Monday, September 13, 2021

HERO Act: COVID-19 safety measures for private sector employers.

Earlier this year, the HERO Act passed in New York State. This law requires all private sector employers to adopt safety standards and workplace procedures that protect workers from COVID-19 or other airborne infectious diseases.

In furtherance of the law, the New York State Department of Labor and Department of Health have developed a new Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard, a Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan, and various industry-specific model plans for the prevention of airborne infectious disease.

These plans must go into effect when an airborne infectious disease is designated by the New York State Commissioner of Health as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health.

Employers can choose to adopt the applicable policy template/plan provided by NYS DOL or establish an alternative plan that meets or exceeds the standard’s minimum requirements.

Currently, while private employers must adopt plans as required by the law, as of the date of this writing no designation has been made and plans are not required to be in effect.

Public sector employers are currently exempt from the new state law.

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