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As New York State moves forward, high-demand workers are essential for businesses to reopen and the economy to get back on track. The DOL and partner agencies around the State understand that getting back to work is reliant on several factors that may make getting, and keeping, a job a challenge following the COVID-19 pandemic. To help break down the barriers to employment faced by workers around the country, employers and businesses alike are encouraged to refer to the following information and resources that can help address caregiving responsibilities, public transportation and commute needs, and workplace health and safety concerns.
Breaking Down Barriers to Employment
New York State has enacted various measures to protect workers as New York moves forward and reopens. Effective May 19, New York State has adopted CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people for most businesses and public settings. To keep workers safe and on the job, employers are required to follow the state’s safe reopening regulations.
The first-in-the-nation NY HERO Act directs New York State agencies to create clear, enforceable health and safety standards that private employers must follow to keep their employees, and by extension their communities, safe. The DOL and other State agencies are currently developing these health and safety standards. Please check back soon for updated guidance.
Find out when your industry is reopening and what it means for your current or future workplace.
Protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 as workplaces and businesses around the state reopen. Follow the NY Forward Guidance when returning to work.
Excelsior Pass is a free, fast, and secure way to accept proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result. Learn more about the app and how your business can utilize it.
Each business or entity, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire State Development's Essential Business Guidance, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan.
Public employers are required to have a written plan for operations in the event of a declared public health emergency, including COVID-19. All public employees should have access to this plan. Employers may use these templates to assist them with complying with the law.