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New York HERO Act: What You Need to Know

New York HERO Act: What You Need to Know

July 20, 2021 at 2:42 PM - workplace health and safety,

As employers have been working through post-pandemic office reopening plans, those with employees in New York must be mindful of additional issues and compliance obligations. In May, Governor Cuomo signed into law the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”), which amended NY Labor Law to codify extensive health and safety directives. This law applies to all private employers with at least one employee at any worksite located in New York, unless already covered by federal OSHA’s emergency temporary standard for COVID-19.

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New York Mandates Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations

New York Mandates Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations

March 18, 2021 at 12:16 PM - COVID-19,

On March 12, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill (A3354B) mandating that employers provide their employees with paid time off to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Specifically, employees shall receive “a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours” per vaccine dose, and be paid at their regular rate of pay for the entire leave period. For employees receiving the 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, they will be eligible for up to eight hours of paid leave.

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