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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

We are continuously monitoring this issue and will update this page as new information becomes available.

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Resources from Federal Agencies:

Guidelines on how fully vaccinated individual can visit with others. 3/8/2021
Update regarding indidvuals who have been vaccianted and quarantine requirements. 2/11/2021
Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing 12/2/2020
6 Contact-Tracing Steps Employers Should Consider – SHRM
New CDC Guidance Makes Contact Tracing More Difficult for Employers – SHRM
SARS-CoV-2 Testing Strategy: Considerations for Non-Healthcare Workplaces
Click here for CCH’s CDC issues employer guidance on reopening office buildings article.
Click here for the CDC’s CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.
Click here for CCH’s CDC Updates COVID-19 Home Isolation Period from 7 to 10 Days article. 
Click here for the CDC’s Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting – Public Spaces, Workplaces, Business, Schools, and Homes.
Click here for the CDC’s Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.
Click here for communication posters on safe hygiene practices from the CDC.
Click here to access the CDC’s Situation Summary on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

ICE announces extension to I-9 compliance flexibility until May 31, 2021. 3/31/2021
How to Update I-9 Forms for Remote Hires – SHRM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on September 14th  an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year.  The expiration date for these accommodations is now November 19, 2020.  Click here for the press release.
DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Compliance. 3/20/2020
The DOL issued guidance implementing the American Rescue Plan’s Continuation of Health Coverage premium assistance provisions to provide full COBRA premium assistance to certain individuals who have experienced a reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment. Click here for the full news release. Click here for the FAQs and Model Notices. 4/7/2021
On Thursday, December 31st, the U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for Coronavirus. Even with the expiration on December 31, 2020, of the requirement of the FFCRA, companies can still choose to offer these paid leave options. Click here for the full news release.
On Friday, September 11th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) posted revisions to the regulations under the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Follow this link for the full news release and details about the revisions: Click here for the full press release.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published new FAQs (#98-100) on Thursday, August 27th to explain eligibility for paid leave relative to the varied formats and schedules schools have announced as they plan to reopen, including blending in-person with distance learning.  WHD is providing this information to explain the benefits and protections available under both the paid sick leave and the expanded family and medical leave provisions of FFCRA.   Click here for the full press release.
The Department of Labor announced a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) on Monday, August 24th that provides guidance regarding employers’ obligation to exercise reasonable diligence in tracking teleworking employees’ hours of work.  Click here for the FAB.
Click here for the U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Additional Guidance on Wage and Hour Rules, Family and Medical Leave As Workplaces Reopen article. 
Click here for a jointly prepared by the DOL, HHS, and USDT’s FAQs about Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation.
Click here for the DOL’s Guidance on Child Labor; Paid Sick and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Amid School and Camp Closures.
Click here for the DOL’s Temporary Rules under the FFCRA.
Click here for the WHD Webinar on FFCRA Highlights Key Points; Workplace Posters Available article. 
Click here to download the DOL’s Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Click here to download the DOL’s Federal Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here for U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights.
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements.
Click here for the DOL’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers.
Click here for the DOL’s COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers.
Click here for the DOL’s COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers.
The EEOC updated the What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws with a new section on the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Click Here for CCH’s COVID-19 Q&A updates add teleworking accommodation, medical inquiry, and exam info.
Click here for What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19.
IRS Issue Guidance on Reporting Qualified Sick and Family Leave Wages Paid
Joint Statement by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
Click here for CCH’s IRS postpones certain deadlines affecting employment taxes, employee benefits, and exempt organizations due to COVID-19 emergency article.
Click here for information on IRS Notice 2020-29 and Notice 2020-33, tax relief through increased flexibility for taxpayers in section 125 cafeteria plans.
Click here for the IRS’ COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs.
Click here for information on IRS Notice 2020-15, which allows HDHPs to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment.
Click here for OSHA’s Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace. 1/29/2021
Click here for OSHA’s update on frequently asked questions and answers about reporting work-related cases of the coronavirus.
Click here for OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Face Coverings, Surgical Masks, and Respirators in the Workplace.
Click here for OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
Click here for the New Poster from OSHA Outlines COVID-19 Infection Prevention Measures article.
Click here to access OSHA’s Safety & Health Topics – COVID-19.

Click here for information on the Paycheck Protection Program.
Click here for the Paycheck Protection Program – Loan Forgiveness Application.
Click here for Coronavirus Funding Options.


Resources for Ohio:

Governor DeWine announced the combination of multiple health orders to one regarding social distancing, facial coverings, and non-congregating. 4/5/2021

Ohio Department of Health will no longer issue a weekly travel advisory.  Beginning March 10, the ODH will just offer travel guidance to encourage Ohioans to review CDC guidance when considering travel. 3/10/2021

On February 11th, Governor DeWine announced a lift on that date at Noon of the Stay At Home Tonight Order.

