guidance to make…
During the pandemic, the Human Resources Administration (HRA), which administers Medicaid in New York City has responded with flexibility regarding the application and renewal process to ensure Medicaid applicants or recipients are able to access the care they need. Previously, HRA issued a General Information System message to announce changes to Medicaid eligibility and enrollment processes in light of COVID-19.  This week, HRA issued a new alert providing updated information on its handling of…
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, lawmakers and regulators in Washington have turned their attention to addressing the inevitable retaliation against employees who report misuse of the federal government’s pandemic relief funds and questions about the reopening process for workplaces. COVID-19 WHISTLEBLOWER BILL On June 15, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris and Representatives Jackie Speier and Jamie Raskin introduced  into Congress the COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection Act. If passed, the proposed bill would protect workers who blow the…
In a decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, a majority of the United States Supreme Court has determined that LGBTQ workers are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This historical ruling finally makes clear that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates federal law. Despite using the pejorative term “homosexual” throughout the decision,…
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance to employers related to addressing COVID-19 in the workplace.  As many workplaces are reopening, or planning to reopen, this updated guidance is timely and helpful for many employees and employers. Below is a summary of the major provisions of the additional guidance. Requests for Accommodation As many workplace sites are opening back up, the EEOC guidance addresses the question of employers inviting employees to…
A bill has been introduced in the New York State Assembly to clarify and amend a recently enacted bill imposing a 30-month look-back period for community Medicaid effective October 1, 2020.  The cumulative effect of the proposed changes and clarifications is to mitigate some of the anticipated harsh effects on Medicaid home care applicants of the sudden introduction of the 30-month look-back period.   Changes Proposed to Look-Back Law The amendment would make the…
A bill has been introduced in the New York State Assembly to clarify and amend a recently enacted bill imposing a 30-month look-back period for community Medicaid effective October 1, 2020.  The cumulative effect of the proposed changes and clarifications is to mitigate some of the anticipated harsh effects on Medicaid home care applicants of the sudden introduction of the 30-month look-back period.   Changes Proposed to Look-Back Law The amendment would make the…