In This Issue:
  • Reminder: New York State's New Paid Sick Leave Law Starts 9/30/20
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • 2020 Empire State Chapter Annual Meeting
  • Call for Nominations
  • Upcoming ABC Empire State Chapter Training's
  • October, November, and December Tool Box Talks
  • Empire Chapter Resources
Reminder: New York State's New Paid Sick Leave Law Starts 9/30/20
As part of the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, New York State passed a Paid Sick Leave Law that kicks in on September 30, 2020.
The law requires all New York state employers, depending on the size of the company, to provide paid sick leave to employees. The amount of leave you are mandated to provide is dependent on the number of employees in your company. 

You should use this outline to determine the ANNUAL amount of pay you need to provide:
  • Employers with 100 employees or more must provide 56 hours of paid sick leave
  • Employers with fewer than 100 employees must provide 40 hours of paid sick leave
  • Employers with fewer than 5 employees and a net income in excess of $1 million in the previous tax year must provide 40 hours of paid sick leave
  • Employers with fewer than 5 employees and a net income of less than $1 million in the previous tax year must provide 40 hours of unpaid sick leave

Companies must begin accruing paid sick leave beginning on September 30th. However, employees are not entitled to use the leave until January 1, 2021.

We provided a detailed explanation of the new requirements in our last Merit Messenger, if you missed it, we strongly advise you to click the button below and review.
The PRO Act and its Negative Impact on
Merit Shop Contractors
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

Speakers: Maury Baskin, Littler; Jimmy Greene, ABC Michigan; Brett McMahon, Miller & Long Co.; Kristen Swearingen, ABC National
Moderator: Ben Brubeck, ABC National

Webinar Description:
Will passage of the ABC-opposed PRO Act put you out of business? Get the latest insights from ABC leaders and experts about the impact of negative legislation targeting employers and threatening employee freedom, privacy and choice in the workplace.
Federal DOL Changes COVID-19 Paid Family Leave: What You Need to Know to Understand the Impact on Your Business
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.

On Aug. 3, an Obama-appointed federal judge in New York nullified key sections of the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules governing paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Following the court decision, on Sept. 11, the DOL revised its guidance that restricted paid leave during layoffs and furloughs, required employer consent to paid intermittent leave and required employees to provide documentation before taking leave. ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin will discuss how the revised FFCRA guidance impacts construction contractors and chapters.
2020 Empire State Chapter Annual Meeting
The 2020 Annual meeting will be held on:

Friday, November 20th
12:00-1:00 PM

The meeting will be held using Zoom with details to follow later this Fall. The Annual Meeting is a time for the Chapter and Board to share the successes of the year and set the agenda for the following year. We hope you’ll join us.
The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates interested in joining the Empire State Chapter Board of Directors. Candidates for the Board must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Must be a member in good standing of the Association.
  2. Must have the ability to attend meetings and accept committee responsibilities.
  3. Must have served as a bona fide member of a Regional Leadership Committee for at least one (1) year, except for regions that have existed for less than one (1) year OR if approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the current Board of Directors and approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting.

Nominations need to be received at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. If you’re interested, please reach out to:

Brian Sampson, Chapter President
Cell: 585-967-2133
Online Sexual Harassment Training
To combat harassment in the workplace, every employer in New York State, regardless of size, must provide documented sexual harassment training for all employees.

To comply with the state regulations the training must:
  • Be interactive
  • Explain sexual harassment using examples
  • Inform employees about laws regulating harassment, reporting procedures and legal rights available to victims
  • Address conduct by supervisors, and additional responsibilities for supervisors
  • Be completed annually

With vast experience preventing and defending sexual and other workplace harassment claims; Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC will provide a program to your organization that meets the standards set by the state. This interactive web-based training is compliant with regulations in New York State and New York City and available in English and Spanish.

At no additional charge, updated versions will be provided if needed to address legislative developments. discount pricing is available for the larger employer or for the company with their own Learning Management System (LMS).

For details, please contact Amy Platenik 585-363-1657 or
Asbestos / Lead Awareness Training
October 2, 2020 
3:00pm - 6:30pm
*This training will be delivered via ZOOM
What you will Learn: 

  • Where Asbestos & Lead comes from and why it has been used so much. 
  • Potential health effects of asbestos. 
  • Where asbestos containing materials (ACM) and potential asbestos containing material (PACM) are commonly found. 
  • All pro cautions and work practices when working around asbestos. 
  • How OSHA regulations apply to workers who work with or around Asbestos

*Training Fee: $100 per person
NYS Sexual Harassment Awareness
October 9, 2020 
3:00pm - 4:30pm
ABC Buffalo Office
2363 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14212
*This training will be delivered via ZOOM
What you will Learn: 

  • How to identify sexual harassment behaviors and issues 
  • Difference between sexual harassment and discrimination 
  • Distinguish between the work and social environments and identify boundaries 
  • How to recognize correct /incorrect behaviors 

*Training Fee: $100 per person
Long Island First Aid/CPR/AED Training
October 22, 2020 
8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
ABC Long Island Office:
1 Comac Loop #4
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
*This training is in person and all COVID guidelines will be followed

Training Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Care for Wounds
  • Cuts & scrapes
  • Drug overdoses
  • Electroshocks
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks and more

This training will save lives by preparing your workforce for the worst. We hope things that were listed above don’t happen, but you can rest easier knowing that your workforce has the skills that can potentially save lives.

*Training Fee: $100 per person
Did you miss last weeks email with October, November, and December Tool Box Talks?
ABC Empire Chapter Resources