Biaggi and Senate Majority advanced legislation to improve workplace COVID-19 safety standards


On March 1, Senator Alessandra Biaggi and the Senate Democratic Majority passed major legislation to stand up for New York workers.

This package enacts the “NY Hero Act” sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, which requires the creation of health and safety standards for COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases in the workplace. It also includes legislation to encourage employer use of shared work programs to avoid layoffs and legislation to increase the amount of shared work benefits to the maximum allowed by federal law.

Additionally, these bills promote career paths into healthcare, permit employee time off for vaccinations to be administered, and grant an enhanced death benefit to families of deceased public employees.

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