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December 2021: New York State Extends HERO Act

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of New York.

What happened?
On December 15, 2021, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) extended its designation of COVID-19 under the NY HERO Act for the third time.

What are the details?
The New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) was signed into law on May 5, 2021, and has been extended several times within the year. The law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the NY HERO Act is to protect employees against exposure and disease during a future airborne infectious disease outbreak.

The NY HERO Act’s second extension was originally going to end until December 15, 2021, but was extended another month for the third time by New York State’s health commissioner.

Effective December 13 until January 15, 2022, employers must continue to implement the various disease-prevention measures under the HERO Act, including daily health screenings and masking for workplaces where all individuals on premises are not fully vaccinated, among other requirements.

For more information, please see the links below:

NY Hero Act Website

New York State Health Commissioner’s Designation

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What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the links provided above and continue to perform the tasks required by the NY HERO Act in order to stay compliant with the law.