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EEOC Says Employers May Test Employees for COVID-19

On April 23, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coronavirus. The EEOC previously announced that employers who are covered by the ADA could check their employees’ temperature to determine whether they have a fever. Now, the agency has clarified that employers may also screen […]

  • Posted on: Apr 30 2020
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The Impact of Telecommuting During the COVID-19 Pandemic on ADA Accommodation Cases

Although the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees so that they can perform their job duties, the courts have generally been reluctant to consider allowing employees to work from home an accommodation under the ADA.  Now, the embrace of teleworking for office workers by businesses in response to […]

  • Posted on: Apr 23 2020
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U.S. Supreme Court Expands Protections Against Age Discrimination for Federal Workers

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) allows federal employees to file a lawsuit over any age bias that influences an adverse employment action, not just when age bias is the determining factor in an employment decision.   Whether this ruling will be expanded to cover workers in […]

  • Posted on: Apr 9 2020
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New York Strengthens Worker Protections for Paid Sick Leave Beyond COVID-19

In March, New York enacted legislation guaranteeing coronavirus-related paid sick time. Now, lawmakers have gone a step further by mandating paid sick leave for most workers. If you believe you have been denied paid sick leave, it takes a highly skilled employment lawyer to protect your rights. New Paid Sick Leave Requirements in New York […]

  • Posted on: Apr 2 2020
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Unemployment Benefits & COVID-19

New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Because of the increased unemployment applications, New York state is implementing a filing system based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name. You should visit the […]

  • Posted on: Mar 24 2020
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has moved relatively quickly. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) is the first and likely not the past piece of legislation to address this ever-growing and changing pandemic.  Effective April 1, 2020, the Act expands the eligibility and […]

  • Posted on: Mar 20 2020
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Just as the federal government is addressing this, the State of New York is enacting legislation to address how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting employees. On March 18, 2020, New York State enacted the Quarantine Leave Law (“Law”). The Law provides for additional paid and unpaid leave, and expands the state’s paid family leave and […]

  • Posted on: Mar 20 2020
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Governor Murphy Announces Legislation to Revamp New Jersey Workplace Harassment Laws

In February, Governor Murphy unveiled legislation to overhaul the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The bill was the result of a two-year review of the state’s discrimination laws by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). “It’s time for New Jersey to reject the norms of yesterday that overlooked workplace harassment and discrimination […]

  • Posted on: Mar 19 2020
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Lipsky Lowe LLP – COVID-19

As employment lawyers sensitive to the needs of employees and executives, Lipsky Lowe is closely following the progress of the global COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to take steps to protect the health and safety of our lawyers and families, we are also continuing to provide the highest level of service to our clients. While […]

  • Posted on: Mar 17 2020
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Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years For Sexual Assault and Rape

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for raping a woman and sexually assaulting another. During the trial, Weinstein’s lawyers attempted to argue that the sexual encounters were consensual. The jury didn’t buy it, however, finding that Weinstein abused his power and committed rape.  “Weinstein verdict and sentencing confirm […]

  • Posted on: Mar 11 2020
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