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Post: May. 27, 2020

Cuomo Describes Productive Discussion with Trump on Infrastructure

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Washington, D.C., Cuomo described his conversation with Trump as productive and said the president is considering his appeal to the federal government to help fast-track infrastructure projects in New York, which is among the states hardest hit by the novel coronavirus.

“It was a good discussion, he understood what we were talking about, understood what we need, and he’s going to be thinking about it, talk to his team, and he said we’ll talk next week,” Cuomo said.

Read more at the Hill

20,000 Complaints Lodged Against Non-Compliant Businesses

There have been around 20,000 complaints lodged against businesses not complying with health and safety standards, according to the Department of Labor, since this pandemic began. But how are these complaints being handled?

According to the Labor Department the complaints they receive are handled mostly by educating businesses about health and safety protocols.

Local leaders like Duchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple are doing the same with complaints their offices receive directly. “Certainly early on there was a bit of confusion and businesses didn’t necessarily understand the instructions,” Molinaro explained. “So I know building inspectors and local law enforcement communicated that and gave them a reasonable time to comply and in every case they did.”

Read or watch at Spectrum News

Top 5 COVID-19 Litigation Risks for Employers: Is Your Company Prepared?

Despite the best of intentions to comply with the myriad of laws, orders and recommendations and to “do right” by employees while dealing with the current pandemic and recession, employers remain vulnerable to a whole host of potential COVID-19-related claims. Ever-changing guidance and return-to-work orders complicate the issues. Keeping abreast of the actual and potential legal theories being raised is key to assessing potential COVID-19-related litigation risk. This article alerts employers to the “Top 5” claims and issues being raised now and suggests risk mitigation strategies so that you can be prepared.

Read more at TLNT

Mfg Alliance – Business Council – Syracuse University Survey to Understand the Impact of the Covid crisis on Manufacturing Businesses in New York State.

This survey seeks to understand the impact of the Covid crisis on manufacturing businesses in New York State (NYS). Specifically, it will help further our understanding of the key short-term and long-term challenges faced by NYS manufacturing businesses and their short-term and long-term responses. The data from this survey will be used to write a non-technical report summarizing the key results, which will be shared with the Council of Industry and BCNYS, and depending on ultimate sample size, write scholarly research article(s).
In all cases, individual responses will be kept confidential at Syracuse University and used only for research purposes. Publications resulting from statistical analyses of these responses will not disclose any individual responses or individually identifiable information.
Prof. Natarajan Balasubramanian, PhD is a researcher who has worked for over 15 years with confidential datasets at the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, He has extensive experience with maintaining and protecting data security and confidentiality.
Complete the Survey

NAM’s Announces Advertising Campaign to Bolster “Strengthening the Manufacturing Supply Chain” Agenda

Yesterday the NAM Released in Reshoreing proposal.  Today, they announced that they are launching a seven-figure nationwide advertising campaign on TV, cable and digital streaming services to educate policymakers and voters about these recommendations.  The campaign urges leaders to make smart policy decisions as they consider ways to accelerate onshoring. The approach must be constructive and incentives based, and that message is being sharing widely.

The campaign will reach more than three dozen important media markets across the country, including Washington, D.C., and will be supplemented by promoted social media and grassroots efforts. 

Read more at NAM

COVID-19 Quick Tips Video

OSHA has A new animated video provides quick tips on the proper stationing of workplaces with assembly lines and processing conveyors to keep workers safe from COVID-19.

Watch on YouTube

Metro-North Starts to Add Back Service

Metro-North Railroad, which scaled back to one trip per hour on each of its east of Hudson lines during New York Pause caused by COVID-19, is starting to add back trips. Phase one of economic reopening began Tuesday in the Hudson Valley and that is anticipated to put people back to work.

Read more at Mid-Hudson News

The Hudson Valley Region’s April 2020 Unemployment Rate Was 14.2 Percent In April

The nYS Department of Labor reports that the  Hudson Valley Region’s April 2020 unemployment rate at 14.2 percent is ranked third among the 10 Labor Market Regions in New York State, trailing only the Capital Region (12.9 percent), and the Southern Tier Region (13.9 percent). This was the highest (regardless of month) in the history of the current series (dating back to 1990).

  • Capital Region 12.9 percent
  • Southern Tier Region 13.9 percent
  • Hudson  Valley Region 14.2 percent
  • Mohawk Valley Region 14.5 percent
  • New York City Region 14.6 percent
  • Finger Lakes Region 14.9 percent
  • North Country 15.3 percent
  • Central New York 16.0 percent
  • Long Island Region 16.0 percent
  • Western New York Region 18.6 percent

 In April 2020, the highest unemployment rate within the region (15.6 percent) was recorded in Orange County.

  • Orange County 15.6 percent
  • Ulster  County 14.6 percent
  • Westchester County 14.1 percent
  • Putnam County 14.1 percent
  • Dutchess  County 14.1 percent
  • Rockland  County 13.4 percent
  • Sullivan County 13.1 percent