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New York City Council Announces Proposed COVID-19 Relief Package For Small Businesses, Essential Workers

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.

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About this Author

Harris M Mufson, Class/Collective Action Attorney, Proskauer
Senior Counsel

Harris Mufson is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration and Whistleblowing & Retaliation Groups.

Adept at counseling clients at every turn of the litigation process, Harris represents employers in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, entertainment, sports and legal, with respect to a wide range of labor and employment law matters. These include compensation disputes, employment discrimination and retaliation, whistleblowing,...

Law, Jordan Simon, Labor, Employment

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.