With growing infection rates statewide and outbreaks in a number of locations upstate and downstate, public health experts are sounding the alarm about the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19. Governor Cuomo is striking a balanced tone, warning of potential trouble ahead and urging continued compliance with public health restrictions while identifying the specific…

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On September 30th, the provisions of the New York Sick Leave Law (NYSSL) took effect. All employees began accruing sick leave as of September 30th; however, employees may not begin using the accrued sick leave until January 1, 2021. The new sick leave covers all employees. Full time, part time, seasonal, per-diem, and student workers…

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The September 30, 2019 – September 30, 2020 workers’ compensation insurance policy period has been completed, which means it is time to complete the payroll audit. NYSIF will be reaching out to all Safety Group 554 members on how to complete the audit this year. Due to COVID restrictions, all payroll audits will be completed…

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New York State Election Law (§ 3-110) imposes several requirements on employers. All employers, regardless of size, must allow an employee up to two hours, with pay, to vote if such employee is a registered voter and “does not have sufficient time outside of his or her scheduled working hours, within which to vote on…

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Starting November 2, the State Lottery is adjusting draw times for the Numbers, Win4, Take 5, Lotto, and Pick10 lottery games: Mid-day Numbers and Win4 draw time changes from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM Take 5, Numbers and Win 4 evening draws start at 10:30 PM (Current:  Numbers/Win 4 7:30 PM and Take 5 11:21…

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Senator Schumer and several of his colleagues have introduced the Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act, a comprehensive package of small business assistance from the House-passed HEROES 2.0 that would provide a broad mix of relief and investment for hard-hit and underserved small businesses. The bill includes the RESTAURANTS Act and the Save our Stages (SOS)…

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UPDATE (10/8/20) The State has posted this link where you can look up to see if you’re covered by the new cluster restrictions: https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home   The State has identified clusters of Covid-19 outbreaks in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, in Orange and Rockland Counties, and in Binghamton. To stop the spread…

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Court ruled from bench – written order to come. SLA likely to continue to enforce existing rules against all other businesses while they appeal. Sounds like this decision and federal ruling last week conflict and will need to be sorted out by further court action. Judge sides with Sportsmen’s Tavern, calls ban on live music…

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state has suspended liquor licenses for 16 additional bars and restaurants in New York State after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 217. Over the last week, the state’s multi-agency task force — led…

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Expanded indoor dining and a loosening of the restrictions on restaurants and bars does not appear to be in the cards anytime soon. The State Department of Health remains very concerned about the potential spread of Covid-19. A recent report from the CDC that found 40% of people who tested positive for Covid-19 had eaten…

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