How the NY HERO Act Protects Workers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law a measure that affords workers an added level of protection against exposure to infectious diseases in the workplace. The New York Health and Essential Rights Act, more commonly referred to as the NY HERO Act, implements a framework that businesses and employers can use to protect their workers from airborne viruses and diseases in the workplace.

General and Industry-specific Plans

The NY HERO Act includes some important provisions that affect employers throughout the state of New York:

  • The law establishes an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard that outlines the basic steps required to comply with New York regulations.
  • The NY HERO Act also offers a Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan that can be adopted and adapted by companies within the state to protect their employees against the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • Some additional models are available in the NY HERO act that applies to specific industries operating in the state of New York.

The guidance and prevention models are currently available in English and are expected to be available in Spanish soon.

At Risman & Risman, P.C., we offer practical help for employees who have been negatively impacted by the policies or actions of their employers. We represent victims of wrongful termination, retaliatory action, and sexual harassment on the job. Give our team a call today at 212-233-6400 to schedule a consultation with us. We are here to serve you.