***UPDATE: The NYC Council has introduced the relief package.  More details on the bills can be found here.***

As reported by the New York Times, the New York City Council announced that it will introduce a COVID-19 relief package aimed at protecting small businesses, essential workers, tenants and the homeless.

The proposed legislation includes a “bill of rights” for essential workers requiring mandated paid sick leave for gig workers, shift bonuses for non-salaried “essential” employees, and a ban on firing essential workers without “just cause.”  The bill also includes a resolution advising New York’s legislature to place the burden of proof on employers when classifying workers as independent contractors.

The City Council is scheduled to meet at 1:30pm today via Zoom to discuss the relief bill.  We will monitor developments on this proposed legislation and report on any developments.

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Harris M. Mufson is a partner in Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department, where he serves as co-head of the Firm’s Whistleblowing & Retaliation Practice Group and the Disability, Accommodation & Leave Management Practice Group. He is highly regarded as a trusted advisor…

Harris M. Mufson is a partner in Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department, where he serves as co-head of the Firm’s Whistleblowing & Retaliation Practice Group and the Disability, Accommodation & Leave Management Practice Group. He is highly regarded as a trusted advisor to clients in a wide range of industries regarding significant employment issues. Harris has vast expertise in employment matters, representing employers in disputes regarding discrimination and retaliation, whistleblowing, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, wage and hour, and restrictive covenants. In addition to litigating, Harris counsels clients on compliance with employment-related laws, as well as the development, implementation and enforcement of personnel policies and procedures. Additionally, he has conducted numerous internal investigations regarding sensitive employment matters.

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Jordan Simon is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Jordan attended Cardozo School of Law and served as an associate editor of the Cardozo Law Review and as a senior editor of the Alternative Dispute Resolution…

Jordan Simon is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Jordan attended Cardozo School of Law and served as an associate editor of the Cardozo Law Review and as a senior editor of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society. While in law school, he interned in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.