Tips for employers under COVID-19

HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS:

  • Develop a plan for infectious diseases
  • Identify risks and exposure in the workplace [1965] hand washing and social distance
  • Actively encouraging sick employees to stay at home
  • Follow CDC, OSHA and government guidance

TIPS FOR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES:

  • Develop, distribute and implement a return policy addresses occupational safety such as testing, teleworking and changing schedules
  • Developing, distributing and implementing a cleaning plan
  • Addressing employees who cannot or do not want to return to work
    • Be aware of potential consequences with ADA

    [19659007] Decide whether to test your employees

    • If you decide to test, be aware of the requirements for medical confidentiality
  • Follow w with paid sick leave legislation as FFCA
  • Pay attention to pay and hourly issues for non-exempt employees
  • Avoid discrimination claims
    • When recalling laid off or furloughed workers, be sure to review choices for a divergent impact In order to avoid allegations of discrimination
    • When applying medical test criteria in a decision to send an employee home or when making a decision to ask an employee not to return to work, it is important to do so uniformly
    • Resist the call to send home, or keep, older employees, employees with underlying health conditions and employees who are pregnant for safety reasons
  • Prepare for future closures

COVID-19 LAWS AND RELATED ISSUES:

  • Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):
    • Provides Support and Paid Sick Leave for Employees
    • Extends F MLA Leave for COVID-19 Related Issues

    [19659007] Americans with Dis Skills Act (ADA):

    • Protection against Work Discrimination Due to Disability
  • Work Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN): [19659015] Provides Guidance and Guidance on Terminations and Closures [19659007] WARN requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days written notice to expelled workers
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Act (CARES ): Unemployment Compensation
    • Temporary increase in unemployment benefits for individuals paid as a result of COVID-19
  • CARES Act: Tax
    • The CARES Act provides eligible employers with up to three favorable tax provisions:
      • tax relief for employee retention
      • social security contributions paid as payroll taxes
      • employers' payments on student loans can be excluded from gross income
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OS HA):
    • General obligation for employers to provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury
    • to provide personal protective equipment to employees
  • HELPFUL RESOURCES:

    • https: //www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
    • http : //www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF
    • https://www.cbia.com/ct-coronavirus-resources/
    • https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/COVID -19-FAQs.pdf% E2% 80% A6
    • https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/ Information-For / Business-Resources

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