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Rochester, NY COVID Vaccine Considerations for New York Employers

Join us for our May program!

Program Description:

As the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available in New York, employers must be prepared to navigate the unique and evolving legal and employee relations issues implicated by vaccination programs in the employment setting.

In this webinar, topics covered will include:

  • An update on recent New York state and local COVID-19 legislation and health orders
  • An update on priorities for distribution of the vaccines and the manner in which such decisions will be made
  • A review of the legal issues that need to be addressed in any vaccination program developed by employers
  • Benefits-related issues, including incentivizing vaccination as part of an employer’s wellness program
  • Employee safety, workers’ compensation, and privacy-related issues


Date: Tuesday, 5/11/2021 | 8AM – 9AM EST

Cost: $10 for NHRA members; $25 for non-members


Learning Objectives:

  • Learning Objective 1: How to handle requests to be excused from vaccination programs based on (1) medical conditions and/or disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act or (2) religious beliefs, practices, or observances under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • Learning Objective 2: How to Implement a vaccination programs in a unionized setting
  • Learning Objective 3: An overview of federal and New York wage and hour issues, such as vaccine costs, compensable time, and the treatment of monetary incentives

About the Presenters:


Hinnaa Upal provides practical solutions and strategic guidance to multinational employers on a wide range of international employment and compliance concerns and in litigation. Her competencies cover a range of workplace topics, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and accommodations at the state and federal levels and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights. She also guides employers on the intricacies associated with employment in multiple nations and the difficulties associated with conflicting jurisdictional obligations.



Pamela S.C. Reynolds represents and counsels national corporations, small businesses, universities, and other clients in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including: Employee benefits litigation, Employment discrimination, Termination, Employee discipline, Disability accommodations, Wage and hour obligations, Enforcing post-employment restrictions, Protecting trade secrets and proprietary information and Competition and trade secret law.



Jacqueline Phipps Polito is a trial attorney with substantial experience in all aspects of traditional and non-traditional labor and employment litigation. She represents both public and private sector clients, at the trial and appellate level. She has significant collective bargaining and labor relations experience. Her practical approach, combined with her management background, enables her to offer strategic employment advice to clients, recognizing the global needs of the organization.




For questions on registration or cancellations, please contact one of our co-directors of Hospitality:
Nicole Kier at Kier.nicole@gmail.com or Lauren Sebring at lsebring@goodwillfingerlakes.org

Cancellations permitted up to 24 hours prior to event. Registration will close Friday 5/7 at 5pm.


Connection Details: Attendees will receive an email with a Zoom link, along with connection instructions, prior to the event.


This program has been submitted for 1.0 HR credit hours to the HR Certification Institute for review.