Business owners have found themselves scrambling to find ways to adapt as quickly as possible to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. News is changing everyday, and it’s important to know what guidelines business owners must now follow, and what any changes may mean for you. Keep in mind the news is ever changing, and scientists are learning new things about this virus every day. We’re sharing some reputable resources to reference during this uncertain time.
Your Workplace Plan & Guidelines
The best and most reliable resource to reference while owners prepare to reopen is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They offer “new normal” guidelines for the workplace and how to proceed moving forward. The CDC discusses the importance of having a solid plan in place before reopening and exposing employees or customers to what could be an unsafe environment or situation.
As a business owner, you need to have your own back. Make sure you have a plan written, saved, and distributed to your team - all before a single employee sets foot back inside the workplace.
Another important resource to reference on a regular basis for updates and as a guide is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Employees & Paid Sick Leave
On April 1, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect. This requires business owners to provide employees paid sick leave or expanded family or medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. For the detailed specifics on this, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor. This breaks down the FFCRA so business owners know exactly what their employees are eligible for. It’s very important to read and understand this act, as it impacts certain private and public companies with fewer than 500 employees. However, some small businesses may qualify for exemption. Know what the FFCRA means for you and your business today.
Almost 2.5 million Americans are out of work right now. If your business closes, or has closed, due to the effects of COVID-19, it’s important to relay to your employees their rights and resources. Pass along unemployment information for your state. To apply for unemployment benefits, visit the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).
With new updates coming every day, it’s especially important to know what’s going on as a business owner so you can protect yourself, your company, and your employees. Prioritize reading up on your rights and your employee’s rights so you can offer a safe workplace environment when it comes time to reopen.