MassTLC member Littler, a law firm specializing in labor and employment law, has been fielding many questions related to navigating the environment created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Below they share what employers can do to manage their U.S.-based workforces in light of current government-provided guidance.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has implications for multiple workplace concerns, including health and safety, leaves of absence, discrimination, and travel. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been publishing a steady stream of updated information and guidance, it is not always clear how to translate that information into compliant and appropriate practice in specific workplaces and particular situations.
Employers can do three things:
- Keep informed of the facts and recommended practices as advised by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), applicable country or state-specific public health sites, and occupational health consultants;
- Understand the potential legal issues that may arise and the guiding legal principles, and seek legal advice as needed; and
- Consider business risk and make prudent business decisions within the context of available information and legal obligations.
This article provides an update on what U.S. employers can do to manage their U.S.-based workforces in light of current government-provided guidance, and where they can find more information.
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