BNP Advocacy Insider – July 2021
July 8, 2021
Hero Act Standards Released
New York State Department of Labor published its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention standards as mandated by the NY HERO Act. All industry-specific standards can be found on our website.
The BNP recently hosted a webinar called “What Employers Need to Know About the NY HERO Act,” featuring expert advice from Barclay Damon. The presentation can be viewed here, and the slides are available here. Stay tuned for upcoming events the BNP will host to help you understand and implement these standards.
BNP Earns Numerous Advocacy Wins in 2021 Session
The NYS Legislature recently concluded its 2021 Legislative Session. The BNP was proud of its efforts to support legislation that would strengthen our regional economy and oppose legislation that would harm it. To learn about the many proposals on which the BNP took an active advocacy role, visit our blog.
Congressional Infrastructure Debate Rages On
After months of debate and a press conference in which President Biden and a bipartisan coalition of Senators announced a deal, Congress is still far from a final agreement on a federal infrastructure package. There is broad support for physical infrastructure investments, but other social investments have become a sticking point.
For a full explanation of where negotiations stand and what the final package may include, visit our blog here.
Comptroller: “Duplication” in State Workforce Efforts
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recently released a report assessing the state Department of Labor’s workforce development efforts. The report found significant overlap, duplication, gaps, and fragmentation in state workforce development programs and services. The audit found that New York offers over 500 workforce development programs and services, administered
3.21.22 COVID Bulletin: State Reverses Course on HERO Act
Without fanfare, the New York State Department of Labor updated its website to announce the relaxation of some NY HERO Act provisions. Employers can now forego enforcing their workplace safety plans.
3.17.22 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Extends State of Emergency, Signs Sexual Harassment Bills
Governor Kathy Hochul has issued an Executive Order extending New York’s state of emergency declaration for COVID-19. The state of emergency was scheduled to expire today, but Hochul extended the declaration through April 15.
Empire Center: Single Payer “Sticker Shock”
A new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy details how expensive a single payer healthcare system would be in New York. The full report is available here.