Connections: Discussing New York's Hero Act

May 18, 2021

New York state has enacted a new law that is designed to protect workers against airborne diseases in the workplace. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's about learning from the current pandemic and making sure workers are safe going forward. In a statement, the governor said, "When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it quickly became clear that New York's employers weren't taking adequate steps to protect their workers from airborne infectious disease."

The new law requires employers to create a plan -- and potentially some major changes -- by early June. Will it work to prevent, for example, workers from infecting each other with a common cold? What about the flu? We discuss it and we examine what we've learned about how COVID spread. Our guests:

  • Dr. Emil Lesho, Rochester Regional Health healthcare epidemiologist, infectious diseases specialist, and professor of medicine
  • Elizabeth Cordello,┬áchair of the labor and employment practice group at Pullano & Farrow