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New York City Amends the Earned Sick and Safe Time Act

The New York City Earned Sick and Safe Time Act (“ESSTA”) was amended on September 28, 2020. This law now aligns the ESSTA with the earned sick leave law recently promulgated under New York State law.

The ESSTA amendments are effective as of September 30, 2020, and require employers ...

Getting Rid of the “Once in, Always in” Policy –EPA Finalizes Rule Allowing Flexibility in Reclassifying a Facility’s Hazardous Air Polluter Status

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that will now allow facilities classified as “major source” polluters under the Clean Air Act the flexibility to reclassify their status as less prolific polluters. The EPA believes the new rule will ...

Governor Murphy Expands Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Essential Employees Infected with COVID-19

On September 14, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law S-2380, making it easier for “essential employees” who contract COVID-19 while working away from home to pursue workers’ compensation benefits claims.

The new law is retroactive to March 9, 2020, when Governor Murphy ...

USDOL Revises and Clarifies Final Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On August 3, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that certain aspects of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Final Rule were invalid.  As a result, on September 11, 2020, the USDOL issued a revised Final ...

Newly Published Notice Triggers Permit Extension Act Registration Deadline

On September 8, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a notice indicating that all State and local approvals eligible for extension under the Permit Extension Act of 2020 (the Act) — not just eligible NJDEP approvals—must be registered with ...

IRS Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Program

On August 28, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance on President Trump’s payroll tax deferral program. The program, announced in an August 8, 2020 Executive Order, began on September 1, 2020 and permits employers not to withhold and pay a qualified employee’s ...

USDOL Issues New FFCRA Guidance in Advance of New School Year

On August 27, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“USDOL”) issued new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) guidance pertaining to the reopening of schools. Specifically, the USDOL released three additional FAQs in anticipation of the varying ...

Is It Time to Ask for Forgiveness for Your PPP Loan?  A New FAQ Provides Guidance About Timing and Calculations on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new FAQ guidance regarding loan forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. SBA’s interim rules and FAQs, along with forms, are available at ...

Final Rule Issued Regarding Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act

This week, the White House Council for Environmental Quality issued a final rule revising how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in reviews of environmental projects and permitting application. Business groups believe that the final rule will streamline the ...

Legislative Efforts to Mandate Retroactive Business Interruption Coverage for COVID-19 Losses

First-party commercial insurance policies generally do not provide insurance coverage for COVID-19 related business interruption losses because there is no physical loss or damage and because the policy may contain a virus exclusion.

On June 22, 2020, the National Association of ...

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