Coronovirus and the Workplace

March 18, 2020

Workplace Compliance
As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.

Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in their approach to dealing with COVID-19.

This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation, including:

  • Action steps
  • What is the Coronovirus?
  • How is Coronovirus spread?
  • Disease prevention in the workplace
  • Occupational safety and health act of 1970
  • The Americans with disabilities act
  • Employee leave requirements
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Communicating with employees

The full Compliance Bulletin can be viewed here.

Legal Update

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. The Act takes effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president.
Items in this Act include:

  • Emergency paid sick leave
  • Emergency family and medical leave act
  • Other provisions

View the full report here.

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