Reopening New York — New York Travel Guidance and Disabilities Questions

November 4, 2020

By: Christa Richer Cook, Thomas G. Eron, and Katherine R. Schafer

As a bonus to Bond’s Nov. 3 webinar about the evolving legal implications of COVID-19 for business, Bond labor and employment attorneys recorded two short videos to answer some frequently asked questions.

In the first video, Christa Richer Cook and Thomas G. Eron discuss the nuances of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest executive order about New York travel restrictions, which allows individuals to “test-out” of the 14-day required quarantine when returning from out-of-state travel. According to Executive Order 205.2, individuals coming back into New York from a noncontiguous state (i.e., not New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont or Massachusetts) may end the 14-day quarantine period early if they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their return and then again three days after they re-enter New York. Bond will be scheduling a pop-up webinar soon to delve into the order in more detail. Stay tuned. 

In the second video, Katherine R. Schafer talks about the questions employers can ask and medical documentation they can request when discussing disability-related issues. In general, employers should follow the guidance that Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health have provided and engage in an interactive process that seeks to examine each employee’s individualized needs and restrictions. 

The full presentation covered the following topics:

  • Travel Guidance I - New Guidance and Rules
  • Travel Guidance II - Open Questions
  • Disability Related FAQs
  • Reopening/Operating Plans
  • School Update - Where Do We Stand?

Click here to view the webinar in its entirety or to register for upcoming Tuesday presentations.