HRCE Compliance Update: NYS HERO Act Designation EXPIRED March 17, 2022


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The New York State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mary Bassett, announced the following in a press release last week:
“On March 17, 2022, the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under the HERO Act ended. Private sector employers are no longer required to implement their workforce safety plans.”
With COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates decreasing and the HERO Act mask mandate and other preventative measures lifted last month in New York, the Health Commissioner has now allowed the designation to expire.
Therefore, employers are no longer required to implement their Disease Exposure Prevention Plan under the HERO Act, including daily health screenings and other requirements. However, employers must continue to maintain their safety plans, including as part of their employee handbooks, in the event of a later designation.

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