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Is COVID-19 surcharge for unvaccinated workers looming?


As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread, some employers are growing frustrated over vaccination rates, labor employment lawyers say.  Companies fear employees that are still hesitant or opposed to vaccination not only create workplace safety concerns, but also ...

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New York lawmakers vote to extend eviction moratorium

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at the state Capitol, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 in Albany, N.Y. Hochul is preparing to take the reins of power after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would resign from office. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

ALBANY — The Democratic-led Legislature voted Wednesday to extend an eviction and foreclosure moratorium for commercial and residential tenants who fell behind on their rent because of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, had called ...

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Mask debate moves from school boards to courtrooms

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, file photo, student Winston Wallace, 9, raises his hand in class at iPrep Academy on the first day of school in Miami. A judge has ruled that Florida school districts may impose mask mandates. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper on Friday agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on the mandates is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

WASHINGTON — The rancorous debate over whether returning students should wear masks in the classroom has moved from school boards to courtrooms. In at least 14 states, lawsuits have been filed either for or against masks in schools. In some ...

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Advocate’s View: The shifting rules on virtual meetings in (post) pandemic times

Erin Casey

Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement in June of “New York Forward” — a lifting of many COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions — much has changed. The Delta variant and sluggish vaccination rates, as well as the lack of vaccines available for children ...

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Federal courts impose new COVID-19 restrictions amid surge


RICHMOND, Va. — When Sigal Chattah goes to federal court to challenge a school mask mandate issued by the governor of Nevada, she’ll likely be required to wear the very thing she’s arguing against: a mask. That’s because U.S. District ...

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Many employers caught between the vaccine and a hard place


Vaccine mandates are becoming more popular among large corporations and small businesses alike. But one in five Americans remain vaccine-resistant. What is an employer to do? Luke Wright, a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP who practices in the area ...

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Irondequoit man with COVID-19 seeks court order for medication


An Irondequoit man hospitalized with COVID-19 is seeking a court order that would require doctors at Unity Hospital to administer medication outside of normal treatment protocol for the virus. Michael Gangemi, 63, wants to be treated with two prescription medications, Ivermectin ...

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Explainer: Will new CDC moratorium keep tenants housed?

People from a coalition of housing justice groups hold signs protesting evictions during a news conference outside the Statehouse, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — After a federal eviction moratorium was allowed to lapse this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new moratorium Tuesday on evictions that would last until Oct. 3. The new moratorium aims to keep millions ...

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Is Biden overlooking Bureau of Prisons as reform target?

In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, a no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took quick action after his inauguration to start shifting federal inmates out of privately run prisons, where complaints of abuses abound. “It is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in ...

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