New York state now requires all health care workers to receive a COVID-19 booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible. An individual is considered eligible for the booster five months after receiving the second shot in a two-dose regime (either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or two months after receiving the J&J single dose

On December 6, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private-sector employers in the City. Under the mandate of the Department of Health, New York City businesses, regardless of size, must ensure that employees who work in-person receive at least one dose of the vaccine by December

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed S.B. 4394, an amendment of Section 740 of the New York Labor Law that amounts to a significant expansion of safeguards for whistleblowers. Effective January 26, 2022, the new law broadens the definition of retaliation, creates new notice and reporting requirements, extends certain protections to former employees and

As we discussed in an earlier related blog post, effective March 31, 2021, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”) legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults who are 21 and older and amended New York Labor Law 201(d), among other revisions, to prohibit employers from discriminating against an employee for such employee’s

On Nov. 1, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed an amendment to the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (the “PFL”) expanding the definition of “family member” for the purposes of the PFL to include biological or adopted siblings, half-siblings, and step-siblings. The current definition of “family member” covers children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren,

This week the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use among people age 16 and older. Within just hours of that announcement, a string of employers private and public alike began declaring their intentions to put mandatory vaccination policies in place. Among the most notable early actors

On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued updated guidelines for employers seeking to implement office-wide policies requiring their employees to get vaccinated. Although vaccines are now widely available, many employers have been unsure about whether and to what extent they are permitted to mandate vaccinations.

The updated guidelines clarify that