November 12, 2019

November 11, 2019

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New York State Extends Prohibition Of Smoking To Outdoor Areas Around Healthcare Facilities

A new law has taken effect in New York State prohibiting smoking within 15 feet of a hospital or residential health care facility entrance or exit.  The law specifically permits smoking by “a patient or a visitor or guest of a patient of a residential health care facility” in a specially designated area on the grounds of a facility.    However, there is no such exemption for employees of a hospital or residential health care facility. 

Employers should ensure that their smoking policies account for this new law and employees are notified of any changes promptly.

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Adam G. Guttell, Labor, Employment, Attorney, Jackson Lewis, Law firm

Adam G. Guttell is an Associate in the Long Island office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Guttell practices in employment and labor law and has been involved in proceedings before federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies.  He regularly represents clients at labor arbitrations, court and private mediations.  He has assisted in representing management against employment issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as labor issues involving disciplinary arbitrations and breach...

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