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The NY HERO Act is intended to prevent current and future occupational exposure to airborne infectious diseases at workplaces throughout New York state. This new law:

  • Requires the Department of Labor, in consultation with the Department of Health, to create and publish a general model airborne infectious disease exposure standard for all worksites and, where appropriate, differentiated by industry. The standard must include retaliation protections and be published in English and Spanish.
  • Requires private employers to establish an airborne infectious disease exposure plan by adopting the model standard, or an alternative plan that equals or exceeds the model standard.
  • Requires employers to provide written notice to workers about the model standard.
  • Authorizes the Department of Labor and the New York State Attorney General to take appropriate enforcement measures.
  • Allows employees to establish and administer joint labor-management workplace safety committees.

DOL will be sharing more details about this law in the near future. Please check this website for updates and direct general inquiries to [email protected].