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Plan Now For Reopening to Avoid Employee Claims Later.pdfOn May 4, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that as regions begin to reopen, businesses must have a reopening plan that will include certain measures to help lower the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infections. The reopening plan must address: An adjustment of workplace hours and arrangements, if needed, to reduce workplace density; The implementation of workplace social distancing measures; The [...]

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Received PPP Funding - Now What.pdfWith PPP funds now issued, employers are starting to bring employees back to work. This process is not always easy, however, and many employers are faced with the possibility that employees will refuse to return to the workplace. So, what to do if an individual refuses to come back to work? What impact will that refusal have on an employer’s PPP loan forgiveness? On May 3, 2020, the Department of Treasury confirmed that while employers must meet the [...]

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants, Alleging Risk to U.S. Labor Market.pdfOn Wednesday, April 22, 2020 the President issued a “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” The Proclamation takes effect at 11:59 PM EDT tonight, has a duration of 60 days, and will expire on June 22 if not renewed. It can be read in its entirety at [...]

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Case Law Update - Real Property Taxation of Renewable Energy.pdfUnder Section 487 of the Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”), real property which includes solar, wind, or other renewable energy systems (a “Renewal Energy System”) is exempt from real property taxation to the extent of any increase in value attributable to the presence of the Renewable Energy System on the property.[1] Local municipalities and school districts may adopt a resolution opting out of this exemption [...]

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Medical Examinations and Temperature Testing of Employees.pdfThe following is a summary of issues and guidance related to the ability of employers to make medical inquiries and/or administer medical examinations of employees in the unprecedented circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We note that this guidance may change, as circumstances change in an employer’s community and in the world.Medical InquiriesAn employer’s ability to make medical inquiries of employees [...]

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