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Apr 15, 2020

Face mask order takes effect

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday handed out 8,000 face masks to member organizations to help them comply with a new order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which took effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday, requires all essential businesses across the state to provide facial coverings to workers […]

Apr 13, 2020

Estate planning and health care proxies require special methods during pandemic

Sharon Wick, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, carried out the witnessing of a will last week in a client’s garage in Erie County. Maintaining the appropriate distance to avoid the potential spread of the COVID-19, Wick and her client, along with a witness Wick brought, kept on opposite sides of the garage. Using the […]

Apr 8, 2020

Despite Naval incident, it’s still illegal to retaliate against whistleblowers

While this week has shown retaliation is apparently practiced in the military, the federal Department of Labor nevertheless is reminding employers that it’s illegal to retaliate against workers who report conditions made unsafe because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That means employers can’t fire, demote, deny overtime or promotion or reduce pay or hours for whistleblowers.  […]

Apr 7, 2020

Legal Aid Society is still offering services

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester has closed its physical offices because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but staffers want the public to know the agency is still available to help clients. The offices in the Telesca Center for Justice, at 1 W. Main St., are closed and the court system is only hearing emergency cases, […]

Apr 2, 2020

Businesses seeking essential status

Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all non-essential businesses to close temporarily to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials are considering applications from many firms to have their classification changed, at least partly, to the essential category. For example, the Culver Road Armory location of Fleet Feet was not initially considered […]

Apr 1, 2020

CARES Act has holes for workers

The newly signed CARES Act was designed to help stimulate the economy while offering much-needed relief to both businesses and workers. On the whole, the package is looked at favorably, but some experts are saying CARES leaves certain workers vulnerable. “Low-income workers who are most impacted—they deal in things like retail, hospitality, childcare and the […]

Apr 1, 2020

SBA’s Payroll Protection Program starts Friday

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering help to businesses struggling to make payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our small businesses are the economic engines of their communities, and the SBA is ready to provide them with the support they need to remain open and keep their workers employed,” SBA administrator Jovita Carranza said in […]

Mar 23, 2020

U.S. Attorney appoints coordinator for COVID-19 fraud

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. is asking the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 pandemic by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at (866) 720-5721, or by sending an email to [email protected]. Examples of the schemes include: Selling fake cures for COVID-19. Phishing emails from entities posing as […]

Mar 11, 2020

In addition to health concerns, coronavirus a legal and employment issue

Although coronavirus, or COVID-19, has not yet caused major disruptions in Rochester, it’s simply a matter of time before it does. And business and community leaders need to be prepared, officials say. “The most important message I can impart to all of you today is the importance of gathering facts,” said Michael Mendoza, commissioner of […]

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