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NY HERO Act: All Employers Required to Adopt Plan by August 5, 2021

Earlier this year, New York lawmakers passed a comprehensive revamp of the State’s workplace health and safety laws, known as the HERO Act. The law is intended to “to protect employees against exposure and disease during a future airborne infectious disease outbreak.” WHAT’S REQUIRED: New York employers – regardless of size, industry, or location – […]

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COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA), and similar state continuation of coverage (mini-COBRA) programs. ARPA subsidies cover the full cost of COBRA or mini-COBRA premiums from April […]

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New York Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

New York has passed an expansive law to legalize recreational cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana). The law, called the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act, includes strong employment protections for off-duty use, effective immediately. The law adds cannabis to New York’s existing lawful off-duty conduct law but carves out a few exceptions. As a refresher, the lawful off-duty […]

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New York Enacts Vaccination Leave Requirement

New York now requires employers of all sizes to provide paid leave to employees who are getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The law took effect immediately and applies through December 31, 2022. Employees are entitled to take up to four hours of paid leave each time they get a COVID shot. For now, this means up […]

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