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New York Whistleblower Statute Amended to Significantly Expand Worker Protections

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed Senate Bill S4394A on October 28, 2021, significantly expanding protections under New York’s whistleblower statute, New York Labor Law Section 740.

Section 740 previously prohibited New York employers from retaliating against employees who disclosed or threatened to disclose to a supervisor or a public body any activity, policy or practice of the employer that constituted an actual violation of law, rule or regulation and either:

  1. Presented a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or
  2. Constituted health care fraud.

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