In early September, we advised you that the designation of COVID-19 as “a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” triggered HERO Act requirements for employers in New York State.
NYS Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has extended the designation until October 31, 2021.
“On September 6, 2021, pursuant to Labor Law § 218-b and the associated regulation at 12 NYCRR 840.1, I designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health in New York State, in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the level of transmission of such disease as “substantial” or “high.” I hereby continue this designation until October 31, 2021, at which point I will review the level of transmission of COVID-19 in New York State and determine whether to continue this designation.”
Employers are required to adopt plans to address airborne infectious diseases. These plans go into effect when the NY DOH declares that there is a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health in New York State.” As a result of Commissioner Zucker’s decision, the plan must remain in place for another month.
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