Coronavirus What Should Employers Do?

Coronavirus What Should Employers Do?

  • We have some Risk Management guidance to help you manage coronavirus anxiety and risk at work. Remember our guidance shouldn’t take the place of any legal advice about your business.   Right now, the world is facing a global pandemic of COVID-19, also known as the 2019 novel coronavirus or just “the coronavirus.” While it’s not quite the 1918 Pandemic, increasing coronavirus anxiety has prompted much media attention and public concern.

Listing of COVID-19 Resources on workplace Safety and health and other related topics.  

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA’s primary resource is the COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics Page. This page is updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently. General guidance on this page
includes:

Enforcement Memorandums From OSHA: Eight (8) memorandums related to COVID-19 are in effect and intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis:

03/14/2020 - Temporary Enforcement Guidance - Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak


Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC’s primary resource is the CDC COVID-19 Official Webpage. This page is updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently. Recent guidance released and housed on this page includes:

 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Reopening Resources

 

Resources on Cloth Face Coverings (not PPE) and Respiratory Protection:

SAFETY RESOURCES BY INDUSTRY

Retail & Hospitality 

Manufacturing

 

Construction 

AGRICULTURE

 

MEATPACKING AND FOOD PROCESSING

Other Industries 

 

MISC RESOURCES

National Safety Council

 


 

 

Health Insurance Company Resources

 

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Help In Our Community

United Way in San Antonio has put a list of helpful resources to help you and your family through these difficult times.   

San Antonio United Way  https://www.unitedwaysatx.org/covid19/
Houston United Way https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/work/disaster/coronavirus/
Dallas United Way https://unitedwaydallas.org/coronavirus/
Austin United Way https://www.unitedwayaustin.org/united-way-for-greater-austin-responds-t...
Corpus Christi Area United Way https://www.uwcb.org/covid-19
Rio Grande Valley Area: https://unitedwayofsotx.org/
United Way United States: http://www.211.org/services/covid19

San Antonio Community Resource Directory (SACRD) is a directory of resources offered by congregations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and compassionate groups in and around San Antonio.  https://sacrd.org/directory/

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Labor Law Guidance for Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s and the Wage and Hour Division published guidance on COVID-19 issues as they related to the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

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Business Interruption and Business Continuity 

Businesses play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic disease is critical. To assist you in your efforts, click on the following link for a checklist to assist businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies.  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/businesschecklist.pdf

Workers’ Compensation Cover and Coronavirus-Related Exposure or Illness

Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that pays for medical bills and some lost-time income for employees who have a work-related injury or illness. To qualify, an employer must have workers’ compensation insurance, and an employee must have been injured or contracted an occupational disease as a result of their employment. Whether a workers’ compensation claim is compensable or not is a case by case determination by the insurance carrier. If there is a dispute over a claim and you are not able to resolve the dispute with the insurance carrier, then you may ask for dispute resolution by contacting DWC.   

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/information/coronavirus.html

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