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    Scott Humphreys is a litigation associate practicing in the areas of labor and employment, and environmental law. Prior to joining Connell Foley, Scott was a law clerk to the Hon. Sallyanne Floria, A.J.S.C. of the Superior Court of ...

CDC Announces New Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On February 11, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered its prior COVID-19 quarantine guidelines with the release of revised public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Specifically, a vaccinated person with an exposure to someone ...

New OSHA Workplace Guidance on COVID-19

On January 29, 2021, in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.

The stated intent of the ...

NYDOL Issues Updated COVID-19 Sick Leave Guidance for New York Employers

As an update to our previous alert, the New York State Department of Labor (NYDOL) issued updated guidance pertaining to New York State’s COVID-19 sick leave and job protection law (the Law). The Law calls for a maximum benefit of either 5 or 14 days of paid leave, or possibly only ...

Impact of the Federal Stimulus Bill on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect on April 1, 2020, mandated in part that employers with fewer than 500 employees provide 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees unable to work due to certain interruptions imposed by COVID-19. Mandatory FFCRA compliance ...

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 ...

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 ...

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