5.17.22 Member Bulletin: Supporting East Buffalo

BNP has stepped in to assist the City of Buffalo in their efforts to organize the generous support offered by the business community. Updated 5.20.22 With the establishment of the two funds described below, interested donors are encouraged to contact the appropriate fund directly to provide support. If you are

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3.21.22 COVID Bulletin: State Reverses Course on HERO Act

Without fanfare, the New York State Department of Labor updated its website to announce the relaxation of some NY HERO Act provisions. Employers can now forego enforcing their workplace safety plans.   Private-sector employers are no longer required to implement their workforce safety plans. However, employers are still required to have

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2.10.22 COVID Bulletin: BNP Gets Answers on Masking and HERO Act

 Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.   The BNP made the Governor’s office aware of this

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1.28.22 COVID Bulletin: Hochul Extends Mask Mandate

Today, Gov. Kathy Hochul extended the state’s mask mandate for indoor public places through February 10th. The mandate was previously set to expire on Tuesday.  The move comes after a confusing week of litigation. After a state court ruled the mandate unconstitutional, the Hochul administration immediately appealed. Another court then

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1.13.22 COVID Bulletin: SCOTUS Blocks Vax-or-Test Rule

This afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked OSHA’s emergency rule that required employees at workplaces of 100 or more to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly.   The court issued a temporary stay, meaning that enforcement of the rule should be paused while circuit courts consider the case more fully.   The rule has been subject to heavy litigation, being blocked

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12.13.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Statewide Mask Mandate Now in Effect

Starting today, Governor Kathy Hochul is imposing a mask mandate for all indoor public settings in New York State.  According to guidance from the New York Department of Health, an indoor public place is any indoor space that is not a private residence.     The mandate comes with one notable exception: venues that require proof

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12.10.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Hochul Imposes Statewide Mask Mandate

This morning, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she is imposing a mask mandate for all indoor public settings in New York State, effective Monday.   The mandate comes with one notable exception: venues that require proof of vaccination for entry do not have to require masks.   Hochul said she will reassess the state’s COVID-19

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11.24.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden to Mandate Vaccine for Nonresident Essential Border Crossers

The Biden administration plans to mandate that by January 22, essential non-American travelers entering the U.S. by land must be vaccinated, the Associated Press reports.   The U.S. already requires vaccination for non-essential travelers – people coming to America for vacation, shopping, or other personal affairs. However, throughout the pandemic, essential travelers have not had a vaccine requirement, provided that they

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