Reminder: New Requirement to Adopt Plan for Operations in the Event of a Declared Public Health Emergency

Reminder: New Requirement to Adopt Plan for Operations in the Event of a Declared Public Health Emergency

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED…

In September 2020, we issued a client memo advising that New York had enacted legislation (Labor Law § 27-c) requiring public employers, other than school districts and BOCES, to adopt a plan for operations if the Governor declares a public health emergency involving a communicable disease. School districts and BOCES must modify their district-wide safety plans to include protocols that are “substantially consistent” with this legislation.

The plan contents, as well as the procedure to finalize and adopt it, are described in our previous memo. Your plan must be adopted by April 1, 2021.

The State has not issued a sample plan or guidance on implementing the plan’s requirements. We continue to recommend that you revisit the procedures that you implemented during (and since) the “shutdown” period and to use these as a baseline upon which to develop and draft your plan.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, or would like assistance with drafting your plan, determining which provisions might be subject to negotiations with your unions, or negotiating about them with your unions, please contact Alyson Mathews by email at am@lambbarnosky.com, or any of our other labor and employment law attorneys by calling 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.

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