LIEs can still get help for utilities – but few take it

Few customers behind on their electricity bills take advantage of the protections

Customers facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic may still be granted a state-imposed grace period to protect them from closures until Dec. 21, state and utility officials said on Wednesday. .

But so far, few customers are taking advantage, reports Newsday’s Mark Harrington.

Among Long Island electric customers who were behind on their electric bills at the end of May, only about 184 customers had called the PSEG to request a grace period, according to a Newsday analysis. LI’s clients owed a total of nearly $ 150 million.

The state of emergency officially ended on June 24, freeing utilities to use the threat of shutdowns to force customers overdue on their bills to pay from this week. But state law passed in May gave customers who request an additional grace period to avoid a shutdown if they are financially affected by COVID-19. Keep reading.

The number of new positives reported today: 37 in Nassau, 25 in Suffolk, 236 in New York City and 411 statewide.

Find a map of new cases and view graphs showing the latest local trends in vaccinations, tests, hospitalizations, deaths and more.

Connect with coworkers when you’ve never met them in person

Many new hires plan to hook up with coworkers, visit a boss’s office to ask a question, and impress others during meetings. But for employees who have started new jobs virtually since the pandemic – especially recent college graduates – it has been a bit complicated, reports Liza N. Burby.

The result is a loss of socialization through which innovation, collaboration and connection are more likely, according to Janet Lenaghan, dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University in Hempstead and expert in human resources and in management. Another loss, she said, is access to the kind of information and ideas that take place in discussions before meetings.

Take Andrew Jacobson, who was hired as a financial analyst for Northwell Health in Westbury before graduating from Adelphi University. His expectations for his first professional job did not include spending the working day in his childhood bedroom.

“I started remotely in mid-June and really felt that there had been no transition to professional life because I spent my entire last semester of school on Zoom all day at home five feet from my bed and then basically doing the same thing, but for a business this time, ”said Jacobson, 23, of Albertson.

What LI Employers Need To Know About NY HERO Act

Time is running out for employers to comply with the new mandatory health and safety requirements created by the NY HERO Act in response to the pandemic.

The law, signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in May, aims to prevent current and future occupational exposure to airborne infectious diseases in the workplace. By July 5, the NYS Department of Labor is expected to publish standards for all jobsites, differentiated by industry.

Once published, employers have 30 days to adopt a plan that meets or exceeds these standards and 60 days to provide that plan to employees. The HERO Act also requires employers with 10 or more employees to meet a November 1 deadline to establish a joint management-union workplace safety committee.

Jamie Herzlich has more on what employers should know.

After the pandemic, Toys for Tots now for all seasons

A new initiative from Toys for Tots hopes to bring smiles all year round to children affected by the pandemic by turning the holiday tradition into a year-long event.

The announcement of a first summer expansion to the annual collection program – and a new toy closet, where children in need can get a toy all year round – was made by the U.S. Marines, who run Toys for Tots, as well as official premises at Paramount in Huntington on Wednesday.

Newsday’s John Valenti reports that the idea for what Suffolk Long Island Business Council Chairman Robert Fonti called “Toys for Tots 2.0” arose when officials saw an “expected increased demand” for toys, books, Holiday games and gifts for Long Island children created by the pandemic-related hardships.

More to know

Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson will headlining a concert in August in Central Park, marking the city’s return from the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A freshman entering Great Neck South The high school is among the top 10 winners of a full scholarship raffle to any SUNY or CUNY college for young people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, Cuomo said.

The number of Americans claiming unemployment aid fell again last week, dropping from 51,000 to 364,000 – the lowest level since the pandemic struck last year.

The latest alarming variant of the coronavirus is exploiting global low vaccination rates and haste to ease pandemic restrictions, adding a new urgency to the campaign to get more shots and slow its spread.

News for you

Where to eat this weekend. You may still be catching up on some culinary experiences lost during the pandemic. This weekend, go for the ultimate sushi experience with one of these three options. Or find the perfect lobster roll on Long Island.

Will a dose protect me? Yes, but not as much as if you had received both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine, experts say. Read more.

An updated drive-through schedule. Outdoor and pop-up movies and concerts have popped up around Long Island this season. Here is an updated list.

More: As you keep coming back after the pandemic, watch out for ticks. Experts discussed how to protect yourself in this Newsday Live webinar on Thursday.

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We are two Americas, vaccinated and unvaccinated. Columnist Doyle McManus writes for the Los Angeles Times: For a few blessed weeks there, it looked like the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States was drawing to a close. The number of cases was plummeting, restaurants were reopening and life seemed almost normal.

Not anymore; the fast-spreading Delta variant has reached US shores. The number of cases is still low compared to the winter peak, but in many areas infections are on the rise.

And although 57% of adults are now fully vaccinated, giving them strong protection against the variant, states where vaccinations have fallen behind could have a particularly difficult summer. “They are sitting ducks for the next outbreak,” recently warned Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

We are becoming two Americas, vaccinated and unvaccinated. Keep reading.

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