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Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams have pushed New York businesses to reopen and office workers to return to the workplace since the start of the new year. But NY HERO . Acta little known law quietly issued last yearis the proverbial fly in the ointment.

When Hochul declared COVID-19 an airborne infectious disease in September, as The Post reported at the time, she sparked a flurry of ” [workplace] requirements for businesses across the state – while exempting government agencies. “The law requires all employers to implement safety plans in the workplace.

Last month, her health commissioner continue that COVID-19 name is a “very contagious infectious disease that poses a serious risk to public health.”

Many companies are confused about what restrictions remain and what the state Department of Labor regulations mean. The state DOL confirmed to The Post that the law only applies to private businesses and exempt government agencies.

The act micromanages the tiniest details of business hygiene, including “sneeze etiquette” and “cleaning up soiled laundry,” and allows workers to sue their employers for money. up to $20,000 for minor infractions.

The DOL rules are vague and appear to be based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite Hochul’s spokesperson’s denial, the Ministry of Labor’s registration and model plans are based on CDC guidelines that creates a social distance of 6 feet in the workplace. The manual adds the nonsensical warning “when possible.”

Business owners, human resources, and company attorneys are known to be clever in suggesting that workers can sue their employers for up to $20,000 if they feel the company’s plan You put them at risk.

And with many businesses simply struggling to survive, the HERO Act was not in their sights. Companies – especially in the hospitality industry – are also competing with Hochul’s vaccines, masks and other mandates.

Our “merciful capitalist” mayor needs to use his bully podium to advocate for the removal of all remaining pandemic mandates and guidance on behalf of the besieged business community. siege of the city.

If Hochul is serious about New York’s economic recovery, she should lift the COVID designation and HERO Act restrictions.

If this has not been done, it needs to be done.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/01/gov-kathy-hochul-be-a-hero-lift-the-ny-hero-act/ Advancement of the NY HERO . Act

JACLYN DIAZ

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