NYS Enacts Several Laws Affecting Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace

On March 16, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law three bills that affect the sexual harassment claim landscape in New York State.  Several additional laws are pending in the NYS Legislature and, if passed, will have additional consequences for employers’ defenses against sexual harassment and discrimination claims by NYS employees. Bill No.Continue reading “NYS Enacts Several Laws Affecting Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace”

Making 2022 Easier: Leave Administration in Nine Simple Steps!

Leave administration can be an arduous undertaking with so many potentially overlapping leave benefits available to employees. Use the tool below to make leave administration analysis easier at your workplace. As always we are here for you if you have questions!

In Case You Missed It: New York City Closes Out 2021 with New Laws

In the weeks leading up the new year, NYC employers scrambled to comply with COVID-19-related orders and mandates, including the “vax-to-work” mandate, which became effective in New York City on December 27, 2021. But amidst the end-of-year chaos, the New York City Council was hard at work passing several amendments and new laws to furtherContinue reading “In Case You Missed It: New York City Closes Out 2021 with New Laws”

Confused about Vaccination and Mask Mandates in NY? We Got You Covered!

With new vaccine and masking mandates happening almost every day (it seems), it is hard for employers to stay on top of these developments. Woltz & Folkinshteyn, P.C. has put together a handy informational cheat sheet for New York employers. As always we are here for you if you have questions or need help implementingContinue reading Confused about Vaccination and Mask Mandates in NY? We Got You Covered!

New York Expands Whistleblower Protections for Employees in January 2022

Imagine this: You run a food delivery service. One day, you learn that a new operations consultant you recently contracted with to help with payroll has complained to the local health department and reported a suspected violation on your business.  Specifically, she has reported that the food your company produces and delivers to senior centersContinue reading “New York Expands Whistleblower Protections for Employees in January 2022”

NY DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Recreational Marijuana

On October 19, 2021, NY Department of Labor issued guidance concerning New York’s “lawful off duty conduct law,” Section 201-D of New York Labor Law, in light of NY’s recent legalization of marijuana under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”).  Generally, Section 201-D limits employers’ ability to take adverse action against employees who engageContinue reading “NY DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Recreational Marijuana”

Dr. A, et al. v. Hochul: Vaccine Mandate Must Allow for Religious Exemptions

While many courts have so far rejected vaccine mandate challenges, yesterday’s decision out of New York reverses that trend. Judge David Hurd of the Northern District of New York in Dr. A, et al. v. Hochul, 1:21-cv-01009-DNH-ML, issued a preliminary injunction yesterday, enjoining the NY Department of Health from enforcing the challenged emergency regulation §Continue reading “Dr. A, et al. v. Hochul: Vaccine Mandate Must Allow for Religious Exemptions”

NYS Designates COVID-19 a Highly Contagious Communicable Disease: Now What?

On September 6, 2021, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease. This designation sets into motion the operative requirements of the New York’s Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”). The Act, adopted in May of this year, required most New York employers to establish worksite exposureContinue reading “NYS Designates COVID-19 a Highly Contagious Communicable Disease: Now What?”

Webinar – Easing back into the Workplace

On August 11, 2021, our own Jennie Woltz had a great time time speaking with Jordana Rothschild MD, MPH, FACPM from Alpine Health and Dr. Juenara Washington from OneWall Communities about stress and the legal, employee relations as well as health risks in the work environment as employees go back to the office in person.Continue reading “Webinar – Easing back into the Workplace”