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ATTENTION NYC EMPLOYERS: Amendments to NYC Earned Safe/ Sick Leave Law in Effect
As we highlighted earlier this week, Governor Cuomo has enacted a statewide sick leave law allowing most New York employees to accrue up to 40 or 56 hours of annual paid sick leave, depending on the size of their employers. [CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SEPTEMBER 30 EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT]
. As anticipated, New York City has amended its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (the “Act”) to align with the State’s more generous provisions for very small and large employers. The amendments, effective September 30th
, impose additional requirements on NYC employers and clarify certain provisions related to violations of the Act.
REMINDER FOR NEW YORK EMPLOYERS: NEW YORK STATE SICK LEAVE LAW IS EFFECTIVE TODAY
On April 3, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Enacted Budget for fiscal year 2021, which included a statewide sick leave law. Employees start accruing sick leave under the law on September 30, 2020. Employers must provide the accrued leave for the covered uses set forth under the law starting on January 1, 2021.
ATT NJ EMPLOYERS: UNDER NEW LAW, “ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES” WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID ARE PRESUMED TO HAVE CONTRACTED IT AT WORK
On September 14, 2020, Governor Murphy signed a new law determining that "essential employees" who test positive for COVID-19 are presumed to have contracted the virus while at work. The law is retroactive to March 9, 2020.
DOL Revises and Reaffirms Portions of Its Final Rule on FFCRA in Response to New York v. Scalia
On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it had revised its Final Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) in response to the Southern District of New York’s August 3, 2020 decision in New York v. Scalia – a lawsuit filed by the State of New York challenging certain provisions of the DOL’s Final Rule first issued on April 1, 2020. The revised Final Rule will go into effect on September 16, 2020 and, as explained below, has the greatest impact on employers in the health care industry.
NEW FAQs ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: FFCRA AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS
With summer rapidly winding down and many children not returning to school full-time (at least not in person), this creates tremendous challenges for families as well as employers. With that said, many of NFC clients have been asking us for direction on how to navigate the potential leaves their employees with school-aged children may need and what paid benefits may be available to such employees. We now have much anticipated Department of Labor guidance on the applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to school closures and remote learning .
Important Documents and Links
WE CAN DO THIS REOPENING THE NON-PUBLIC OFFICE SECTOR AND KEEPING IT OPEN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Employment Law Firm Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Accelerates Expansion by Opening West Coast Office
NFC EXPANDS TO WEST COAST & INTRODUCES NEW PARTNER – STACY L. FODE
LIVE COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR RECORDING: Being An Upstander In The Face Of Racism
Retirement Plan ERISA Fiduciary Duties During the COVID-19 Crisis by Christine Gottesman
ANTICIPATING AND PREPARING FOR COVID-19 RELATED EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION by Kerrie Heslin, Robin Rome and Ryan Carlson (This article appeared on the Westlaw Practitioner Insights Commentaries web page on July 2, 2020.)
“U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling extending federal job protection to LGBTQ Employees – Bostock v. Clayton County, GA” By Kirsten Grossman
NUKK-FREEMAN & CERRA’S, SUZANNE M. CERRA NAMED TO NEW JERSEY STATE BAR ASSOCIATION PANDEMIC TASK FORCE, LAW FIRM REOPENING COMMITTEE
A STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
LIVE COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR RECORDING: Return To Work 2.0 – Getting Your Workforce Back Into The Workplace
LIVE COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR RECORDING: Anticipating/Preparing for COVID-19 Litigation
LIVE COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR RECORDING: What to do NOW to get ready for employees returning to work during the COVID-19 crisis
LIVE COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR RECORDING: 2nd COVID-19 focused webinar focusing on critical employer Q&As relating to employment law and the crisis
LIVE COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR RECORDING: Exploring some of employers’ most commonly asked employment law questions relating to the Coronavirus pandemic
“What Employers Need to Know…NJ Supreme Court Affirms Protections for Employees Using Medical Marijuana” By Kegan Andeskie
“It’s Not Always Clear What Constitutes Sexual Harassment. Use This Tool to Navigate the Gray Areas to Navigate the Gray Areas.” By Kathleen Kelley Reardon
“Protected Activity”Continues to Broaden Under SOX
State Mandated Paid Family Leave is On the Rise
Employer Common Concerns Questionnaire
Preparing for the Separation Agreement ‘Fire Drill’
Equal Pay for Equal Play: U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team’s Fight for Equal Pay Parallels Equal Pay Initiatives Across the Country