As an employer, if your business operations were interrupted, resuming normal or phased activities presents an opportunity to update your COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plans. All employers should implement and update as necessary a plan that:
- is specific to your workplace,
- identifies all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19,
- includes control measures to eliminate or reduce such exposures, and
- complies with local, state, and federal regulatory updates related to pandemic response plans.
Talk with your employees about planned changes and seek their input. Additionally, collaborate with employees and unions to effectively communicate important COVID-19 information.
Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Employers should respond in a way that takes into account the level of disease transmission in their communities and revise their business response plans as needed. The following is a collection of valuable authoritative resources that we encourage all businesses to review as they consider their business reopening plans.
- COVID-19 Domestic Travel Advisories
- U.S. State Department Global Travel Advisories Related to COVID-19 – list of all destinations with travel threat level indicators.
- Opening Up America Again – These guidelines issued by the White House include the administration’s phased approach based on current levels of transmission and healthcare capacity at the state or local level, as part of resuming business operations.
- Financial Resources for Small Businesses (less than 500 full time employees) – outlines stimulus programs enacted specifically for small business as part of The CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
- OSHA Guidance on Returning to Work – a PDF download from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) providing guidance to assist employers and workers in safely returning to work.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Resuming Business Toolkit – a PDF download from the CDC designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings.
- CDC’s Employer Information for Office Buildings – guidelines for creating a safe and healthy workplace for workers and clients who operate within commercial office buildings.
- CDC’s Considerations for Restaurants and Bars – As restaurants and bars resume operations, CDC offers the following considerations designed to protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
- CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs – long-awaited information for school districts and childcare facilities across the country.
- Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning – considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the COVID-19.
- First Responders, Law Enforcement, and Public Services – the CDC’s ongoing mitigation guidance and COVID-19 prevention support, including FAQ’s for firefighters, law enforcement, and medical examiners.
- EEOC’s What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws – Technical Q&A related to how the EEOC is enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws, including the American Disabilities Act, during COVID-19.