Click here for Ohio’s BWC resource page for written safety programs.

Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, with Exceptions 11/16/2020

Health Order Enforcing Mask-Wearing in Retail Locations Signed article 11/13/2020

Governor DeWine Calls on Ohioans to Recommit to Safety Practices, Announces New Mask, Social Distancing Orders

Governor DeWine Announces CARES Act Funding to Support Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Ohioans Impacted by COVID-19
Click here for CCH’s Ohio Legislature Passes COVID-19 Qualified Immunity Bill.
Ohio was approved on Wednesday, August 25th for the supplemental $300 per week retroactively applying back to the week ending August 1st under the federal Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance grant. As Lt Governor, Jon Husted, noted in the press conference on Thursday, August 27th, Ohio will receive $717 Million to provide assistance to eligible individuals and will be available until the funding runs out. Click Here for the news release from FEMA.  The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services is expected to release information on how to apply soon.

On July 22nd, Governor DeWine announced beginning  July 23rd at 6 pm, all counties in Ohio, regardless of level, are required to wear a mask at all times when:
  • At an indoor location that’s not a residence
  • Outdoors, when unable to keep 6ft social distance from those not in your household
  • When waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation -taxi, car service, private rideshare
This requirement is for the general public.  All the Sector-Specific Operating Requirements for businesses and their employees are still in place, including that employers and employees are not required to wear face coverings:
  • If it is not advised due to health reasons,
  • Against documented industry best practices,
  • Prohibited for a specific position by law or regulations,
  • A violation of a company’s safety policy.
  • A face covering is also not required if an employee is working alone in an enclosed workspace, or
  • There is a practical reason one cannot be work.
This order only requires those who are 10 years old or older to wear a mask.  In addition, the following do not need to wear a mask:
  • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
  • Those who are officiants at religious services;
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking.
Click here for the order.
Click here for the Level 3 Public Health Advisory Facial Coverings Order.  
Click here for the Director’s Secord Order to extend the Expiration of Various Orders.
Click here for the Additional Weeks of Unemployment Benefits Available in Ohio
Click here for the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System.
Click here for Ohio testing sites.
Click here for information on the SharedWork Ohio program, a voluntary layoff avoidance program.
Click here for Work Ready Lucas County – COVID-19 Information for Businesses.
Click here for Ohio’s Report COVID-19 Quits or Work Refusals when Work is Available form.
Click here for the Responsible Restart Ohio website.
Responsible Protocol guidance:
Click here for the BWC’s Updated FAQs in regard to dividend payments. 4/27/2020
Click here for Ohio’s COVID-19 Separation form from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Click here for Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Ohio.
Click here to access the number of cases and the results of testing in Ohio.

Click here for: Ohio Governor DeWine Signs Emergency Order Regarding Coronavirus.


Resources from The EA:

Click here to visit the V Project – Victory over COVID-19 through vaccination EA page.
Click here to download the EA’s  12/28/20 Webinar: The Latest on the Relief Package Including the Payroll Protection Program.
Click here for a sample Recall to Work After Layoff template.
Click here for a sample Health Screening Form for Employees.
Click here for a sample COVID-19 Company Policy.
Click here for a sample Safety and Health Policy.
Click here for 10 Steps for Employers with a Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Test.
Click here to for a sample FFCRA policy.
Click here to for a sample Notice of Leave Eligibility for EFMLEA under FFCRA – voluntary.
Click here for a sample request form for Emergency Paid Sick Leave – voluntary.
Click here for a sample request form for Emergency Family and Medical Leave – voluntary.
Click here for The EA’s Summary of The CARES Act.
Click here for The EA’s Navigating the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and Emergency Paid Leave Act.
Click here to download the EA’s 4/27/20 Webinar: Considerations For Reopening Businesses: What Employers Need to Know.
Click here to download the EA’s 3/30/2020 Webinar: Stimulus Package.
Click here to download The EA’s 3/23/2020 Webinar: COVID-19 Update.
Click here to download The EA’s 3/17/2020 Webinar: Coronavirus: What Employers Need to Know.
Click here for a sample employee survey to determine which employees may need to stay home.
Click here for a Sample Essential Employer Letter.
Click here for a Sample Financial Services – Essential Services Letter.
Click here for the EA’s Business Checklist of Actions.
Click here for The EA’s Remote Worker Tips.
Click here for The EA’s Managing Remote Employees Webinar.
Click here for The EA’s What Employers Need to Know.
Click here for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey results! *There will no longer be any updates to this survey as participation has ceased.


