Employment-New York State Requires Health Care Workers To Get Flu Shots

The New York State Department of Health (the “DOH”) has issued emergency regulations which require health care workers (with some exceptions) at covered employers to get flu shots each year. The covered employers are: hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, certified home health agencies, long-term home health care programs, AIDs home care programs, licensed home care service agencies and hospices. The flu shots must be received either at the employer’s facilities or elsewhere, at no cost to the workers, by November 30 of the year. The employer must document that the shots have been received, and submit a report to the DOH, indicating the status of the shots, by May 1 of the year. The regulations are effective as of August 13, 2009.