State Courts Overturns Mask Mandate – Governor Vows to Reverse

New York State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker struck down Governor Kathy Hochul’s statewide mask mandate for schools and public locations. We understand this to include restaurants, taverns, bars, etc.…
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Minimum Wage Increases Take Effect This Month

The minimum wage will increase throughout New York State, except in New York City at the end of the month. The minimum wage on Long Island and Westchester will increase…
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Temporary Permit, Licensing Transparency & Alternative Penalties Bills Signed

The Governor signed three bills into law this month designed to help applicants through the licensing process and provide a reduced penalty for certain administrative SLA violations: Temporary permit –…
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Statewide Ban on Expanded Polystyrene Foam Containers Starts

New York’s ban on expanded polystyrene foam containers and loose fill packaging, commonly referred to as ‘packing peanuts,’ begins Jan. 1, 2022. Initially, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)…
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NYS DOH Makes Mandate Posters Available

The New York State Department of Health has provided posters that can be used to clearly communicate your policy to your customers. They have made available posters for mandatory mask…
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State Posts Update to Mask Mandate FAQs – Answers Some Questions, Not Others

The New York State Department of Health has updated the Frequently Asked Questions: Proof of Full Vaccination or Mask Requirement for Businesses and Venues document to further clarify the requirements…
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Governor Announces Mask Mandate – FAQ’s Issued

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a statewide mask mandate requiring maks to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This statewide requirement…
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Update: Governor Announces Vaccine/Mask Mandate – FAQ’s Issued

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a press release announcing masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This is…
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State Liquor Authority to End Attorney Certification Program

The Members of the Liquor Authority voted to end the Attorney Certification Program in February 2022. This program, implemented by former Chairman Dennis Rosen in 2009, gave applications filed by…
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Campaign to Eliminate Tip Credit Gains New Support

The campaign to eliminate the tip credit and require food service workers to be paid the full minimum wage picked up the support of New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.…
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RNDC to Enter New York Market

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) is set to enter the New York market through a partnership with Opici Family Distributing. RNDC is the second largest wine & spirits wholesaler in…
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What Employees Need to Know About the NY Hero Act and Workplace Safety

Shayla Colon, Albany Times Union November 9, 2021   Employees who had to endure the painstaking process of filing a complaint to raise concerns about safety and health in the…
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