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].