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    Michael Shadiack is the Chair of Connell Foley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Representing a broad spectrum of employers and management personnel in the private and public sectors, he provides litigation defense and ...

2021 Employer To-Do Checklist
  1. CONSIDER A TELECOMMUTING POLICY AND OFFSITE WORK LOCATION SAFETY CHECKLIST. Considering the Coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has had on normal business operations, employers may wish to adopt a flexible Telecommuting Policy that complements a phased-in return to the workplace ...
Updated Quarantine Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced updated COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. Notably, CDC announced two quarantine options for those who had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.  The quarantine period may end: (a) on day 10 if no ...

New York Provides Guidance on Sick and Safe Leave Laws

New York employers now have access to guidance regarding the implementation and scope of two laws, the “New York City Safe and Sick Leave Law” and the “New York State Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law.” The following summarizes the key points offered by the guidance for each of these laws.

New ...
New Jersey Imposes Workplace Requirements to Combat COVID-19

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 192 (the Order) on October 28, 2020. The Order applies to every business, non-profit, and governmental or educational entity in New Jersey and imposes strict requirements to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Order mandates ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

United States Supreme Court Expands Application of Title VII to Protect LGBTQ Employees

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court released a landmark decision regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Title VII is the federal anti-discrimination statute protecting employees from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and ...

COVID-19 Workplace Policies All Employers Should Consider Before Reopening

As businesses begin planning the reopening of their offices and operations, employers must be mindful that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a serious impact both on their business and employees. The “return to work” will not necessarily be a return to normalcy, at least not for ...

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