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Governor Cuomo signs legislation to protect public workers in New York

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 7, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation requiring all public employers to create plans to adequately protect workers in the event of another state disaster emergency involving a communicable disease.
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The plans would apply to both the state and localities, including school districts.

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Plans must be submitted to unions and labor management committees within 150 days, and plans need to be finalized on April 1, 2021.

Operation plans must include:

List and description of positions considered essential
Descriptions of protocols to follow to enable all non-essential employees to work remotely
Description of how employers would stagger work shifts to reduce overcrowding Protocols for PPE
Protocol for when an employee is exposed to disease
Protocol for documenting hours and work locations for essential workers
Protocol for working with essential employees' localities for identifying emergency housing if needed
Any other requirement determined by the New York State Department of Health, such as testing and contact tracing.