NYC Employment Law Blog

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The Risk of Employment Litigation in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a tectonic shift in the employment landscape that may result in a wave of litigation alleging employers violated existing labor laws and the recently enacted coronavirus leave law. If you believe your employment rights have been violated, you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer. The New Normal While employees […]


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Clearing Pandemic Hurdles as Employers Reopen

As states begin allowing businesses to reopen, employers will face significant challenges on a number of fronts, including complying with wage-and-hour laws and administering COVID-19 tests to workers. The best way to navigate these challenging times is with the advice and guidance of an experienced employment lawyer. Businesses Ramping Up Operations While several states have […]


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New York City Pre-Employment Pot Test Ban Now in Effect

In April 2019, the New York City Council passed a law barring most employers from conducting marijuana tests on job candidates. The law went into effect on May 10, 2020. If you have been turned down for a job after taking a marijuana test, it takes a skilled employment lawyer to protect your rights. Marijuana […]


Paycheck Protection Program (COVID-19) pamphlet.

Businesses Taking PPP Loans Face Potential Liabilities

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide financial relief to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  PPP loans are intended to be used primarily for payroll costs; however, given the complex and evolving […]


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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 […]


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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 […]



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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 […]


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 […]


FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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 […]


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