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Sexual Harassment Obligations and the Remote Workplace

May 14, 2020 by Jacob S. Claveloux
For many employers in New York State, the move to virtual workplaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created all sorts of new responsibilities and issues to manage. One issue that should not get lost in the shuffle is the responsibility to continue to comply with the expanded sexual harassment responsibilities that were mandated throughout the state in 2018. That expansion of the sexual harassment laws in New York… Read More.

PPP Update

May 14, 2020 by Benjamin E. Cain
UPDATE: On May 13, 2020, the SBA released new guidance, via FAQ #46, on how it will evaluate a borrower’s good-faith certification regarding the economic necessity of its loan request. The SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, determined that any borrower, together with its affiliates, which receives a PPP loan with an original principal amount of less than $2 million “will be deemed to have made… Read More.

CARES Act and the PPP

May 7, 2020 by Benjamin E. Cain
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) announced an extension of the deadline to return any loan received under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). Previous SBA guidance and regulations had provided that applicants who applied for PPP loans prior to April 24, 2020 had until May 7, 2020 to return the loan in full in order to be deemed to have made the required economic necessity certification… Read More.

New York State Sick Leave and COVID-19

May 4, 2020 by Jacob S. Claveloux
After initially passing temporary sick leave protection for workers affected by COVID-19 in March, the New York State Legislature followed those temporary and limited protections with the passage of mandatory sick leave for workers throughout the state through an amendment to the New York Labor Law, signed into law by governor Cuomo on April 4, 2020. The new law mandates that all employers in New York State provide at… Read More.

Press Release

April 7, 2017
In a decision and order dated April 3, 2017, New York State Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia, determined that the New York City Department of Education’s (“DOE”) Gifted and Talented (“G&T”) appeals policy is completely irrational and patently unfair, leaving the tens of thousands of New York City schoolchildren who take the G&T entrance exam each year without Constitutional due process protections to challenge… Read More.

Overtime Rule Halted, But Don’t Be So Quick to Avoid Reclassifying Your Employees

January 9, 2017 by Jacob S. Claveloux
By now, most employers are aware that the United States’ Department of Labor’s (DOL) new federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476 annually has been halted, as a result of a decision by Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in a Nov. 22, 2016 ruling, Read More.
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