United States Supreme Court Rules Title VII Prevents Discrimination Against Employees Because Of Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity

June 23, 2020

  On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, decided three United States Court of Appeals cases involving the Second, Sixth, …

Residential Facilities Required To Create Pandemic Emergency Plans

  New York State recently enacted legislation amending Public Health Law Section 2803 to require that each residential health care facility submit a pandemic emergency plan to the Department of Health no later than September 15, 2020, and annually thereafter. Each facility must also make its pandemic emergency plan available to the public immediately upon …

Governor Cuomo Announces New York City Is Open For Elective Surgeries

June 8, 2020

  During Governor Cuomo’s press briefing today, June 8, 2020, he announced that New York City is open for elective surgery and ambulatory care.  This means that elective surgery and non-emergent procedures may be provided in licensed settings (e.g., ambulatory surgery centers) provided the guidelines published by the New York State Department of Health (“NYDOH”) are …

Health Centers That Use HRSA COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funding to Pay Salaries Must Have Policies in Place That Authorize This Payment

June 5, 2020

  Health Centers That Use HRSA COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funding to Pay Salaries, Including Hazard Pay or a “Pandemic Premium” Must Have Policies and Procedures in Place That Authorize This Payment The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded millions of dollars in federal …

Overhaul To Paycheck Protection Program

June 4, 2020

  On June 3rd, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Bill”), which was previously passed by the House. This Bill, if signed by the President, will amend the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) in certain significant ways, some of which are detailed below. The Bill sets a minimum maturity date …