Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a temporary Executive Order which directs New York businesses and not-for-profit entities to utilize telecommuting and work from home procedures to the maximum extent possible, and to reduce the number of their on-site employees at any work location by 75%, effective 8 p.m. March 20, 2020. Please note the initial version of the Executive Order signed yesterday evening required a reduction of on-site employees to 50%, but was increased by the Governor to a 75% reduction this afternoon. This Executive Order will remain in effect until April 17, 2020, unless extended by Governor Cuomo.
Not all businesses and entities are required to reduce the number of on-site employees. In fact, the Executive Order exempts businesses deemed essential and entities providing essential services such as certain health care operators, pharmacies, and retail businesses. For more information, a detailed list of the exempt businesses and entities can be found here.
Please contact us for more information regarding compliance with the Executive Order.