Practice Areas

Kristine Sova provides an array of labor and employment legal services in a variety of industries across both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her labor and employment legal services are listed below. Click any section to read more.

Domestic Violence is an Overlooked Workplace Issue

I recently viewed a continuing legal education program titled “Domestic Violence: A Primer on Accommodations and Discrimination in the Workplace” (presented by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, Civil Rights and Social Justice Section and ABACLE) and was struck by how little this issue has presented itself in my practice.  Domestic … Read more

Important Update: All New York Employers Must Implement HERO Act Workplace Safety Plans to Help Protect Workers from COVID-19

Yesterday, on September 6, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Department of Health’s designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease.  This designation triggers employer obligations to implement workplace safety plans under New York State’s HERO Act. The plans adopted by employers must address a number of safety measures including, … Read more

Time to Get Those New York HERO Act Plans Ready (Deadline is August 5)

In a prior post, we discussed the Hero Act, which requires all employers in New York State to adopt a prevention plan to protect against further spread of COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases in the workplace.  On July 6, 2021, the New York Department of Labor published a general airborne infectious disease exposure prevention … Read more

The Current State of COVID-19 Restrictions in New York Office Settings

On June 15, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that COVID-19 restrictions were immediately lifted and the New York Forward industry specific guidelines, which address social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing, would now be optional in the following settings: retail, food services, offices, fitness centers, entertainment/amusement … Read more

New York’s Notice of Pay Rate

This post is part of a new series that specifically discusses employment law issues for startups and small businesses operating in New York State and New York City. It’s been almost ten years since the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) took effect in the State of New York, but many employers still don’t provide the … Read more

Minimizing Liability Risks in the Hiring Process – Part 2

This post is part of a new series that specifically discusses employment law issues for startups and small businesses operating in New York State and New York City. The hiring process is fraught with liability risks for the unassuming employer.  Certain inquiries and requirements are flat out no-no’s.  With protections increasing for job applicants, it’s … Read more

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