BNP Advocacy Insider – July 2021
July 8, 2021
Hero Act Standards Released
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.
The BNP works closely with government leaders to keep them informed of employer challenges and to advocate for policy that would ease the workforce crisis. The BNP supports legislation that expands access to education and training, makes quality childcare more accessible, removes barriers to workforce participation, and reforms our immigration system to meet our region’s workforce needs.
In the New York State Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan, the Council recommends implementing some form of carbon pricing to help the state combat climate change. So, what is carbon pricing, and how would it impact New York?
Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.
Today, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she will NOT be renewing the state’s mask mandate, so the mandate will expire tomorrow.