An Interview with Jennie Woltz of Woltz & Folkinshteyn, P.C. by Tara Campbell Lussier of Arrow

Listen to our own Jennie Woltz discuss leave rights, paid leave, mental health + perinatal medical diagnoses from the legal lens, breastfeeding rights, and bereavement rights with Tara Campbell Lussier, CEO & Co-Founder of Arrow, a full-service parenting support consultancy for families, employers and healthcare organizations. We are extremely grateful to be invited by ArrowContinue reading “An Interview with Jennie Woltz of Woltz & Folkinshteyn, P.C. by Tara Campbell Lussier of Arrow”

Breaking News: New York Legislature Seeks to Revoke NY Governor Cuomo’s Emergency Powers

On February 17, 2021, to assert legislative oversight over New York’s pandemic response, a proposed bill No. S04888 was introduced in the NY State Senate which seeks to revoke the extension of emergency powers granted to Cuomo related to the outbreak of COVID-19 early last year.

Special Edition: Recent Developments in Brief

In the recent weeks, a number of important developments have taken place in the labor and employment field, including new COVID19-related quarantine and safety updates, a freeze of previously adopted DOL rules concerning independent contractors, and a resolution of an important case out of Massachusetts relating to enforcement of dress code violations in the workplace. Read on for some key takeaways and predictions.

NY Employers Stay Tuned: New Biometric Privacy Law on the Horizon

The new year has already brought new compliance challenges to New York employers. Another one may be looming on the horizon. On January 6, 2021 a bi-partisan group of NY state legislators introduced A.B. 27, the Biometric Privacy Act. It is a virtual copy of the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008 (“BIPA”). Over the past dozen years since BIPA’s passage, Illinois has seen a slew of consumer and employee class actions alleging improper collection of biometric information by companies and employers. New York could be the next hot spot for these kinds of class action lawsuits.

New Biden Executive Orders Employers Should Know About

On January 20, 2021, during the first 24 hours of the new presidency, President Biden issued two sweeping executive orders that are likely to have implications for employers – and maybe all Americans – in the future. These two orders represent a significant “reset” to the momentum of the prior administration in the area of diversity and discrimination, and set the tone for a new administration’s policies and laws.

DOL Publishes Final Rule on Independent Contractor Test

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized a proposed rule clarifying the distinction between employees and independent contractors. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021. It is slated to take effect on March 8, 2021.  As we discussed on September 22, 2020, this new rule reaffirms andContinue reading “DOL Publishes Final Rule on Independent Contractor Test”

EEOC Weighs in on Application of Equal Employment Opportunity Laws to Workplace COVID-19 Immunizations

As the first COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming available for public use, employers across the US are fretting over whether to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations among their workforce. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) weighed in with much-anticipated guidance for employers considering their options.  Spoiler alert:  YES, employers may require COVID-19 vaccinations, butContinue reading “EEOC Weighs in on Application of Equal Employment Opportunity Laws to Workplace COVID-19 Immunizations”

NJ Employers – Get Ready for New COVID19 Safety Regulations!

On October 28, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed new executive order addressing COVID19 workplace safety.  Under Executive Order No. 192 (“EO 192”), beginning November 5, 2020, NJ employers who require or permit employees to work on-site must maintain certain COVID19-related protocols.  Also, EO 192 lays the groundwork for reporting and enforcement mechanisms forContinue reading “NJ Employers – Get Ready for New COVID19 Safety Regulations!”