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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New York Budget Imposes New Taxes

The New York General Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo reached agreement on a spending plan for the current fiscal year that calls on several significant tax increases to balance the $212 billion spending plan. Notwithstanding billions of dollars coming in federal largesse from the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, New Yorkers will…

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Reversing Course on Liability Shields

Well, this item might not affect our smaller business subscribers, but it’s worth taking note of nonetheless. As businesses across the country continue to push for adoption of liability shield legislation relating COVID-19 lawsuits, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation repealing liability protections he granted health care facilities just last July! You…

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Updating Liability Shields

In the absence of a national policy limiting business liability against claims that stem from the coronavirus pandemic, more states are stepping up with limited liability protection to ensure that small businesses are not unfairly subjected to frivolous litigation. Most recently, the state of West Virginia became the latest state to put a law on…

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Other Important State Reminders

As we advised you a couple of weeks ago, the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act requires that employee contributions to the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority were to be deducted beginning January 1 and remitted to the state on a quarterly basis. Well, we want to remind you once again that the first quarterly payment…

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