Hochul: Employers now required to implement workplace safety plans

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced that the state commissioner of health has designated COVID-19 “a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” under New York State’s HERO Act. Therefore, under the HERO ACT, employers are now required to implement their workplace safety plans.

Employers, including credit unions, were required to either adopt one of the state Department of Labor’s model plans or develop an alternative plan (accessible on the DOL website) that meets or exceeds the requirements by Aug. 5, 2021. The HERO Act requires that plans go into effect when the New York state commissioner of health designates an airborne infectious disease as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public, which has now occurred.

“This designation will ensure protections are in place to keep our workers safe and support our efforts to combat the virus and promote health and safety,” Hochul said. “While we continue to increase our vaccination numbers, the fight against the Delta variant is not over, and we have to do everything we can to protect our workers.”

Questions regarding the HERO Act and prevention plans can be directed to Chris Pajak, the Association’s VP of member engagement at 1(800) 342-9835 ext. 8188 or via email at christopher.pajak@nycua.org.

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