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  • What Employers Need to Know About Amendments to New York City's Earned Safe and Sick Time Act

    On September 28, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law amendments to the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (the "ESSTA"). The purpose of the amendments is to align the ESSTA with New York State's new sick leave law (the "NYSSLL"). In some instances, the ESSTA imposes greater requirements than the NYSSLL on NYC employers. Both the ESSTA amendments and the NYSSLL went into effect on September 30, 2020. The amount of safe/sick time employees are eligible to accrue un…

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  • What Employers Need to Know About New York State's New Sick Leave Law

    New York State's new sick leave law (the "NYSSLL") went into effect on September 30, 2020. Under the NYSSLL, all employers are required to provide sick leave to employees. Beginning January 1, 2021, employees may use accrued leave under the NYSSLL. Leave under the NYSSLL can be used for: The employee's mental or physical illness, or injury, or diagnosis, care, treatment, or preventive care for employee's mental or physical illness or injury; A covered family member's mental or physical illn…

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  • CCBLaw Attorneys Listed in 2021 Best Lawyers, 2020 Super Lawyers, and 2020 Martindale-Hubbell

    Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC ("CCBLaw") is pleased to announce that its attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" edition, 2020 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition, and Martindale-Hubbell rating services. CCBLaw is currently the only law firm in Syracuse recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Health Care Law. CCBLaw is also ranked as Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Litigation – Labor & Employment, and Tier 2 Best…

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  • Supreme Court of the United States: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act Prohibits Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") issued a landmark decision, ruling that workplace discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including being transgender, is unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"). SCOTUS issued a consolidated opinion addressing three cases reflecting a split of opinion among the U.S. Courts of Appeals on this issue: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Alt…

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  • Employer Alert: New York State Bans Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions

    On November 8, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill meant to protect employees' reproductive health rights. Under the law, which became effective immediately, all New York employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee based on the employee's reproductive health decisions.  New York City employers should be aware that this law's requirements are in addition to New York City's similar reproductive health discrimination law that went into effect in May 20…

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  • CCBLaw Attorneys Listed in 2020 Best Lawyers, 2019 Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell

    Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC ("CCBLaw") is pleased to announce that its attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" edition, 2019 Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell rating services. Best Lawyers has designated CCBLaw as the Top Listed in Syracuse in Healthcare Law and also recognized the following CCBLaw attorneys individually: • Stephen H. Cohen – Healthcare Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law• Michael J. Comp…

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  • New York State's New Legislation Amends Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Laws

    On June 19, 2019, the New York State Legislature passed Assembly Bill A8421 / Senate Bill 6577, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on August 12, 2019. This legislation amends laws regarding sexual harassment and discrimination. Provisions of the new legislation go into effect on several dates. Effective August 12, 2019, employers must provide their employees, at the time of hiring and at the annual sexual harassment prevention training, written notice containing the employer's s…

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  • Remote Physiologic Monitoring In Light of Recent CMS CPT Codes and Clarifications

    In a world of expanding telemedicine and home healthcare, confidence in receiving adequate physician reimbursement for remote patient monitoring (RPM) services that has traditionally been less than ensured may now become a regular occurrence. Due to numerous factors including improved patient monitoring technology and communication software, an aging population and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) acknowledgement of transportation related hardships, as well as a general shi…

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  • An Amendment to the NYC Human Rights Law Will Protect Employees from Sexual and Reproductive Health Decision Discrimination

    Effective May 20, 2019, an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) will protect employees from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on their sexual and reproductive health decisions.  The amendment further expands the list of protected categories under the NYCHRL, and it applies to New York City employers with four or more employees. Under the NYCHRL, “sexual and reproductive health decisions” are defined as “any decision by an individual to receive service…

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  • Employers Need to Comply with New Sexual Harassment Laws

    New legislation in New York State and New York City pertaining to workplace sexual harassment will require employers to revise their policies, training and procedures, employee handbooks, and agreements. All employers with at least one employee are subject to the New York State law, and New York City employers with at least 15 employees are also subject to the New York City Law. Effective October 9, 2018, all employers in New York State will be required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention po…

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  • CCBLaw Attorneys Listed in 2019 Best Lawyers and 2018 Super Lawyers

    Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC ("CCBLaw") is pleased to announce that its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" edition and the 2018 Super Lawyers rating service. Best Lawyers has recognized CCBLaw attorneys Stephen H. Cohen, Michael J. Compagni, and Marc S. Beckman for Health Care Law; Laura L. Spring for Litigation – Labor and Employment; Andrew Knoll for Litigation – Health Care; and Cohen for Employee Benefits…

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  • Employer Alert: New York State's New Sexual Harassment Laws

    On April 12, 2018, New York State passed a budget bill that includes components aimed at combating sexual harassment in the workplace. These new laws will affect all employers in New York State. Effective immediately, the New York Human Rights Law's (NYHRL) prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace has been expanded to apply to non-employees, including independent contractors, consultants, vendors, subcontractors, and individuals providing services pursuant to a contract. An employ…

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