New York State Funeral Directors Association

(03.11.2021) Following an unprecedented year, and in recognition of funeral service professionals' unwavering commitment to your local communities, Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed March 11, 2021 Funeral Directors Recognition Day in New York State. An honor well-deserved!

Plus, as declared by Congress in 2008, March 11 is National Funeral Director Recognition Day. Visit us on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) to see how we celebrated our members, their continued support and loyalty, and the incredible impact they make in their local community each and every day.

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The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records (NYSDOH, BVR) is excited to announce the statewide implementation of the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) Amendment functionality, in effect September 15, 2020. This implementation follows an extensive pilot program with three major NYS counties; Monroe, Nassau, and Suffolk. Local Registrars, statewide, will no longer accept corrections for any cases that were filed electronically after implementation.

The Amendment functionality allows users, with appropriately assigned permissions, to submit changes directly on the case within the EDRS for electronically registered death cases. Using the EDRS significantly reduces the need for manual interlineation on hard copies, generates automated notifications, and expedites amendment processing. NOTE: Electronic amendments cannot be completed for paper or Dropped to paper records.

As part of legislation passed earlier this year within the 2021 State budget is a new statewide paid sick leave law which took effect September 1, 2020. Under the law, beginning September 30 employees will begin accruing leave time for use starting January 1, 2021. As described below, the new leave provisions, which amend the NY Labor Law, will require New York employers of all sizes to provide a certain amount of paid or unpaid sick leave to be used for certain medical and employee safety-related reasons.

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