Joe Harris Discusses New Workplace Safety Standards in New York’s Hero Act

In a Crain’s New York Business article, “Business community decries worker-safety bill,” A.Y. Strauss partner Joe Harris commented on the New York Health and Essential Rights—or Hero—Act that passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate this week and awaits the Governor’s signature.

The bill that “would create enforceable health and safety standards related to airborne diseases and allow employees to form workplace oversight committees and take legal action against employers without fear of reprisal” has sparked controversy for the burden it will indefinitely put on small businesses.

Critics have called the language in the Hero Act overly broad and according to Harris, “A lot will depend on how this will get implemented. There’s some very broad language. ‘Proper air flow.’ ‘Other special design requirements.’ What does all of that mean?”

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