July 02, 2021 Client Memo re NYS COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Law
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
On July 1, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation prohibiting New York public employers from retaliating against public employees for COVID-19-related absences. Pursuant to the new law, public employers are prohibited from dismissing, disciplining or taking other adverse personnel actions against an employee, “including designating the employee as chronically absent,” because that “employee uses sick leave or compensatory time to quarantine, convalesce, seek medical treatment, or engage in other activities related to a COVID-19 diagnosis or contact.” The law takes effect immediately and is retroactive to March 1, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding this law, or how it affects your employees’ current or prospective COVID-19-related absences, please contact Alyssa Zuckerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of our other attorneys at 631-694-2300.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
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