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Littler | Back to Basics: New York State Mandates Masks in Indoor Public Places

On December 10, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that face masks must be worn in all indoor public places in New York State, effective December 13, 2021.  This measure was taken in response to a notable surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide, attributable to colder weather, increased holiday activity and the emergence of the more contagious Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.  The measure, which is supported by a determination from the commissioner of health, is effective through January 15, 2022,...
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Littler | New York City Council Passes Paid COVID-19 Child Vaccination Leave

On November 23, 2021, the New York City Council passed a bill amending its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act requiring all private-sector employers to provide their employees with four hours of paid COVID-19 child vaccination leave for each of their children, per vaccine injection, retroactive to November 2, 2021. The approved bill is now before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and will take effect immediately upon his signature. What does the law require? The amendment requires private employers covered by...
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Littler | New York Dramatically Expands Whistleblower Rights

New York has historically been known as a bedrock of employment-at-will.  Its legislature and courts were long resistant to permitting exceptions to this doctrine, such as by recognizing public policy “wrongful dismissal” lawsuits outside the statutory prohibitions against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation set forth in the state Human Rights Law. In recent years, though, New York has significantly expanded legal protections for private-sector employees.  For instance, the #MeToo era led to sex harassment law reforms, and the legislature has expanded...
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Governor Hochul Announces Construction Start at Largest Green Hydrogen Plant in North America

$290 Million Electricity Substation and Green Hydrogen Fuel Production Facility in Genesee County Significant Investment in Green Hydrogen to Support State's Clean Energy Goals, Will Create up to 68 Jobs at State-of-the-Art Facility Project Represents First Build at the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park in the Town of Alabama Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that leading alternative energy technology provider Plug Power has begun construction on...
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Littler | New York Updates Its Model HERO Act Plan Regarding Face Covering Requirements

On September 23, 2021, the New York State Department of Labor updated its requirements for face coverings contained in its model airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plan.  The update requires immediate review and possible revision of plans adopted pursuant to the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act. The key change in the revised model plan is the loosening of the face-covering requirements for employees in workplaces where all individuals on the premises are vaccinated.  In that circumstance, face coverings...
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In Advance of Climate Week 2021, Governor Hochul Announces New Actions to Make New York’s Transportation Sector Greener, Reduce Climate-Altering Emissions

Governor Signs Legislation (A.4302/S.2758) Establishing 2035 Goal for All New Passenger Cars and Trucks Sold in New York to be Zero Emissions. Directs DEC to Release Draft Regulation to Reduce Air Pollution from Trucks, Require Truck Manufacturers to Sell Zero-Emission Trucks. Governor Kathy Hochul today announced new actions to reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector. The Governor signed legislation (A.4302/S.2758), setting a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State...
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Littler | NYC Mandates Retirement for All

New York City employers that do not offer their own retirement savings plans to employees will soon be required to do so. Two recently enacted New York City laws (Bill Nos. 888-A and 901-A, collectively the “Retirement Security for All” acts), will require private-sector employers with five or more employees to enroll eligible New York City employees in either their own plan or in a city-managed retirement savings plan. Who is Covered? A covered employer is any person or entity that employs five or more...
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Troutman Pepper | New York City Enacts Biometrics Law for Food and Drink Establishments, Entertainment Venues, and Retail Stores

New York City’s Biometric Identifier Information Law goes into effect July 9. The law applies to food and drink establishments, places of entertainment, and retail stores in New York City that collect, retain, convert, store, or share biometric identifier information (e.g., retina or iris scans, fingerprints, voiceprints, and hand scans) from customers. According to the law, affected businesses must post clear, conspicuous notices near all customer entrances to their facilities. The law gives aggrieved customers a private right of action, subject...

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