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Opening Back Up

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.

On March 13th, we sent all of our employees and their computers home and said don’t come back – at least until it is safe. While we were deemed an essential business, the health of our team was essential to us. We decided to keep everyone at home.

Since then we have hired a new employee and are about to hire more, and we are going to need to get us all back into the office safely. Many of us are in the same boat. How do we do it, when it’s not just as easy as unlocking the front door?
Here’s what I recommend:

1. Choose one person to own it.

Make this person your CORONA-GURU. Whether this person is your safety person, your HR person, or YOU! You need someone to lead, to research, and to keep up on the ever-changing data. Does that mean they do it in a vacuum? No! It means they lead the charge, educate the team, and work with decision makers to take action.

This is the person employees should go to with questions or concerns. One voice. One message.

2. Use validated resources.

If someone says, “I read on Facebook…” STOP THEM before they go on any further and unless they can verify the source of the information, then don’t let it enter into the conversation. It’s confusing, sometimes inflammatory, and many times just plain wrong!

The Center for Disease Control, the Department of Labor, The state Health Department, and Employment Practices experts. That’s where you should be getting your information.

To make it easy, here are some resources for you as you make these decisions. If you want to bounce it off of someone, give us a call, we are happy to help.

CDC Materials

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a variety of guidance documents, downloadable posters, and other printable resources:

Keep up to date on CDC guidance for specific industries, latest updates, and resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) main page.

DOL Materials

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created a resource page for workers and employers. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has posted these posters and guidance:

EEOC Materials

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created a landing page entitled What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19, which provides links to resources and guidance.

HHS Materials

In response to COVID-19, the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin regarding HIPAA Privacy and COVID-19.

OSHA Materials

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a COVID-19 website for workers and employers that addresses the disease and provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposure to and infection with the virus.

OSHA has also issued the publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.