New York Launches Excelsior Pass to Provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Results

Excelsior Pass

New York has become the first state to launch a coronavirus passport app.  The Excelsior Pass provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. There are currently three types of Passes: COVID-19 Vaccination Pass (valid for 180 days after the final dose of the vaccine was administered, at which time a new … Read more

New York Legalizes Recreational Use of Cannabis and Provides New Protections for Employees


On March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York MarijuanaRegulation and Taxation Act. The new law legalizes the recreational use of marijuana products and prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on the legal use or possession of cannabis products while off duty and outside of the workplace.  The new law does carve … Read more

Webinar on June 3rd: Hiring and Onboarding in the Digital Age

In this webinar for @work with ALG subscribers, we will cover the following: Hiring Developing the Employment Application Selecting Candidates for the Initial Screening Process Conducting Interviews Managing Background Checks Preparing the Offer Onboarding Preparing for the New Employee -Pre-Boarding Executing the Orientation Process and Creating the Employee Handbook Conducting Onboarding @work Subscribers will be … Read more

Webinar on May 20th: Impact of the Shift to Remote Work and New Technologies on the Workplace

In this webinar for @work with ALG subscribers, we will: Discuss how new technologies will affect the workplace. Identify how these new technologies will affect your job and the jobs of your employees. Explore ways to initiate change management. Underline the importance of helping employees prepare. Recognize real human anxiety — and also the excitement … Read more

Webinar on May 6th: Is Your Business Prepared for COVID-19 Related Litigation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented difficult challenges for employers. Employers have been forced to analyze and implement new state, federal, and agency mandates, as well as deal with the business challenges resulting from government-mandated shutdowns and rapid changes to the business environment. COVID-19 litigation is the next difficulty employers will face in relation to the … Read more

Webinar on April 22nd: Safety and Health in the Workplace – What Is the New Normal?

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This webinar for @work with ALG subscribers will focus on the continuing evolution of safety and health measures aimed at protecting employees and the public from COVID-19 spread in the workplace. From the CDC to OSHA to local agencies, employers have an ever-increasing number of regulations and guidelines to monitor as they navigate how to … Read more

Webinar on April 8th: How Has COVID-19 Impacted EEO Laws?

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Here is our upcoming webinar for @work with ALG subscribers. Webinar: How COVID-19 Has Impacted EEO Laws Webinar Date: April 8, 2021 Webinar Time: 8:30am – 9:15am(Webinar presentation 30 minutes with 15 minutes for Q &A) In response to COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated and/or provided guidance related to the current employment … Read more

New York Department of Labor Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Leave FAQs

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The New York Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) has released guidance on the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Paid Leave Law, which went into effect on March 12, 2021.  The guidance comes in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) document that resolves a number of open questions and unclear issues for employers.  As we previously … Read more

New Yorkers Age 30 and Over Are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines on April 6th

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Governor Cuomo has just announced that all New Yorkers over 30 years old will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 6, 2021.  Those individuals can begin booking appointments beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021. As a reminder, New York State law requires employers to provide employees with up to four hours … Read more

Effective March 23, 2021 – New York Law Requires that Single-Occupancy Restrooms Be Gender Neutral

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Effective March 23, 2021, existing single-occupancy bathrooms must remove any signage designating the bathroom as “male” or “female” and replace it with signage indicating it is open to people of all genders. The law does not require businesses or schools to build new gender-neutral, single-occupancy restrooms. New York employers that have establishments in public places, … Read more

Webinar on April 8th: How COVID-19 has Impacted EEO Laws?

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In response to COVID-19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated and/or provided guidance related to the current employment concerns specific to the pandemic. This webinar for @work with ALG subscribers will review and guide employers through these changes and how they affect the workplace. Registration links are being emailed directly to @work subscribers. … Read more

New York Employers Must Provide Employees with Paid Time Off for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

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As we previously reported, the New York legislature passed a bill that requires employers to provide paid leave to employees to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. On March 12, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law and, effective immediately, New York State employers must provide employees with up to four hours of paid time off … Read more