New York Extends HERO Act Again

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious…

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More States, Cities Adding Mandates

As the nation now awaits the final decision by SCOTUS on these vaccine mandates, more states and cities are imposing their own versions of vaccine-or-mask mandates. In fact, just over the past week or two, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, and Chicago, have all announced new local vaccine mandates for consumers to enter…

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New York Extends Heroes Act Again

As it has over the past several months, the state of New York has again extended the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the provision of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). The designation is required for the application of the HERO Act…

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New York Expands Paid Leave Law

Under new governor Kathy Hochul, who took over in the Empire State upon the resignation of her predecessor Andrew Cuomo for sexual harassment, New York continues to tighten requirements on businesses. Last week, we advised that New York had extended the COVID designation as a communicable disease thereby extending the state’s HERO Act provisions. This…

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New York Extends COVID Designation

As it did just about one month ago, the state of New York has again reaffirmed the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the application of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). Public Health Commissioner Howard Zucker first declared the coronavirus a “highly…

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New York Mandates Retirement Plans

New York Governor Kathy Hochul last week signed AO3213A into law thereby mandating that private employers with 10 or more employees who do not provide a retirement savings plan must automatically enroll their workers in the New York State Secure Choice Savings Plan. The Secure Choice Savings Plan was first filed in 2015 and ultimately…

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Attacking the Tip Credit

Massachusetts lawmakers are now considering legislation that would phase out the state tipped minimum wage and mandate one uniform minimum wage by 2028. Under the legislation filed by Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (Pittsfield), the current tipped worker wage of $5.55 (and slated to rise to $6.75 by 2023) would be phased out as the tipped wage…

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New York COVID Designation, HEROES Act Extended

Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Public Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD has extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby continued the implementation of the HERO Act. Under the state’s Health and Essential Rights (HERO Act) Act, all employers must implement workplace safety plans establishing procedures…

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NY Governor Triggers HEROES Act

When New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on the Labor Day holiday that the state Commissioner of Health had issued a designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease”, the announcement triggered the state HEROES Act and along with it, a host of additional obligations on the state’s employers. The HEROES Act,…

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Governor Expands New York Recovery Grant Program

Newly installed New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week that she was expanding the eligibility to the state $800 million small business recovery grant program to allow businesses with 2019 revenues up to $2.5 million to qualify for the grant program. The Pandemic Business Recovery Initiative, which was initiated under former Governor Andrew Cuomo,…

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