CRHRA Webinar: NYS Hero Act

CRHRA Webinar | Beyond COVID-19: Understanding the Far-Reaching Implications of New York's HERO Act
Presented by: Joanmarie M. Dowling, Esq.

In case you thought we might be close to "getting back to normal," think again!  Recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, New York's HERO Act creates new workplace health and safety requirements for preventing airborne infectious diseases.  On its face, this doesn't seem to be much different than what employers have been contending with for the past year.  However, the HERO Act has additional requirements beyond preventing the spread of COVID-19 that have substantial - and potentially long-lasting - implications for employers.  Significantly, the law not only requires employers to adopt an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard but also requires employers to permit and subsidize employee safety committees.

In this presentation, we will discuss the requirements for complying with New York HERO Act, including:
- how to create, communicate, and implement the new required Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard; 

- how the HERO Act interacts with CDC guidance allowing vaccinated individuals to forgo mask and social distancing requirements; 
- how employee safety committees will be set up and will function; and
- what the new employee committee requirements mean for employee/supervisory training and employee relations in a union or non-union setting.

Join us for a practical discussion of what organizations need to know to prepare for the HERO Act!


About Our Presenter:

Joanmarie M. Dowling, Esq. is Managing Member of Dowling Law, PLLC and founder of Clarity HR Solutions LLC.  Joanmarie advises and represents for-profit and not-for-profit employers of all sizes in a variety of labor and employment matters, including screening and hiring, discrimination and harassment, reasonable accommodations, leave management, unionization and labor relations, wage and hour, and discipline and discharge.  

In addition to proactive counseling, Joanmarie also conducts workplace investigations on a wide array of legal or policy violation allegations, including workplace discrimination and harassment, code of conduct or ethical violations, bullying, or other alleged misconduct.  Joanmarie is a trained investigator and member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

While her goal is to keep her clients out of the fray, litigation sometimes happens.  Joanmarie has successfully defended employers in both federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Division of Human Rights, the U.S. and New York Departments of Labor, and the New York Workers' Compensation Board. 

Among her many professional and community activities, Joanmarie previously served as CRHRA President, Vice-President, and other Board roles and also served on the NYS SHRM State Council.

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July 21st, 2021 3:00 AM through  1:00 PM
Members $ 20.00
Non-Members $ 30.00
Student/Retirees $ 10.00
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