Bill Text: NY A10353 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Requires employers to notify employees if they come into contact with other employees who have been diagnosed in relation to a disease outbreak causing a public health emergency; prohibits employers from disclosing the name of the diagnosed employee.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-07-09 - print number 10353a [A10353 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A10353-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                        10353--A

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     April 29, 2020
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by M. of A. AUBRY -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Labor -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the labor law, in relation to requiring employers to
          notify employees if they come into contact with  other  employees  who
          have been diagnosed in relation to a disease outbreak causing a public
          health emergency

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a new section  202-n  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  202-n. Public health emergencies; notification of contact.  1. When
     4  a federal, state, or local state of emergency has been declared due to a
     5  disease outbreak causing a public health emergency and an  employer  has
     6  reasonable  knowledge  that  an  employee  has  been  diagnosed with the
     7  disease causing such public health emergency, the employer shall  notify
     8  each  employee  who  has  had contact with the diagnosed employee within
     9  twenty-four hours of such knowledge, provided such disclosure is author-
    10  ized by federal and/or state law or regulation; provided, however,  that
    11  the  employer  shall  not reveal the name of the diagnosed employee; and
    12  provided further, however, that such notification shall be  provided  in
    13  writing,  in  English  and  in  the  employee's primary language.   This
    14  section shall not apply to an employer with ten or fewer employees.
    15    2. The commissioner shall prepare templates of such  notification  and
    16  shall determine, in his or her discretion, which languages to provide in
    17  addition  to English, based on the size of the New York state population
    18  that speaks each language and any other  factor  that  the  commissioner
    19  shall  deem  relevant.  All  such  templates  shall be made available to
    20  employers in such manner as determined  by  the  commissioner.  When  an
    21  employee  identifies as his or her primary language a language for which
    22  a template is not available from the commissioner,  the  employer  shall
    23  comply  with this subdivision by providing such employee an English-lan-
    24  guage notice.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD16144-03-0
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