Some Considerations for Laying Off Employees

Given the turbulent and uncertain circumstances surrounding the impacts of the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders, many companies are making hard decisions about laying off their employees.  Here are a few thoughts to consider. "Furlough" vs. "Layoff": Furlough is usually temporary while a layoff may be temporary or permanent. There is usually no legal commitment to rehire an employee unless required by a collective bargaining agreement or employment contract or possibly if you fall under the WARN Act.  It is important not to create a promise or a legal obligation to rehire and explicitly state that nothing affects their rights under employment at will. Hiring back employees…

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How to Surrender Plates while the DMV is Closed

We reached out for clarification on this common question and learned registrants should continue to mail registration plates to the DMV. NY DMV’s Central Office has not closed. They continue to receive and process mail.  The DMV uses the postmark date on the envelope as the date of surrender; this date will be reflected on the FS-6T Receipt. More information:​ ​Have a question you need help with? Post it in the Community​! Source

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State Fund Announces Relief For Restaurants

​The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) has announced measures to help the restaurants it insures cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants have been among the businesses hardest hit by the crisis, as their businesses were slowing even before the New York State government ordered them to close. In a notice to its restaurant policyholders, New York's largest provider of Workers' Compensation insurance said it is suspending cancellations, late fees, interest and installment fees on their policies. NYSIF also invited these employers to contact their policy representatives or safety group managers to have their estimated payrolls reduced. Reductions in estimated payrolls typically generate reduced estimated…

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