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January 26, 2022

HR Alert: New Law Expanding Employee Protection from Retaliation Takes Effect Today

Labor Law § 740, commonly referred to as New York’s Whistleblower Law, historically has provided protection to employees who report their employer’s unsafe practices. Generally, employers are prohibited from ta…

Free COVID-19 Home Tests

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Free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available for the asking. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has an easy-to-use website for ordering, which requires name and address only. You may choose to add your email a…

FDA Commits to Allow Doctors to Prescribe Abortion Pills via Telemedicine Visits

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On December 16, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committed to a new policy that allows patients to receive abortion pills by mail. Prior FDA policy required patients to go in person to obtain the pills from a c…

Hr Alert: How Long Do My Employees Need to Isolate and Quarantine Now?

It’s the question on everyone’s mind, it seems. And the answer is:  It depends (how’s that for a lawyerly answer?). In general, the period to isolate and quarantine has been reduced from 10 days to 5 days…

HR Alert: HERO Act Workplace Safety Committee Proposed Regulations

If you’re an employer subject to the New York HERO Act (and if you’re a private employer in New York State, you probably are), you should start preparing to comply with the Department of Labor’s newly-released …

New Law Increases Insurance Company Transparency

As 2021 came to a close, New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill, called the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act, which requires more transparency from insurance companies involved in litigation claims. Thi…

HR Alert: Required Workplace Monitoring Policy

In November, Governor Hochul signed into law an amendment to New York’s Civil Rights Law § 59 requiring all employers of whatever size (except the State or its political subdivisions) to give prior written notice if they i…
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