2020-2021 NYS Enacted Budget Requires Prevailing Wage on Industrial Development and Local Development Corporation Projects

Pursuant to the enacted 2020‐2021 NYS Budget (the "Budget"), covered projects undertaken by industrial development agencies ("IDAs") and local development corporations ("LDCs") will be subject to prevailing wage, effective January 1, 2022. A "Covered Project" is any construction work done under contract that is paid for in whole or in part out of public funds where the Read More »

LEGAL ALERT: Limited Immigration Services Continue

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Homeland Security and related agencies have closed or strictly limited many immigration-related services, but emergency services continue and some applications are still being processed. The following is an overview of the current immigration services. USCIS Offices Closed through at least May 3, 2020 USCIS initially cancelled Read More »

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), effective April 1 through December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA seeks to assist employees impacted by COVID-19 and covers employers with less than 500 employees and certain public agencies. This summary is focused on the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Read More »

Executive Order Authorizes Relief for State and Local Authorities on Annual Filing Requirements

In response to the mandatory non-essential business closures throughout New York State due to the continuing health crisis presented by COVID-19, the Governor issued Executive Order 202.11 ("EO 202.11") on March 27, 2020.  EO 202.11 provides, in part, for the Authorities Budget Office ("ABO") to disregard certain reporting and other deadlines under the New York Read More »

COVID-19: U.S. Canada and U.S. Mexico Travel Restrictions

Non-Essential Travel is Suspended On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict unnecessary travel across the borders shared with each country. Each agreement became effective on March 21, 2020 and remains in effect for 30 days (and may be extended). Unnecessary travel includes tourism or recreation, but the agreements do Read More »