Yesterday, April 22, 2020, the New York City Council introduced a broad COVID-19 legislative relief package with measures aimed at protection of tenants, small businesses, the homeless, and essential workers.

Of particular interest for New York City employers is the legislation’s inclusion of an “Essential Workers Bill of Rights,” which includes the following general components:

In an executive order signed last weekend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered that, for all “essential” businesses or entities, any employees present in the workplace must wear “face coverings” when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.  The order provides that the businesses must provide such face coverings to employees at

On April 6, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published a set of regulations in the Federal Register implementing the paid sick leave and emergency family medical leave expansion provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The regulations are effective through December 31, 2020.

As discussed in our previous blog posts,

In follow-up to our recent blog post concerning the House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 6201, late yesterday the Senate passed a modified version of the legislation by a vote of 90 to 8, and President Trump then quickly signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law.

The final version of the FFCRA

The federal government is actively working to adopt the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law in an effort to help combat the current COVID-19 health pandemic sweeping our nation.  While the final text and application of the anticipated legislation remains subject to debate and revisions, the current version of the FFCRA (which was