Governor Cuomo has enacted various measures to protect workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic. All of New York State has entered a phase of ReOpen NY based on region and industry. If you work for a business that is not currently permitted to operate in New York State, you may not be forced to go to the worksite. Your employer must take various safety and health precautions if you are returning to the worksite, including providing you with a face covering, ensuring that social distancing is being followed, making hand washing and sanitizing stations available, and making sure that cleaning and disinfection are occurring frequently. Your employer should make operational adjustments such as creating policies which encourage employees to work from home when feasible and staggering shifts to reduce workplace density. Your employer may not threaten or retaliate against you for complaining that the business should not be operating or has failed to take adequate safety and health measures.
The Governor has also enacted a law that provides benefits - including sick leave, paid family leave, and disability benefits - to New York employees impacted by mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. See more information under Resources below.
All businesses must follow appropriate safety and health guidance.
Other Leaves of Absence for Health Conditions: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Frequently Asked Questions about Wages and Hours.
Labor Laws Regarding Fringe Benefit Payments:
Section 198c of the New York State Labor Law, Benefits or Wage Supplements
Notice Requirements for Fringe Benefits and Hours
Information about Unemployment Insurance
Information and guidance from the NYS Department of Health about cleaning, disinfecting, and more.
Discrimination and Retaliation related to Your Human Rights:
For complaints regarding workplace discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other protected category, you can contact the NYS Division of Human Rights, the NYC Commission on Human Rights (for workplaces in NYC), or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Continuation of Health Insurance:
For coverage issues associated with an employer with 20 or more employees, contact the U.S. Employee Benefits Security Administration. For an employer with less than 20 employees, contact the NYS Department of Financial Services.
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