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  • August 10, 2022 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    In Governor Hochul’s briefing last Wednesday 8/3/22, she announced the start of the Healthcare Worker Bonus program. This year’s state budget allocated $1.3 billion for health care worker bonuses meeting certain criteria including making under $125,000 and remaining in the position for six months.

    The eligible employers have been identified and the state has launched an online portal for employers (Portal: https://www.nysworkerbonus.com/#/).

    DOH has new webpage with additional information at: https://health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/providers/hwb_program/index.htm

    Please find the press release issued by Governor’s Office and the FAQ document posted by DOH linked below.

    GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES NEARLY 1,000 NEW FUTURE NURSES AS PART OF ONGOING EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN AND BOLSTER NEW YORK STATE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE[15].docx

    hwb_program_faq[94][79].pdf

    If you have questions, please reach out and let us know or call the HWB Call Center at 1-866-682-0077. The operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

  • August 09, 2022 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    By Littler Mendelson on August 8, 2022

    Governors and public health officials across the country implemented stringent mitigation measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. As COVID-19 case rates fluctuate, face coverings are not uncommon as a preventative measure. Numerous jurisdictions have encouraged—or mandated—citizens to wear face coverings when out in public, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained effectively. Some directives also obligate employers to provide masks to their employees.

    This post, last updated August 8, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. (Central), identifies the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required. We will update this list periodically, as pertinent developments arise.

    Note that this list does not include face covering guidance at the local level. If you would like more information, please contact your Littler attorney for additional resources that summarize such requirements at both the state and local level.

    Employers interested in related information may wish to consult our article identifying statewide reopening and mitigation protocols.

    Access the full article and list of state requirements here


  • August 08, 2022 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    Although MPV is less easily transmitted than COVID-19, there are several considerations employers may want to consider in terms of addressing positive MPV cases in the workplace.

    1. Safety Prevention Plans:

    While the CDC and state and local departments of health continue to study the rate and method of transmission of MPV, and as guidance continues to develop, employers may wish to take proactive measures to educate their employees and avoid misinformation in the workplace. These measures may include communicating to employees how MPV can be transmitted, encouraging employees to remain home when ill, and encouraging employees to take precautions to wash their hands and disinfect their work areas, and maintaining sanitizer and other disinfecting products to help ensure the safety of the workplace. Like COVID-19, plans may vary based on the workplace. For example, the CDC has issued specialized guidance for healthcare and congregate workplace settings: Infection Prevention and Control of Monkeypox in Healthcare Settings.

    2. Isolation When an Employee is Diagnosed With MPV:

    The CDC advises that individuals who have MPV should isolate and remain outside of the workplace for the duration of their illness, until all symptoms have resolved. This may last anywhere from two weeks to four weeks and may vary by individual.

    The CDC has not issued guidance for employers outside of healthcare and congregate setting workplaces.

    Employers with employees who test positive for MPV should encourage them to isolate and remain out from work, and to consult with their healthcare providers and local health departments. Local health departments around the country are tracking and issuing guidance on how to address cases of MPV. Employers should review applicable state and local paid leave laws to see if employees are entitled to paid leave due to MPV.

    3. Close Contact Notification and Quarantine:

    Other than for employers of healthcare and congregate care settings, the CDC has not issued any guidance regarding whether employers should notify employees who have had direct contact with someone positive for MPV while they were symptomatic, to encourage exposed employees to monitor themselves for symptoms. CDC’s guidance for exposure does not recommend quarantine at this time, provided that the exposed individuals remain asymptomatic. Instead, the guidance supports recommending exposed individuals monitor themselves for symptoms for up to 21 days and take their temperatures twice daily. Provided that exposed individuals remain asymptomatic, the CDC guidance states that exposed individuals may continue daily activities, including attending work or school.

    It is anticipated that local health departments will become involved in contact tracing when they are alerted by healthcare providers of an MPV diagnosis in their jurisdiction. Employers should check applicable state and local guidance and requirements for employer contact tracing obligations, if any. In the event contact tracing obligations apply, employers should be careful not to disclose the identity of the employee who is ill with MPV.

    4. EEO Considerations:

    Because one way that MPV can be spread is by sexual contact, employers may want to consider taking steps to avoid the stigma potentially associated with MPV and remind their employees of applicable anti-discrimination and harassment policies. Any policies or memos addressing MPV may want to include language that MPV can be acquired by all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

    5. ADA Considerations Regarding Protecting Confidentiality, Medical Inquiries, and Exams:

    Employers will want to keep in mind the confidentiality obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local law. Disability-related medical inquiries and medical examinations of current employees must be job-related and consistent with business necessity.

