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November 2020 New York HR Legal Updates

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New York Employers Required to Send Additional Warn Notices

What happened?
On November 11, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) A10674a.

What are the details?
Effective immediately AB A1067a requires employers to send out WARN triggered notices to additional governmental agencies. The new agencies are as follows:

  • The chief elected official of the unit or units of local government and the school district or districts in which the WARN even will occur; and
  • Each locality that provides police, firefighting, emergency medical or ambulance services or other emergency services to the site of employment where the WARN event is occurring.

The regulation currently does not provide what exactly needs to be included in the notices sent to these local governmental bodies. Until, if ever, the regulations are updated with information regarding the content of the notices, employers have been advised to simply send notices that provide the same information that would be required for a federal WARN notice.

An article covering this new regulation can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers with medium to large amounts of employees within New York State should review the above information and update their WARN practices accordingly.

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REMINDER: New York and New York City Paid Sick Leave Laws Effective January 1, 2021

What happened?
Both New York State and New York City will have paid sick leave laws going into effect on January 1, 2021.

What are the details?
New York State will be implementing its new statewide paid sick leave program. New York City will be implementing its amendments that will cause the city-wide paid sick leave program to mirror almost exactly, the New York State paid sick leave program.

An article covering New York States paid sick leave program can be found here.

An article covering New York City’s paid sick leave amendments can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
New York employers should remember to update their workplace practice ahead of time to stay in compliance upon the effective date of these laws.

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