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Protections expanded for workers who report employers, businesses for violations

Workers who face retaliation for reporting illegal or dangerous practices have new protections thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday.

The law expands protections to former workers, and also expands what’s considered to be a retaliatory action.

“If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that protecting workers must be part of our overall economic recovery efforts,” Hochul said. “This legislation ensures that employees can speak out on dangerous or illegal business practices that endanger their health and wellbeing. No worker should have to endure poor working conditions, so I’m proud to further protect working New Yorkers by preventing workplace retaliation.”

The only thing a worker will have to prove is that they were acting within the scope of what they believed to be a reasonable violation of a law.

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