Articles We are Reading:

When Should Employers Consider Lifting Mask Mandates – SHRM
Rethinking Where We Work – SHRM
How to Convince Employees to Keep Wearing Masks – SHRM
How Employers Are Educating Employees About Getting Vaccinated – SHRM
As Offices Reopen, Hybrid Onsite and Remote Work Becomes Routine – SHRM
How the New COVID-19 Relief Package Impacts Employers – SHRM
American Rescue Plan Act Doesn’t Require Leave – SHRM
Comply with ADA, FMLA When Worker Is a ‘COVID-19 Long Hauler’ – SHRM
Half of Workers Wish to Remain Remote Permanently – SHRM
Can an Employee Refuse to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? – SHRM
Encourage or Require? Employers Take Different Tacks on COVID-19 Vaccinations – SHRM
DOL Issues New Guidance on Posting Notices for Remote, Hybrid Workplaces – SHRM
W-2s May Need to Be Corrected Due to the FFCRA – SHRM
What to Do If Your Team Doesn’t Want to Return to the Office – SHRM
Should Employers Administer COVID-19 Vaccines – SHRM
Developing a Vaccination Strategy – SHRM
What If FFCRA Expires at the End of the Year? – SHRM
When Employers Can Require COVID-19 Vaccinations – SHRM
Pandemic Prompts Employers to Review Year-End Vacation Policies – SHRM
A Gift Guide for Your Employees – SHRM
Employers Give Employees the Gift of Time – SHRM
What to Do When Off-Duty Employees Aren’t Social Distancing – SHRM
Dress-Code Policies Reconsidered in the Pandemic – SHRM.
How to Resolve Co-Worker Conflicts over Coping with COVID-19 – SHRM
FFCRA – School Reopening (or Not) Plans – SHRM.
How to Encourage Employees to Take Vacation – SHRM.
Vacation Travel Policies May Need to Be Altered Due to Pandemic – SHRM.
Accommodating Working Parents during the COVID-19 Pandemic – SHRM.
Employers Are Searching for Child Care Solutions – SHRM.
Mercer Encourages Employers to Foster Two-Way Dialogue before Brining Employees Back to Office.
COVID-19 and Deciding Who Continues Working from Home – SHRM. 
Tips for Wearing a Mask in Summer – SHRM.
Many Professionals Dread Returning to the Office – SHRM.
Masks On? What Employers Need to Know About Face Coverings at Work – SHRM.
Antibody Testing for COVID-19 in the Workplace – SHRM.
Employers Consider Changes to PTO Policies as Unused Vacation Days Accumulate – SHRM.
What to Do When Scared Workers Don’t Report to Work Due to COVID-19? – SHRM.
Should You Monitor Workers Who Aren’t Social Distancing Off Duty? – SHRM.
What Happens When Unemployment Pays Too Well? – SHRM.
The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – Recalling Furloughed Employees and the Rehire Process.
Consider this: An Employee, working from home productively since the Shelter in Place started, now is requesting leave to care for their child whose school closed.  Click here to find out how to handle the situation.
Click here for Forbes’ Why Working From Home Is So Exhausting—And How To Reinvigorate.
Click here for HBR’s 10 Digital Miscommunications and How to Avoid Them.
Click here for Paul White’s: Appreciation and (Newly) Remote Workers.
Click here for Forbes’ Communication Is More Important Now Than Ever.

Click here for Wolters Kluwer’s Plan now for coronavirus to avoid disruptions and promote safe practices.

Click here for Coronavirus: How Emotional Contagion Exacts a Toll.


Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies: Follow this link to their website for Coronavirus Safety Essentials, including PPE: and their Opening Up America Again flyer. 
DayMark Safety Systems: Follow this link to their website where you can browse their catalog from items such as infrared thermometers, social distancing floor markers, hand sanitizer, and their newest product, a Kiosk Temperature and Face Mask monitor:
NicholsFollow this link to their website for #BetterTogether – A Program for Healthy Teams & Facilities:
Superior Uniform Sales: Follow this link to their brochure:  To order, contact Alyssa Darah at or 419-476-9616 ext. 211 or Carole at ext. 203.
The Image Group: Follow this link to their brochure:  To order, contact Rosa Torres at or 419-930-2254.
The Ohio & Michigan Paper Company: Follow these links to their website: and online catalog:  Email inquiries can be sent to
N95 Fit Testing

If your employees need to use N95 masks they should be fit tested first.  Fit testing is available at the following locations:

  • Concentra – Oregon: 419-697-6850
  • Mercy Health – St. Vincent Occupational Health: 419-251-4634
  • Mercy Health – St. Charles Occupational Health: 419-696-7493
  • Mobile Health – Maumee: 212-695-5122
  • Mobile Health – Toledo: 212-695-5122
  • St. Lukes – Occupational Health Services: 419-891-8003
  • Wood County Hospital – ReadyWorks: N95 Fit Testing for $25 and may be billed to your place of employment.  Call and make an appointment at 419- 373-4162.

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