HOW DO I ADVISE MY EMPLOYEES?
Lynch Sharp & Associates, LLC represents small businesses and their owners every day. We understand how stressful things can be during a disaster such as the COVID-19 epidemic. We, too, own our own business! As we all navigate these waters together, please know that we are here to help. Understand that NO ONE has all the answers. This is an unprecedented time for Americans, which means that new laws have not been interpreted by the Courts yet. Betsy Lynch will do her best to ensure you obtain the maximum relief possible while minimizing risk to you as the owner, your employees, and your business.
Many of our clients are calling daily asking “What do I tell my employees? How do I handle them?” First and foremost, our firm always puts people before profits. At this time, we are in a crucial state of an epidemic, so please follow the SBA and CDC guidelines.
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Separate sick employees
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from designated countries with risk of community spread of Coronavirus, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.
Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
- If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.