9.9.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden To Mandate “Vax or Test” Requirement for Large Employers

On September 9th, President Joe Biden announced a new mandate: all employers with 100 or more employees must ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require weekly testing of unvaccinated workers.   The new mandate will be published in a forthcoming OSHA rule, so full details have not been released yet. However, the administration has indicated that the

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8.2.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Cuomo Makes Recommendations on Vaccination Efforts

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo made recommendations on efforts to increase vaccination rates, noting rising case numbers and concerns about the Delta variant. Since the Governor’s pandemic emergency powers have expired, the Governor urged local governments and private employers to take matters into their own hands.   Governor Cuomo encouraged private

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7.30.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Poloncarz Updates BNP Members on Delta Variant

Skip to the video here. At a special briefing for BNP members this morning, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided updates on the county’s COVID-19 status and indicated mask mandates could eventually return.  COVID-19 case numbers have increased in recent weeks, although hospital and ICU admissions have not increased at the

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6.15.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: NYS Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today the immediate lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions as 70% of the state’s adult population has been vaccinated (receiving at least one dose of vaccine).  The 70 percent threshold in a national standard.  Effective immediately, state mandated COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in both commercial and social settings including the following industries/businesses:  Agriculture  Amusement &

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5.19.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: NYS Releases Updated Mask Guidance for Employers

As we told you earlier this week, beginning today, New York State adopted CDC public health guidance for fully vaccinated New Yorkers.  The new guidance gives employers the choice of adopting the new CDC guidance or maintaining mask/face covering and social distancing policies for both employees and customers.   Employers can choose between

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5.3.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: NYS Will Lift Capacity Restrictions

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today New York will be lifting capacity restrictions later this month. The restrictions have been in place – to some degree – since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic over a year ago.    Beginning May 19, capacity restrictions will be lifted in offices, restaurants, salons, retail stores,

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3.29.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: New Yorkers 30+ Now Eligible for Vaccine

Cuomo Expands Vaccine Eligibility to 30+  Governor Cuomo has announced that beginning tomorrow, March 30, New Yorkers age 30 and older are eligible to register for and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.    The Governor also announced today that New Yorkers 16 years old and older can schedule vaccination appointments and receive

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3.10.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: American Rescue Plan Passes

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the American Rescue Plan.   Lawmakers approved the $1.9 trillion dollar spending plan strictly along party lines with no support from the GOP.  President Biden has announced his will sign the legislation on Friday.  In total, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office estimates approximately $100 billion is headed

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