On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Heroes Act into law but has delayed its effective date until the legislature adopts some “technical corrections” the Governor insisted upon. The law mandates that all employers in the Empire State – regardless of the number of employees – must adopt minimum health and safety requirement to prevent the spread of airborne infectious diseases in the workplace. Employers will have the option of developing their own prevention plan – subject to DOL approval, of course – or adopting the state standard that the New York Department of Labor is directed to establish within 30 days of the Governor’s signature. Furthermore, employers will be required to post their plan in the workplace and distribute it to all employees. Violators of the new mandate will be dealt with harshly – up to $50/day for not adopting a plan and between $1,000 and $10,000 for not complying with an adopted plan. In addition, courts may award attorneys’ fees and costs along with damages up to $20,000 for violations. The governor’s amendments are said to make the law more favorable to businesses.