Tag Archives: Compliance Services

Available Now from HR Works: Updated Web-Based NYS Harassment Training

HR Works is pleased to announce an update to the New York State Harassment Prevention Trainings for Employees and Managers within our online Learning Management System (LMS), in response to the launch of New York’s free and confidential hotline that provides legal advice to individuals experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.   During the web-based training, users […]

New York Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements

It is that time of year again! With Andrew Cuomo stepping down following an investigation into harassment allegations against him, it is a good time to remind New York (NY) employers that sexual harassment prevention training needs to be conducted annually. Employers also need to keep in mind that all newly hired employees need to […]

Special Alert: It’s Time to Take Those HERO Act Plans Off the Shelf

On Monday, September 6, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under New York State’s HERO Act (Act).  As a result of this designation, all covered employers are now required to implement their workplace safety plans. The NY Department of Health (DOH) issued an order to reflect this […]

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 […]

DOL Will Allow Portions of the Tip Rule to Take Effect April 30

On December 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule was scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2021; however, on February 26, 2021, the DOL delayed the rule’s effective date to April 30, 2021. After […]

DOL Proposes to Rescind Independent Contractor Rule

On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposal to rescind the Independent Contractor final rule. The rule was originally published in January, but its effective date has been delayed as the result of a freeze the Biden administration ordered on regulatory changes adopted late into the previous administration.  The independent contractor final rule would require employers to […]

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Reporting Begins April 26

After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 considering the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on March 29, 2021 the portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 will open on April 26, 2021. The […]

New York’s New Recreational Marijuana Law

On March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older. With the passage of the new law, New York joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational cannabis. Under the new law, employers may continue to enact and enforce policies prohibiting marijuana in the workplace. […]