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HR Alert: Brand New Law Requires Time Off for CV19 Vaccine

On March 13, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (Labor Law § 196-c and Civil Service Law § 159-c) impacting all employers in New York. The new law allows public and private employees time off to receive the COV…

Changes to the PPP Application Procedure

On February 22, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced multiple changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in order to increase funding to small businesses and those who may not have had the ability to apply…

HR Alert: Employee Travel After COVID-19 Vaccination

As coronavirus vaccine distribution has started in New York State, you’re probably going to get a lot of questions from employees about whether they can travel out of the area without restrictions when they come back to wo…

HR Alert: What to Expect from the Biden Administration Agenda

With President Biden’s inauguration this week, his American Rescue Plan is an initiative to “change the course of the pandemic, build a bridge towards economic recovery, and invest in racial justice.” Costing $1.9 trillion…

HR Alert: Can You Require Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published guidance about mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.  One main takeaway is that employers are permitted to require employees to be vaccinated agains…

From Numbered Phases to Colored Zones: What Closures Will Affect Your Business

| Lisa Coppola |
On November 9th, many parts of Erie County were designated a Yellow Zone, and on November 18th, most of Erie County became a COVID-19 Orange Zone. These new terms came with more COVID-19-centered guidelines, all enacted to…

PPP Loan Forgiveness – A Small Biz Break. . . Finally!

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The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration jointly have released a simplified loan forgiveness application – so long as the loa was $50,000 or less. This should aid small businesses in getting their lo…

HR Alert: Double the Trouble, Double the Fun?

A Presidential Memorandum issued August 8th directed the Secretary of the Treasury to use his authority to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the employee’s share of Social Security tax for employees gene…

HR Alert: COVID-19 Changes to Federal Law

As we’ve written about before, the federal government’s worker-friendly legislative answer to the coronavirus was to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which became effective April 1, 2020…

HR Alert: Workers’ Compensation Benefits & COVID-19

Can an employee receive workers’ compensation benefits if she contracts COVID-19? Maybe. The answer to this question depends on the circumstances and is decided on a case-by-case basis. Here’s what New York employers need …
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