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Published in National Law Review – What We Learned From COVID-19: Lease Agreements, Contracts, And Business Interruption Claims

To say that most businesses were not prepared for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic would be quite an understatement. Although several Asian countries had lived through and learned from the SARS and swine flu outbreaks, nobody was really prepared for what 2020 had in store. U.S. citizens hadn’t lived through anything remotely similar since the 1918 [...]

By |2021-07-13T14:46:05-04:00July 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Personal Liability Protections for Guarantors of Commercial Leases Expired on June 30, 2021

While New York State is in the process of lifting many COVID-19 related restrictions, the commercial eviction moratorium related to COVID-19 hardship is in effect through August 31, 2021 Protections for certain commercial lease guarantors, however, expired on June 30, 2021 These protections were initially put in place by the New York City Council under [...]

By |2021-07-13T14:25:39-04:00July 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DoL Retraction on Independent Contract Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

United States Department of Labor Retracts Clarification on Independent Contract Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act On January 6, 2021, the United State Department of Labor issued a clarification and “final rule,” which clarifies the difference between an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule has taken [...]

By |2021-06-18T13:50:11-04:00June 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What We Learned From COVID-19: Lease Agreements, Contracts, And Business Interruption Claims

To say that most businesses were not prepared for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic would be quite an understatement. Although several Asian countries had lived through and learned from the SARS and swine flu outbreaks, nobody was really prepared for what 2020 had in store. U.S. citizens hadn’t lived through anything remotely similar since the 1918 [...]

By |2021-05-06T10:05:40-04:00May 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York Employer Update: FFRCA Expiration and Employee Sick Leave Benefits

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, partially expired as of December 31, 2020. The Act required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons directly related to COVID-19. As of [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:31:06-05:00January 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Eviction and Foreclosure Law

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. The Act prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act also extends the Senior Citizens' Homeowner Exemption and Disabled Homeowner Exemption and adds to New York State's efforts to [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:31:06-05:00January 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sick Leave Policy: An Update for Employers

Effective September 30, 2020, all New York state employers are required to provide their employees with either 40 or 56 hours of sick leave as follows: i. Employers with 4 employees or fewer with a net income of less than $1 million in the previous tax year must provide employees at least 40 hours of [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:31:06-05:00September 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap in New York State

The New York State Department of Labor announced the implementation of a new law to further narrow the wage gap between male and female employees. This law takes effect on January 6, 2020, and prohibits both public and private employers from asking orally or in writing for job applicants to provide their wage or salary [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:31:06-05:00January 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York’s Updated Sexual Harassment Policy

A new legislative package requires that starting on October 9, 2019, employers in New York State must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceed the law’s minimum standards. The following minimum standards include: The policy must:    prohibit sexual harassment consistent with guidance [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:31:07-05:00September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments