COVID-19 has upended the nature of work. Employees are burnt out and disengaged after months of dealing with increased workloads, altered business strategies, and ambiguity. Parents are camped out at the kitchen table, trying to concentrate on work while their children are remote learning beside them. Essential workers are servicing their community while wearing masks…

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September 28, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed legislation amending the City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA) to align more closely to the New York State Paid Sick Leave law (NYPSL). The changes became effective on September 30, 2020. Important Note: The amendments to ESSTA require employers to note on…

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With the November 3, 2020, general election one month away, New York employers must remember that New York’s Election Law grants employees working in New York paid time off to vote and imposes specific, time-sensitive posting requirements. Less than a year after expanding its Election Law, New York State returns to its prior requirement that…

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On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for employers to use. The DOL also published a Request for Information (RFI)…

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There has been an increase in jurisdictions adopting “salary history bans,” like the salary history bans we have discussed in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cincinnati, Ohio.  With recent legislation, the state of Maryland will soon join the list of jurisdictions with restrictions on an employer’s ability to ask about an applicant’s salary…

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