The New York Health and Essential Rights Act, known as the NY HERO Act, is designed to protect employees against exposure and disease during an airborne infectious disease outbreak through extensive workplace health and safety protections. This new law (S.1034-A/A.2681-B), was signed by the governor on May 5, 2021.

On September 6, 2021, Governor Hochul announced the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under the HERO Act. This designation required all employers to implement their Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan. On March 17, 2022, the designation ended.

What does the Act require?

The Act requires that employers develop an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan for the purpose of protecting employees against exposure and disease during an outbreak.