Original post on June 1, 2021 (“Making the Workplace a Safer Place: A Job for New York’s HERO Act”)
Key takeaways for New York employers from the NY HERO Act, as amended:
- The NYS DOL must publish a model safety standard by July 5, 2021.
- 30 days thereafter, New York employers must either adopt the model standard or create their own health and safety plan to prevent occupational exposure to airborne infectious diseases, which meets or exceeds the minimum requirements established by the NYS DOL.
- Every employer must provide its prevention plan to its employees, within 30 days after adoption of the plan, within 15 days after reopening after a period of closure due to airborne infectious disease, and to any newly hired employee, upon hiring the new employee.
- Employers must permit employees to establish joint employer-employee workplace safety committees, beginning on November 1, 2021.