Recently, Governor Cuomo passed legislation (S8617B/A10832) that will require all public employers to create plans to adequatelycrisis management protect workers in the event of another state disaster emergency involving a communicable disease.  The plans would apply to both the state and localities, including school districts.  Plans must be submitted to unions and labor management committees with 150 days (roughly by February 1, 2021) and plans need to be finalized on April 1, 2021.

The plans are intended to protect public workers at all levels of government, from a future pandemic and the health crisis conditions it may pose to the state.  The plans will include protections for essential workers and protocols for securing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  

According to the legislation, Operation Plans must include the following information, at a minimum:

  • List and description of positions considered essential
  • Descriptions of protocols to follow to enable all non-essential employees to work remotely
  • Description of how employers would stagger work shifts to reduce overcrowding
  • Protocols for PPE
  • Protocol for when an employee is exposed to disease
  • Protocol for documenting hours and work locations for essential workers
  • Protocol for working with essential employees' localities for identifying emergency housing if needed
  • Any other requirement determined by the New York State Department of Health, such as testing and contact tracing

The majority of these above points have, most likely, already been discussed and instituted at your municipality or school district, in which case they would have to be re-visited and placed into document-form for your plan.  Although NYS has not yet produced a model template for local governments and school districts to utilize, there are some sample planning resources available to assist in this process and at a minimum, provide guidance on what to include in your Operation Plan. 

They include:

Center for Disease Control (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/planning-preparedness/state-local-government-planning.html

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1396880633531-5405f61d483668155492a7cccd1600b/Pandemic_Influenza_Template.pdf

NYS Department of Health (DOH) - https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPlanTemplate.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0-ccsUuOmhCm9UlQNtdz8ufxdPtQFXzKUpSiSzf9Ie9vv4hZumc-BUlyI

The Comp Alliance will keep members up-to-date on developments related to these Operation Plans from NYS – if/when sample templates are available from NYS, if any new requirements are necessary, if timelines change, etc.   Our Risk Management department will provide assistance where we can, in an effort at reducing workplace injuries and exposures during a future communicable disease pandemic crisis.

The Comp Alliance will provide several LIVE Video-Conference Trainings via ZOOM from mid October into December. These trainings will be conducted on three PESH-mandated topics:

  • Workplace Violence
  • Right-To-Know – Chemical Safety
  • Blood-Borne Pathogens

We are offering these on a first-come, first-serve basis as ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for one of the applicable programs – the session schedule is as follows:

DATES and TIMES

A seminar including the NY State Mandated Safety Training topics that are required for ALL municipal employees, administrators, board members, volunteers, and seasonal hires on an annual basis. Please note we are offering evening trainings on several of the dates and we are also offering Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response (HAWOPER) seminars on 10/20, 11/2, and 11/17 from 7:00-7:30 AM and 10/27 and 11/12 from 8:00-8:30 AM.

October

Friday, 10/16 – 10:00 – Noon

Monday, 10/19 – 10:00 - Noon

Tuesday, 10/20 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/21 – 10:00 – Noon

Thursday, 10/22 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, 10/26 – 10:00 - Noon

Tuesday, 10/27 – 10:00 - Noon

Wednesday, 10/28 – 10:00 - Noon

Thursday 10/29 - 10:00 - Noon

November

Monday, 11/2 - 10:00 - Noon

Wednesday, 11/4 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, 11/5 - 10:00 - Noon

Thursday 11/5 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 11/6 - 10:00 - Noon

Monday 11/9 - 10:00 - Noon

Tuesday 11/10 - 10:00 - Noon

Thursday 11/12 - 10:00 - Noon

Thursday 11/12 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Monday 11/16 - 10:00 - Noon

Tuesday 11/17 - 10:00 - Noon

Wednesday 11/18 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/18 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 11/19 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Monday 11/23 - 10:00 - Noon

Monday 11/30 - 10:00 - Noon

December

Tuesday 12/1 - 10:00 - Noon

Wednesday 12/2 - 10:00 - Noon

Wednesday 12/2 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 12/3 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Contact Robert Blaisdell by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for any of these seminars.

The New York State Municipal Workers’ Compensation Alliance (Comp Alliance) is issuing a Member Loyalty Award for its 2020-2021 fiscal year. Awards for members that renewed in June or July will be going out in the next couple of weeks.

