Tug Hill agency offers free webinar


WATERTOWN — The Tug Hill Commission is providing a free webinar on the new NYS Public Employer Mandatory Emergency Plan requirement on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m.

On Labor Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation requiring all public employers to create contingency operations plans to protect public workers in future health emergencies.

The webinar will include a Q&A and attendees will receive a free template to support developing this plan.

Register for this free webinar at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i5ONsSaoRVmIXK2HaClCxQ

Jurisdictions with employees represented by a labor union must have a draft completed by Feb 4, 2021 for submission to those unions and final plans are required to be completed and on file with the municipality by April 1, 2021.

The plan requirements include:

A list and description of positions and titles considered essential

Protocols which will enable non-essential employees to work remotely

A description of how work shifts may be staggered to reduce overcrowding

Protocols for procuring, storing, and distributing PPE

Protocols to prevent the spread of disease if an employee is exposed, symptomatic, or tests positive

Protocols for documenting hours and work locations of all employees for contact tracing

Protocols for coordinating with applicable government entities for temporary emergency employee housing

Developing a meaningful plan that meets these legal requirements can be challenging. In this webinar, Timothy Riecker, partner and principal consultant with Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC, will review the legal requirements and provide guidance to help municipalities navigate the planning process to meet these requirements.


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