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Return To Work For New York State Employees Postponed – Original Mandate That Required Workers To Either Be Vaccinated Or Tested Weekly For COVID-19 Pushed Back From September 7th To October 12th

Published Thursday, September 9, 2021
by Morgan McKay/NY1.com
Return To Work For New York State Employees Postponed – Original Mandate That Required Workers To Either Be Vaccinated Or Tested Weekly For COVID-19 Pushed Back From September 7th To October 12th

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A mandate that required New York State Employees to either be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19 has been pushed back from September 7th to October 12th.  Employees at state agencies also now do not have to return to work in-person until the October 12th date as well, according to a memo from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.

This memo comes as certain agencies were considering legal action against the state over the vaccine and testing mandate for unvaccinated individuals, saying the Governor’s Office did not consult with Unions before making this decision.

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo at the end of July created the mandate that all State Workers by Labor Day would have to either be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19, in order to push employers around the state to bring their Workers back to their offices.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s Office, however, quietly pushed this deadline back and instead brought back universal mask rules to state buildings in counties with high COVID-19 transmission rates.  

In a statement, a spokesperson for Governor Hochul said: “Governor Hochul is working closely with the Department of Health to control the spread of the Delta Variant and protect New Yorkers.  We are constantly monitoring the data and evaluating policies to ensure we are prioritizing health and safety while continuing to deliver the services that New Yorkers need.  We updated guidance for state agencies to provide Employees and the public with the information and resources to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and ensure government workplaces have flexibility as our hard-working State Employees continue to safely return to in-person work.”

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2021/09/07/return-to-work-for-state-employees-postponed   

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