Update: New York’s Governor Extends to October 31, 2021 Employers’ Obligation to Implement Their Exposure Prevention Plans under NY’s HERO Act
On September 30, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul extended, until October 31, 2021, her prior designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease, thereby requiring employers to continue to implement their infectious disease prevention plans under New York’s HERO Act. Gov. Hochul will review the level of transmission of COVID-19 in New York State on that date and determine whether to continue the designation after October 31. All New York employers are required to continue to implement the safety measures in their infectious disease prevention plans for the duration of the designation period. We will continue to monitor guidance and information from the NYS DOH and the NYS DOL to determine additional or continuing obligations for employers, if any.