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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

By September 17, 2020September 21st, 2020Hot Topics

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

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PPE, SUPPLIES & RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies: Follow this link to their website for Coronavirus Safety Essentials, including PPE: https://www.burkett.com/coronavirus-commercial-kitchen-essentials 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: https://www.daymarksafety.com/ecatalog/.
NicholsFollow this link to their website for #BetterTogether – A Program for Healthy Teams & Facilities: https://www.enichols.com/bettertogether/healthy-teams.
Superior Uniform Sales: Follow this link to their brochure: https://theea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SUS-Face-Covers.png.  To order, contact Alyssa Darah at adarah@superioruniformsales.com or 419-476-9616 ext. 211 or Carole at ext. 203.
The Image Group: Follow this link to their brochure: https://theea.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/TIG-Target-Health-and-Essentials-Products-V2-5.18.20.pdf.  To order, contact Rosa Torres at rtorres@theimagegroup.net or 419-930-2254.
The Ohio & Michigan Paper Company: Follow these links to their website: www.ompco.com and online catalog: https://fastweb.ompco.com.  Email inquiries can be sent to orders@ompco.com.
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.

RESOURCES FOR OHIO

Resources for Ohio:

Clic 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.
Governor DeWine also announced a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 and recommend that those individuals self-quarantine for 14 days.  If you’re traveling from one of these yellow states, you should self-quarantine at home or in a hotel.  This applies to those who live in Ohio and those traveling here from these states, whether they are traveling for businesses or vacationing.  Currently, these following states on this list:
  • Alabama
  • Idaho
  • Mississippi
  • South Dakota

This new advisory will affect those employees who are returning to Ohio from the specified states and could make them eligible for the FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave.

Click here for the press release. 7/22/2020
Effectively immediately, Toledo City Council has approved an ordinance requiring the use of face coverings for all people in the City of Toledo.  Follow this link for the full press release and FAQs: https://toledo.oh.gov/masks/
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 FEDERAL AGENCIES

Resources from Federal Agencies:

CDC:
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).

DHS:
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
DOL:
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.
EEOC:
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:
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.
OSHA:
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.

SBA:
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 FROM THE EA

Resources from The EA:

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.
Click here for a sample request form for Emergency Paid Sick Leave.
Click here for a sample request form for Emergency Family and Medical Leave.
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

Articles We are Reading:

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.

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