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Legal Analysis of Gov. Hochul’s Enforcement of New York State’s HERO Act

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a directive that requires businesses in New York State to implement specific workplace safety plans. This directive enforces regulations set forth in the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, also known as the HERO Act. The HERO Act was put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WGRZ 2 On Your Side anchor Scott Levin recently interviewed attorney Barry N. Covert to provide legal analysis regarding enforcement of New York State’s HERO Act. During the interview, Mr. Covert discussed the potential implications the HERO Act will have on New York State businesses, the liability the HERO Act may create for employers, and the possibility of a legal challenge to the HERO Act.

Continuing reading for portions of Barry Covert’s comments and click the video below to watch the full interview with WGRZ’s Scott Levin.

Legal Analysis of Employer Mandates for Coronavirus Vaccinations

President Joe Biden recently announced new COVID-19 pandemic requirements for all federal workers.  In an effort to increase vaccination rates, federal workers will be required to attest that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or comply with mandatory requirements involving masking, testing, and social distancing.

WIVB News 4 recently aired a report on the new vaccine requirements for federal employees. As part of their ongoing coverage of the coronavirus and vaccine debate, WIVB anchor Jacquie Walker spoke with attorney Barry N. Covert.

In their interview, Jacquie Walker asks Barry Covert to address the legality of a vaccine mandate for federal employees, the applicability of a vaccine mandate in the private sector, and the possibility of a federal vaccine mandate for all citizens of the United States.

Judge Sets Deadline for School Districts to Provide Plan for In-person Instruction Five Days a Week. State Told to Provide Social Distancing Guidance.

Attorneys Paul Cambria and Todd Aldinger recently appeared in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of parents from the Williamsville and Orchard Park school districts. The school districts, school boards, the governor, the New York State Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Education were all named as defendants in the lawsuit. Parents involved in the lawsuits want the school districts to offer five days of in school learning per week for those who desire that their students receive such in-person education.

As reported by the Buffalo News, the judge in this matter ordered Williamsville and Orchard Park school districts to present plans for five days of instruction by April 13th and stated that New York State must then approve or reject the plans by April 20th. The judge also stated that he wants a decision from New York State by April 20th on what type of social distancing is recommended, 3 feet or 6 feet.