Category Archives: Blog Post

Are You Paying Your New York Employees Timely?

All New York (NY) employers should be mindful of Section 191 of the state’s Labor Law which determines how often employees must be paid. Over the years, we have encountered employers who have chosen a specific pay frequency that aligns with their business needs and not necessarily the law. Additionally, many employers who use the services of […]

Strategies to Re-engage Your Workforce After COVID-19

The pandemic has brought a significant amount of change to the workplace, resulting in employers needing to actively re-engage their workforce using effective change management strategies and crisis communication principles. Below we have outlined a few ways you can apply these strategies to address the impacts the past year has had on your organization and […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions for Employers

Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19. At this time, anyone 16 or older in New York State can get a first dose COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at any state-run mass vaccination site. According to the CDC, the vaccines are safe, effective, reduce the risk of severe […]

DOL Issues Model Notices and FAQs for COBRA Subsidy Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued FAQs and model notices for the COBRA premium assistance provisions of the ARPA. The ARPA provides a 100% subsidy for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under COBRA and similar state continuation of coverage programs. The subsidy applies from April 1 through September 30, 2021. The notices and FAQs appear […]

OSHA Releases COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) for COVID-19. OSHA establishes NEPs when it identifies a need to focus its resources to address hazards and high-hazard industries. This NEP will remain in effect for one year until March 12, 2022, but OSHA can amend or cancel the program […]

Updated Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State

The state has issued updated guidance on the Travel Advisory. Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. Symptomatic travelers […]

ICE Announces Extension for Temporary Flexibility for I-9 Compliance to May 31

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that I-9 flexibility will be continued for another 60 days, until May 31, 2021. With this extension, ICE specifically noted that employees hired on or after April 1, 2021 who work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 related precautions will be exempt from the I-9 physical inspection requirements […]