The Comp Alliance Board of Trustees recognizes the difficulties our members are going through in this unprecedented time. In appreciation of its members that have stood by the Comp Alliance and contributed to its continued success, the Comp Alliance will again distribute a portion of its surplus to members. This special monetary award reflects a recognition by the Board of Trustees of fiscal challenges faced by municipalities and provides a tangible benefit of municipal cooperation by returning funds to local governments and schools for the betterment of their communities.

All Comp Alliance members who have agreed to continue their membership with the Comp Alliance beyond February 1, 2021 are eligible for the Loyalty Award. Members will receive their award following the commencement of its new policy period. Award amounts are based on the individual member’s longevity of membership with the Comp Alliance and its annual funding contribution.

The Comp Alliance is a not-for-profit workers’ compensation group self-insurance program for municipalities and school districts, with a focus on improving workplace safety and providing stable funding for its members. When the Alliance was formed in the early 1990’s, municipalities in New York struggled to annually budget for unpredictable workers’ compensation costs. The Comp Alliance offers its members budgetary stability and the opportunity to achieve significant savings by sharing the costs of workers’ compensation insurance. Today, the Comp Alliance has more than 300 members, $44 million in contributions and more than $39 million surplus to help maintain long-term financial stability.

With sponsorship and oversight by the Association of Towns of the State of New York and the New York State Conference of Mayors, the Comp Alliance’s mission remains the same as it was 26 years ago —ensuring members are able to meet their long-term workers’ compensation liabilities while maintaining stable funding contributions.

For more information on the Member Loyalty Award Program, please contact a Comp Alliance Marketing Manager or your insurance broker. Visit the Comp Alliance at www.compalliance.org for more information, as well as on Twitter and Facebook for additional program enhancements and announcements.

In August the Comp Alliance School Advisory Council met and discussed  safety topics related to the returnbus pic-to-school. We understand the challenging times related to returning to operations during the COVID pandemic and found it very helpful to understand the challenges and the plans to overcome many of them.  We appreciate everyone who was able to add information about their plans to restart this fall.  The various topics discussed included cleaning, busing, remote learning, schedules and the various challenges associated.

Our Risk Management team  has put  together additional training videos and materials for the Comp Academy website that directly relate to topics we discussed.

To access these safety resources on the Comp Alliance School Academy please visit www.compalliance.org and login as a member. The school opening safety topics have all been set-up as Course 1 on the Academy. If you have not yet registered for the Comp Academy please feel free to email your request to Shawn Roes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be safe, thank you.

The Comp Alliance will be hosting a webinar for members on August 28, 2020 discussing the following topics:

  • Updates on the most recent State Re-Opening Guidelines - From NYS Education Department and the CDC, plus guidance from FDA on restricted products
  • Comp Alliance Risk Management Training Options - Virtual Training Mondays and Beyond!
  • Is your Staff and are your Customers Conforming with your New Normal policies - and what can be done (safely) if they are not?
  • Question and Answer Session

This webinar will be offered via Zoom video conferencing and continue a series of programs offered by the Comp Alliance Risk Management Department. During this program, we will review the processes our members have developed for re-opening, including the latest NYS guidelines and CDC recommendations – as well as review information from the Food and Drug Administration regarding prohibited products that should not be used in your operations, and why. We will update the newest Risk Management training program – weekly Virtual Training programs and how to get your staff scheduled for these training programs! An issue some members are discussing with out risk management staff is the concern when staff refuse to follow the new COVID-19 protection guidelines and what can your municipality do to correct these situations. The same might be true for customers, as they could effect the health and welfare of your staff. We’d also like to hear from our members and address any comments and questions you might have regarding this process or any safety-related questions – our Risk Management staff will be on-line to provide answers.  . 

Please join us for this hour-long program to update our members on safety practices by emailing your registration request to John Triessl, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Members can view the recorded version of this webinar by visiting our members site and clicking on Safety Webinars.

Upcoming Events

28 Jan 2021
08:00AM - 08:30AM
HAZWOPER Awareness Training Live Via Zoom
28 Jan 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Live Zoom Safety Training for Comp Alliance Members
01 Feb 2021
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Live Zoom Safety Training for Comp Alliance Members