February 18, 2022 Extension of the NY HERO Act
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
We are writing to advise you that the State Health Commissioner has extended, until March 17, 2022, the designation of 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.’” As a result, employers must continue to keep their NY HERO Act (New York Health and Essential Rights Act) plans in effect through at least March 17th, unless and until the Health Commissioner’s designation is either rescinded or expires without renewal.
You should also be aware that the State has again updated its HERO Act Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan to address the use of face coverings in the workplace consistent with currently applicable State Department of Health and CDC guidance.
If you have any questions regarding the NY HERO Act or your related duties and responsibilities, please contact Alyssa L. Zuckerman or one of our other attorneys at 631-694-2300.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
 Our September 15, 2021 Client Memorandum regarding the HERO Act provides information about the implementation of the Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan and an employer’s obligations pursuant to the Act.
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