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Resources from Federal Agencies:
Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing 12/2/2020
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 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.
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.
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 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 COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards 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.
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.
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.
Revised Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio, with Exceptions 11/16/2020
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
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.
Responsible Protocol guidance:
Resources for Michigan:
Resources from The EA:
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 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 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:
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 Wolters Kluwer’s Plan now for coronavirus to avoid disruptions and promote safe practices.
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/.
Nichols: Follow 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.