RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEVELOPING AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK PLAN
In addition to protecting the health of your employees, we believe it is important for employers to have an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan (IDORP) and be ready to communicate the plan to your employees. When planning, consider the following:
Develop a business continuity plan: Identify essential business functions, essential jobs or roles, and critical elements within your supply chains required to maintain business operations, and plan for how your business will operate if there is increasing absenteeism in these essential jobs or if these supply chains are interrupted.
Create an employee communications plan and establish a process to quickly communicate the latest information to employees and business partners.
Determine whether telecommuting or flexible work hours is an option.
Determine how to handle spikes in absenteeism due to school closures and/or early childhood programs being dismissed.
Identify those individuals in your organization that have the authority to activate and/or modify the company’s IDORP, modifying business operations (e.g., possibly changing or closing operations in affected areas), and transferring business knowledge to key employees. Work closely with your local health officials to identify these triggers.
Consider cancelling non-essential business travel; especially international travel based on travel guidance on the CDC website.
As of April 1, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires employers of 500 employees or fewer to provide their employees with 10 days of paid sick leave and 10 weeks of expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
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More guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The release describes how U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor plan to implement coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave.
A resource page from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that includes planning considerations for businesses in case of widespread community outbreaks of the coronavirus.
A publication from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to help businesses plan, identify risk levels, and determine control measures to implement.