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The state Legislature may require employers to create a workplace safety plan related to infectious diseases.

Essential workers have been on the job amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 50,000 New Yorkers and is now well into its second year of existence in the state. Other employers have kept their workforces at home, viewing that as a safer space until the pandemic has dissipated.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the bill, called the NY Hero Act, is a step toward established safety procedures in offices, restaurants, stores and other workspaces going forward.

“This legislation will ensure that millions of New Yorkers can do their jobs safely and businesses can reopen without risking more COVID outbreaks,” Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of The Alliance for a Greater New York, an alliance of labor and community organizations, said in a statement.

“That is how we will build our state back and better than ever before.”

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