6 Steps Employers Should Take to
Prepare for Coronavirus in the Workplace
With experts indicating the inevitable spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the United States, many employers want to know how they can best prepare their workplaces.
1) Make a plan before before you need a plan.

Decisions made in haste can expose companies to liability. A reasoned, fact-based, plan will help your company navigate the outbreak.

  • Develop a business continuity plan for use in the event of mandatory closures or local infections.
  • Identify key business functions and personnel and plan for how the company will continue to operate during a closure.
  • Consider your crisis communication plan and ensure that information can be communicated quickly to your employees.
2) Review your existing sick leave and remote work policies.

  • Consider whether your organization is able to expand remote work options.
  • Under New Jersey and New York City paid sick leave laws, the closure of a business or a child’s school is a permissible reason to use paid sick leave. 
3) If you're sick, stay home!

  • Emphasize the availability of sick leave to your employees.
  • Encourage employees who are under the weather to stay home.
4) Post and circulate information on proper hand-washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and other preventative measures.

(5) Be mindful of state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

  • Avoid making decisions based on an individual’s race, nationality, or other protected status.
  • Remember that employees’ medical information must remain strictly confidential.
  • If you have questions about any specific situation that may arise, consult with counsel.
6) Furloughs or Layoffs.

  • If layoffs or furloughs become necessary, you should consult with counsel to ensure that those decisions are made and implemented in a manner that complies with all applicable state and federal laws, and regulations.
QUESTIONS? If you have any questions regarding developing or updating your internal policies, or would like us to review your current policies and continuity plan, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please stay healthy and safe!

Heather Adelman, Esq.
hadelman@hdrbb.com | 973.467.1325

Maralee Sanders, Esq.
msanders@hdrbb.com | 973.467.1325
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