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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Meet the New Governor, same as the Old Governor

At least on the issues of a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, there are few, if any, discernible differences between resigned former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his replacement, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Notwithstanding Hochul’s promises to be different from her disgraced predecessor, she praised Cuomo’s “strong legacy of accomplishment” and went…

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New York Heroes Act Trigger Date

New York put the HEROES Act on the books back in May of this year, but the new law has a number of different triggers that employers in the Empire State should be aware of. The first of those comes next Thursday, August 5, 2021, when employers are required to adopt a worker health and…

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Wage Changes with the Calendar

With the calendar turning to July yesterday, we want to be sure our subscribers take note of some of the changes that July brings. The minimum wage in three different states plus the District of Columbia increased as of July 1, 2021. New York isolates fast-food workers in particular and grants them special minimum wages.…

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Business Aid Program Launched

Notwithstanding constitutional and other issues with SBA programs designed to assist small businesses recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, some states are successfully launching assistance programs. New York is one example as the Cuomo administration announced the Small Business Pandemic Recovery Program last week and began accepting applications on June 10. The application process, which will…

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New York Launching Grant Program

As the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and Restaurant Revitalization Funds expire or run out of funds, New York will begin accepting applications on June 10 for what the state is calling the Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The grant program, proceeds from which must go to reimbursable pandemic related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020…

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New York Enacts Heroes Act

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Heroes Act into law but has delayed its effective date until the legislature adopts some “technical corrections” the Governor insisted upon. The law mandates that all employers in the Empire State – regardless of the number of employees – must adopt minimum health and safety requirement…

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Fair Workweek Survives Appeal

A New York state appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that validated the New York City Fair Workweek Law (FWWL).  The law, which was first enacted back in 2017, requires fast food employers to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of their work schedules, mandates “premium pay” for those instances when changes…

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