Employees Who are DACA Recipients Get Temporary Reprieve as Supreme Court Halts the Trump Administration’s Push to End DACA

The Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, giving DACA participants some reprieve from the threat of deportation. The DACA program, first implemented by the Obama administration in 2012, granted renewable permits to study and remain in the United States for some undocumented immigrants who…

Returning to the Workplace? New EEOC Guidelines Concerning Accommodations, Potential Harassment, and Antibody Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), recently published multiple updated guidelines in anticipation of stay-at-home orders being lifted and employees returning to the workplace. The EEOC’s update specifically addresses the rights of employees to request accommodations and how employers…

Levy Ratner Observes Juneteenth in Solidarity with BLM

Today, Friday, June 19, 2020, Levy Ratner is closed in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday, as a symbol of support for and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests.  We do this with the understanding that 155 years after the official end of explicit, government-sanctioned slavery was finally announced in Texas – over…

U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ Workers in All 50 States in Landmark Decision

On Monday, June 15, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-to-3 vote that existing federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status. This decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, establishes discrimination protections for LGBTQ workers across the country, instituting new protections for…

Exposed to COVID-19 on the Job? NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Issues New Guidance

With businesses in various phases of re-opening across New York State, workers returning to job sites may wonder if those who contract COVID-19 at work are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.  New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board issued new guidance for workers that explains what individuals should do if they believe they contracted COVID-19 on the job, and…

Daycare Still Closed for the Summer? Consider Leave Options under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As many summer camps and daycare facilities announce their continued closures during summer months, working parents and guardians may find relief from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act). The Act extends family and medical leave benefits for eligible employees who are caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or…

Advancing Equity for Black People Once and For All

For nearly 50 years,Levy Ratner has fought racial inequality.We do not plan to stop now. In fact, we will continue to be vocal about dignity and equality for Black people. At Levy Ratner, we as individuals—and we as a firm—are committed to ending racism today and always.  We stand in solidarity with those who seek…

Governor Cuomo Announces Limited Initiatives to Address Mental Health Crisis Among Essential Workers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new measures to address a mental health crisis among frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state is partnering with   Crisis Text Line, a non-profit providing text message-based mental health support, and the Kate Spade New York Foundation, which provides funding to organizations advocating for mental wellness….

Levy Ratner Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of SEIU and 1199SEIU Supporting New York Challenge to DOL COVID-19 Regulations

Levy Ratner filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Service Employees International Union and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East supporting the New York State Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging the Trump Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.   The amicus brief supports the NYS Attorney General’s argument that the federal…