Information Related to COVID-19
We will continue to update this page are legislation is passed, and more updates are given
CURRENT FEDERAL INFORMATION AND SUGGESTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19
The Small Business Administration and Disaster Loans:
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it would be accepting applications from small businesses to receive low-interest loans to help pays bills, staff, accounts payables, and other bills because of the significant impact that COVID-19 is having on small businesses. To learn more about this aid, or to apply, follow more information provided on the SBA’s website, gov.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Congress passed a bill this week that insure paid work leave due to COVID-19. It is filled with tax incentives for businesses and protections for employees who are sick, or who must take care of family members due to illness or school and childcare closures. It also provides free COVID-19 testing and emergency paid sick leave. While this bill does not go into effect until April 2nd, 2020, the House did release a great summary with all the new laws that will go into effect. You can find it here.
Actively encourage sick employees to say home.
- If employees have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they should day home and not return to work until they are free of a fever (lower that 100.4via oral thermometer) or any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of medication.
- Ensure you sick leave policies are flexible and follow public health guidance’s and that your employees are aware of these changes.
- Do not require a doctor’s note for employee’s who are sick, as healthcare providers are extremely busy and may not be providing documentation in a timely matter.
- Please maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for family member, as there is an increased number of sick family members and school closures.
Separate Sick employees.
- Any employee who appears to have developed symptoms during a workday should be separated and sent home immediately. Sick employees should sneeze or cough into a tissue, if tissue is not available use an elbow or shoulder. DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS.
Healthy Office Practices:
- Post signage encouraging staying home when sick, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and hand hygiene.
- Employees should clean hand often with alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol, and to wash hand with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds when hands are visibly dirty.
Perform routine cleaning.
- Clean all frequently touched surfaces, such as workstation, countertops and door handles. Use cleaning supplies that are usually used to clean these areas.
- Provide disposable wipes so that frequently used surfaces can be wiped down before each use.
Advise against Traveling
- The federal government cannot ensure that boarders will remain open. It has also been stated that the government will not help residents abroad return back to the United States.
- If traveling within the United States, employees should monitor symptoms throughout their trip and following their return.
Employees who are traveling begin to develop symptoms, please contact your supervisor and call their healthcare providers for advice if needed.