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HR Alert: NY Bans Inquiries into Social Media Accounts

| Lisa Coppola |
Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a new bill into law that prohibits employers from requesting, requiring, or coercing an employee or applicant to disclose information relating to their personal social media accounts. …

HR Alert: Proposed NYS Pay Transparency Regs

If you’re an employer, you know just how important hiring is to the health of your organization. The hiring process has yet another layer of intricacy for employers with the New York State Pay Transparency Law. New York em…

HR Alert: Fostering & Maintaining Good Workplace Mental Health

| Lisa Coppola |
Earlier this month, we discussed the impact that jobs can have on employees, specifically the great influence managers have on their employees. And we were asked this important question:  what can we do? There are several …

HR Alert: The Breastfeeding Regs Are Here

| Lisa Coppola |
Anticipating a breastfeeding employee in your workforce anytime soon? You’re in luck. The long-awaited guidance finally is here: both federal and State agencies have graced employers with guidance on accommodating nu…

HR ALERT: New Requirements for NY Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies

The New York Department of Labor (DOL) made some big changes this week when it updated its model sexual harassment policy. What does this mean? Well, sexual harassment policies at companies across the State now must be upd…

WNY Blizzard Opens the Door for Low-Interest Small Business Loans

| Lisa Coppola |
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers disaster assistance to small businesses through low interest loans. Due to the blizzard this past December, WNY businesses can apply for loans through the SBA. So far, on…

HR Alert: NY Employers Don’t Have to Share Personnel Files

Throughout an employee’s tenure at a company, they may request to see their personnel file. However, there’s no New York law that requires an employer to grant access to its employee’s personnel file. Likewise,…

Law Clerk Gives Back – Old Breed Rugby Club 2022

| Lisa Coppola |
The Old Breed Rugby Club was borne in 2005 from a group of about six Marines who decided they needed a way to commemorate their fallen brethren, Marine rugby players who had died in four years of war fighting. The Club has…

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

| Lisa Coppola |
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: NY DOL Issues PSL Fact Sheets (Happy New Year!)

| Lisa Coppola |
On December 28, 2020, New York State Department of Labor (DOL) published several so-called fact sheets concerning the brand new Paid Sick Leave (PSL), which employees are able to use beginning January 1, 2021.  The fact sh…
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