New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious disease prevention plans in effect and up to date. Elsewhere in the Empire State, NYC Mayor Eric Adams did not take action within the requisite 30 days on an ordinance passed by the City Council in December, thereby allowing the ordinance to become law without his signature. The law, which will become effective on May 15, provides that NYC employers with at least 4 employees, employment agencies or their agents must include in any ad for a job, promotion or transfer opportunity the minimum and maximum salary for the position. Affected employers are advised to set salary ranges for all positions and review other human resources documents such as job descriptions and compensation policies as violators can be fined as much as $125,000. The city is expected to develop guidance for employers to ensure compliance.