COVID-19 - What Else!

Like it or not, COVID is on all of our minds and affects the workplace in so many more ways than we can describe here.  In lieu of attempting to fit pages and pages of employment law legislation into this small box, we thought we would simply outline the major areas you need to be aware of.  They are:

  • New York State Paid Sick Leave

  • New York State expanded disability benefits

  • New York State expanded paid family leave benefits

  • New York State unemployment - waiver of 7-day waiting period

  • Federal unemployment changes.  Employees to receive $600 a week in addition to their NYS unemployment benefits; will be paid through New York State

  • Federal paid sick leave

  • Federal expansion of some of the FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act provisions

Implementing New Laws

There are many things to keep in mind when implementing these new laws.  Following are a few brief highlights.  Please be careful of misinterpreting some of the stuff you hear in the media, or hear through the grapevine, or attending just one seminar.

  • In cases where both a federal and state law come into play at the same time, the law that is the most beneficial to the employee prevails

  • Employers of less than 50 employees may be exempt from some of the provisions of the federal law

  • Employees are not entitled to benefit from either law if their reason for staying home is just because they are concerned.  Benefit entitlement is for reasons allowed and documented by the law

  • Flexibility is important during this challenging time.  It will end, so do the right thing in the meantime.



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