NY HERO Act: Protecting Workers from Airborne Diseases

On May 5, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) into law. 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. To learn more about your responsibilities as an employer, visit the Department of Labor NY HERO Act webpage, which includes both the plan requirements as well as industry-specific model plans that your organization can adopt.