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Paid COVID-19 Leave for Vaccinations Expired on Dec. 31, 2023

Supplemental paid leave for diagnosed COVID-19 infections is still in statute.

January 16, 2024
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Laws and Regulations

New OSHA Reporting Requirement Affects Many Long Term Care Providers

A new OSHA regulation took effect on Jan. 1, 2024, requiring high-hazard employers (including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other health and residential facilities) with 100 or more employees to submit electronic illness and injury data by March 2nd of each year.

January 2, 2024
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New Year Brings New Minimum Wage

Increases to the “regular” minimum wage as well as to the specific home care aide wage impact all regions of the state.

January 2, 2024
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Staffing Agencies Barred from Charging Permanent Hire Fees Under New Law

Legislation enacted as part of the SFY 2023-24 budget imposed registration, reporting, and minimum standards requirements on temporary health care staffing agencies, including a prohibition on employment fees or liquidated damages when a temporary worker is converted to a permanent hire.

October 31, 2023
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Discrimination Based on Refusal to Attend Political or Religious Meeting Prohibited By New Law

Amendments to  State Labor Law section 201-d prohibiting discrimination against employees who refuse to attend political or religious meetings took effect on Sept. 6, 2023.  The amendments also require employers to post a sign informing employees of their rights under the various anti-discrimination provisions of section 201-d. 

October 10, 2023
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Governor Announces New State Efforts to Address Migrant Crisis, Connecting Asylum Seekers with Potential Employers

In response to the recent announcement by the White House regarding Temporary Protected Status for certain individuals from Venezuela, Governor Hochul has unveiled new state initiatives aimed at addressing the asylum seeker and migrant crisis, including an employer portal.

September 26, 2023
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DOH Posts Guidance Requiring Registration and Reporting by Staffing Agencies

The guidance implements new requirements passed in the 2023-24 State Budget.

September 26, 2023
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OSHA Rule Expands Illness and Injury Reporting in 2024

Certain "high-hazard" employers will be required to report injury and illness information to OSHA beginning in January 2024.

August 1, 2023
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NYS Salary Disclosure Law Takes Effect Sept. 17th

The law, which was enacted in 2022, requires covered employers to disclose salary ranges in job advertisements, promotions, or transfer opportunities.

August 1, 2023
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Governor Extends Workforce Emergency to May 22nd

This may be the last extension of the workforce emergency. Providers should begin to prepare for the elimination of flexibilities that allow some out-of-state professionals and recent nursing school graduates to practice in NY and that allow non-licensed individuals to perform certain clinical tasks.

April 25, 2023
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