Repeal of Religious Exemptions to Immunizations

On June 13, 2019, the Governor signed into law legislation (S.2994A/A.2371) removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for students.  This means that all schoolchildren must now be vaccinated as required in the Public Health Law, even if their parents have religious objections to the vaccinations.
The new legislation is effective immediately.  Guercio & Guercio, LLP […]

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Final State Budget Provisions Affecting Public School Districts

The final State Budget contains many substantive changes in law that affect school districts, including among other things, changes to APPR, new rules regarding retirement reserve funds and contracts with school resource officers.  Guercio & Guercio clients may read our preliminary analysis of these changes in the memoranda found in the client portal.

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Suffolk County Ban on Salary History

Effective June 30, 2019, Suffolk County employers with at least four employees will be prohibited from inquiring about a job applicant’s wage or salary history during the hiring process. The Restricting Information
on Salaries and Earnings Act (“RISE Act”) amends Section 528-7 of the Suffolk County Human Rights Law.  Guercio & Guercio, LLP clients may […]

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The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)

The Governor recently signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which amends the New York State Human Rights Law to explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment based on gender identity or expression, including transgender status.  The law will become effective on February 24, 2019 and applies to employers in New York State with four or […]

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New Legislation Regarding the Reporting of Child Abuse in an Educational Setting

Recently enacted legislation amends Article 23-B of the Education Law to expand the categories of employees that are required to report allegations of child abuse in an educational setting. The legislation also updates the training requirements under the law (Ch. 363 of the Laws of 2018).  The changes take effect 180 days after enactment, […]

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Executive Order Restoring Voting Rights to Parolees

In April 2018, the Governor signed an Executive Order restoring voting rights to individuals on parole. Notwithstanding this Executive Order, should an individual be on parole for a sexual offense, and is classified as a Level II or Level III offenders on the NY State Registry, this individual still requires written authorization from […]

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New Protections for Labor Class Employees

On September 7, 2018, the Governor signed into law a bill passed by the State Legislature which now provides Labor Class Civil Service employees the same Section 75 rights as those Civil Service Employees in the Non-Competitive Class. Labor Class employees with at least 5 years continuous service are now entitled to Section […]

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Drug and Alcohol Testing of School Bus Drivers

On August 24, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill passed by the State Legislature to enhance the State’s requirements relating to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing of school bus drivers and the prohibition on drug and alcohol use prior to operating a school bus. (Ch. 207 of the Laws of […]

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NYSED Residency Guidance

On July 19, 2018, the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) issued new Residency Guidance after becoming aware of public concerns and inquiries indicating that some school districts have instituted a practice of “mandatory re-registration.” Although the Guidance does not specifically define the term “mandatory re-registration”, the Guidance references a mandatory practice wherein all […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME

On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 (“Janus”), held that public sector labor unions may no longer collect fees for the cost of collective bargaining (known as agency fees) from employees who have chosen not to join the union.  […]

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