As part of a flurry of activity during last week’s end of session rush, both houses of the New York legislature passed a bill requiring New York nonprofits to create and implement workplace violence prevention programs. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill, which will become effective one year after it is signed into law. The bill extends a requirement, which was implemented in 2006 for all public sector employers, to all New York nonprofit corporations that receive at least 50% of their funding from municipal, state or federal government sources, including Medicare or Medicaid. Compliance with the law will likely be monitored by the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Health and Safety, Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau. In order to comply with the law, covered employers must:
While workplace violence policies are common across most both public and private employers, the implementation of the requirements set forth above on New York’s nonprofits demonstrates yet another example of increased regulation of these entities in New York. Even though the law’s effective date is delayed, employers should begin considering the contours of these required workplace programs now.
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