Last updated: March 22, 2020 8:00 am

The purpose of this page is to serve as a resource for our employees.  Relevant information as it relates to Coronavirus/Covid-19 and it’s impact on your employment and our business operations will be posted here.

Please check this page often as updates will be posted frequently.  It’s important to read each section fully as it relates to your employment, your benefits and our business operations.

These updates affect all current employees including those reporting to the office, working in the field, working from home and directed to stay home.

Governor of New York Executive Orders

The Governor of NY is continuing to sign executive orders that immediately impact the operations of our business.  These executive orders can be found here.

Under the Governor's Executive Orders, as it relates to our business operations:

- Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work location by 100% no later than March 22 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.

- Empire State Development Corporation has issued guidance as to which businesses are determined to be essential. Although not currently executed by the Governor this Executive Order is anticipated to include a detailed definition of essential versus nonessential businesses and entities.  

All employees have been notified or will receive notice of employment status.  Either you will be reporting to the office, working from home, continuing to work in the field or directed to stay home.  If you are unsure of which category you currently fall into contact Martha at 315-824-2811.

New York State Legislation

New State Legislation has been passed as it relates to “Quarantine Leave”, “Paid Sick Leave” and other employer/employee benefits.  This legislation can be found here.

Our understanding of the latest legislation as it relates to benefits you are entitled to are:

All employees:

If an employee is ordered by the State of NY, Department of Health, a local Board of Health, or any other governmental entity to be under mandatory or precautionary quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19, there is wage coverage and job protection available.

Federal Law

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.

This bill was signed into law on March 18, 2020.  We are working diligently to provide more information on federal assistance that is available to our employees as a result of this new bill.

Message from M. Burton Marshall

At this time, employees can use vacation/sick time for payment; receive no payment; or unemployment.

At this time, no employee will lose any of their employment benefits, other than vacation/sick time you may elect to use.

You may be eligible for unemployment.  Unemployment resources are available here.

Additional resources and further information:

New York State Department of Health's COVID-19 Webpage

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:

Madison County, NY Health Department

Information is constantly changing from the Federal and State government. Please click on these links for updated information as time goes on.

Should you need additional information or have questions, please contact Martha at 315-824-2811.