As Delaware and surrounding areas reopen workplaces and release new COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for employers, we urge you to consider adopting the following precautionary procedures:
Designate a Pandemic Safety Officer for each active job site or location
The Officer should be on site at any time that work is performed or the location is open, screen employees before beginning work and enforce new COVID safety precautions.
The Officer should take a COVID-19 Awareness Training Course, obtain a COVID-19 workplace training certificate and post it at the job site or location/establishment alongside any other required posters or permits.
The Officer may also be your Site Safety Manager, General Manager, Operations Manager, HR, etc.
Create and communicate a COVID-19 Safety Plan tailored to your company (contact us for more details).
Limit the number of employees at a location or site (consider square footage, client volume, etc.).
Require employees to wear masks at all times while working.
Require social distancing of 6 feet or more between employees while they are working and taking breaks.
Provide every employee with regular access to hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes.
Schedule regular hand-washing breaks.
Minimize sharing of utensils, computers, tools, equipment, etc. amongst employees.
Have high-touch areas and tools cleaned and disinfected regularly.
For further guidance, join us for our BHI Executive Learning Series webinar on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 entitled “We are returning to work! Now what?” Click here to register. As always, please contact our Insurance, Safety and/or HR Consultants for further questions.
As part of sweeping legislation signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One of the new leave provisions, the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act,” allows 12 weeks of partially compensated FMLA leave to care for a child whose school or child care facility has been closed due to COVID-19. The leave applies only to workers who have been employed by their current employer for 30 days.
The other new law providing employee leave, the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act,” requires employers to provide 80 hours of paid sick time to employees in specified circumstances, including:
A quarantine or isolation order for the employee or someone the employee is caring for, or medical advice to self-quarantine;
When the employee has symptoms of COVID-19; or
When the employee’s child’s school or child care facility is closed.
Employers with 500 employees or more are exempt from the laws, and employers may exclude employees who are health care providers and emergency responders. The legislation also allows for future regulations
exempting businesses with fewer than 50 employees from providing leave for child care reasons if the leave would jeopardize the viability of the business.
The laws take effect within 15 days of passage; the leave benefits will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new leave requirements to ensure compliance. Read More
As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.
Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in their approach to dealing with COVID-19.
There are a number of steps that employers can take to address the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. In addition to reviewing the compliance concerns outlined in this Compliance Bulletin, employers should:
• Closely monitor the CDC, WHO and state and local public health department websites for information on the status of the coronavirus.
• Proactively educate their employees on what is known about the virus, including its transmission and prevention.
• Establish a written communicable illness policy and response plan that covers communicable diseases readily transmitted in the workplace.
• Consider measures that can help prevent the spread of illness, such as allowing employees flexible work options like working from home. are enforced. Read More
Business owners have so much on their plate these days, and many times the last thing on their mind is insurance. As a business owner, what do you think about when someone says the word “insurance”? Does it bore you? Do you roll your eyes? When was the last time you reviewed your insurance portfolio? Even the word itself has a bit of an outdated and traditional undertone. We get it, and we’re doing everything we can to change the market and our client and prospects’ antiquated outlook on “insurance.” We believe it’s one of the most important pieces to put in place for business continuity and not worthless paper stacked on a shelf that you hope you never have to use!
Our Executive Learning Series is back! Monthly, our Human Resources department hosts an informative discussion on common Human Resources topics complete with a complimentary lunch. This is a chance to meet individuals from other companies in our community and to learn about many workplace topics. We hope to see you there!
Our Human Resource Consultants are here to help you with your next big HR project, whether it’s an employee handbook, full HR audit, training, or assistance with a disciplinary issue, termination, hiring and onboarding, or developing new processes. Check out a list of all they do!
Sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace and unfortunately, has been for years. Times are certainly changing as now five states in the U.S. have mandated that companies conduct sexual harassment training – California, New York, Maine, Connecticut and Delaware. Regardless of a training requirement, many companies can easily fall into the “not us” trap of complacency. This mindset leads managers and leaders to overlook claims or not investigate them properly, and employees to not report them all. Read More