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Keep Your Safety Plans in Place: New York HERO Act COVID-19 Designation Extended Until February 15, 2022

The  New York State Acting Commissioner of Health has extended the designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to public health under the NY HERO Act until February 15, 2022. Accordingly, the airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans required under Section 1 of the Act must be kept in place through that date, at which point the Commissioner will review whether the designation should be continued.

As a reminder, the New York State Department of Labor recently issued a proposed rule regarding workplace safety committees pursuant to Section 2 of the NY HERO Act. A hearing on the proposed rule is scheduled for February 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., and public comments will be accepted for five days thereafter (or longer, if a second hearing is scheduled). As we previously explained, the proposed rule establishes the procedure for employees to request formation of a workplace safety committee and the requirements employers that receive such requests must follow. We will keep you apprised of the status of the proposed rule, which will apply to all New York private employers with at least ten employees.

©2022 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 19
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Susan Gross Sholinsky, Labor Employment Attorney, Epstein Becker Green Law Firm
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SUSAN GROSS SHOLINSKY is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. She counsels clients on a variety of matters, in a practical and straightforward manner, with an eye toward reducing the possibility of employment-related claims. In 2013, Ms. Sholinsky was named to theNew York Metro Rising Stars list in the area of Employment & Labor.

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Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper Labor Employment Attorney Epstein Becker Law Firm
Member of the Firm

NANCY GUNZENHAUSER POPPER is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green.

Ms. Popper:

  • Counsels clients on compliance with EEO laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, worker classification issues, and other federal, state, and local statutes governing the workplace

  • Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment...

212-351-3758
Law Clerk - Admission Pending

Christopher Shur is a Law Clerk - Admission Pending - in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green.

212-351-3716
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