    Read the full article here
    National Law Review

  • August 06, 2022 12:29 PM | Anonymous

    Back in March 2021, when it wasn’t easy for many people to get an appointment for an inoculation against COVID-19, New York State created an incentive for employees to get vaccinated. A new provision was added to the Labor Law, requiring employers to provide paid leave time to employees to obtain each dose. As we previously noted, this statute was intended to sunset on December 31, 2022. However, as this year’s busy legislative session wound down, a bill extending the provision was delivered to Governor Kathy Hochul, who signed off on a 12-month extension of the law’s effective date, through December 31, 2023. Thus, New York employers will be required to provide their employees up to four hours of paid time off for each COVID-19 shot through (at least) the end of next year.

    Read more here on 

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  • August 03, 2022 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Starting on January 1, 2023, New York City employers that utilize artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making tools in their hiring practices will need to provide notice to applicants of the technology and conduct independent bias audits to ensure that these tools do not have a discriminatory impact on candidates

    Full article at: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/navigating-new-york-city-s-artificial-1566015/

    JD Supra

  • August 02, 2022 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Not very long ago, New York’s physicians and other health care workers were cheered as heroes for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. They risked their lives for their patients. They risked the lives of their loved ones as they provided this care.

    Many physicians were sickened, and some died. Countless physicians continue to wear the emotional scars from these overwhelming circumstances.

    However, the cheers are long forgotten.

    Now, the physicians of New York face a potential new disaster, due to a well-intentioned – but egregiously harmful – bill recently passed by the New York State Legislature.

    Read the full article here

  • August 01, 2022 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Employers with workers who test positive for COVID-19 should follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including its guidelines on quarantining and isolation, to minimize safety and legal risks, even though the guidance is somewhat complex.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) looks to the CDC as a source of guidance on what employers should do to keep workplaces safe, noted Jonathan Segal, an attorney with Duane Morris in Philadelphia and New York City. "OSHA could conclude that failure to comply with CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine violates OSHA's general duty clause," he said.

    Further, to the extent that an employer's failure to comply with OSHA guidance results in employee anxiety or fear, this could contribute to the risk of union activity, he added. "Union activity is accelerating, and health and safety is definitely a union-organizing issue," Segal said.

    In addition, an employee could bring a personal injury claim if the individual contracts COVID-19 at work due to close contact with an employee who should have been out of work based on CDC guidance. "While workers' compensation should bar the claim, the answer may vary from state to state," he said. "At a minimum, there is the cost and reputational risk of ugly litigation."

    Read the full article here

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  • August 01, 2022 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    In March 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation amending the New York State Human Rights Law to establish a sexual harassment hotline directly to the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR). The hotline (800-HARASS-3), which is now active, is intended to be staffed by pro bono lawyers experienced in counseling individuals on sexual harassment. Contact with the hotline does not constitute the filing of a harassment complaint, and individuals intending to file a complaint with the NYSDHR would still be required to follow existing procedures for doing so.

    Although further guidance to employers will be forthcoming, the amendment requires the NYSDHR to work with the Department of Labor to ensure that “information on the hotline is included in any materials employers must post or provide to employees.” Consequently, in addition to including information on workplace postings, employee policies and handbooks will need to be revised to inform employees of the hotline and its provision of free legal advice and counsel.

    The extent to which legal advice and counsel is provided remains to be seen, although the law prohibits the volunteer lawyers from soliciting individuals, who contact the hotline, for further representation.

    We will keep you informed on further developments related to this issue once further guidance is issued.

    Link to article here

    JD Supra

  • July 28, 2022 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    New York City health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan joined PIX11 on Wednesday to provide updates on the battles against both monkeypox and COVID-19.

    See the update on the PIX11 News YouTube channel here

  • July 28, 2022 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    The global breast reconstruction market is expected to expand at an annual growth rate of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030, per research conducted by Grand View Research. This was announced after the market was valued at $465.3 million in 2021.

    Growth in the industry comes from the increasing number of breast cancer patients and the availability of reimbursement policies on procedures. An increase in breast reconstruction procedures, as well as technological advancements, is expected to increase the market growth. 

    Read the full article here on 
    MedEsthetics


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