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May 8, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives and organizations, and is evolving quickly each and every day. Parker, Smith & Feek is dedicated to keeping you informed on the latest information.
As employers prepare for the return of their workforces, the EEOC has provided guidance on permissions for testing employees for COVID-19 prior to entering the workplace. opens in a new windowRead more on their website.
As our states move closer to bringing employees back to the workplace, we are making a opens in a new windowtemplate available that our clients may use as a starting point for planning and communication. It includes guidelines regarding modifying workspaces, disinfecting areas, social distancing, personal hygiene, reviewing policies, and more. Remember to work with your legal counsel to assure that local regulations; city and state are included.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce published an interactive map to help businesses with local rules and guidelines that provides details on state-specific reopening information. This map includes helpful information on employee screening, crowd size limitations, personal protective equipment workplace requirements, cleaning and sanitation procedures, and more. opens in a new windowVisit the website to learn more and explore the map.
Employees currently enrolled in COBRA continuation coverage may now qualify for a special enrollment period if their coverage costs change due to their former employer stopping contributions. Learn more and get answers to other frequently asked questions on the opens in a new windowWashington Healthplanfinder website.
The City of Seattle has amended their Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to expand the accepted types of absences to include when their family member’s school or place of care has been closed. opens in a new windowRead more about the ordinance and temporary emergency rule on their website.
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a new emergency order for health insurance companies during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The order requires health insurance companies to:
The order is in effect through June 3 and will be extended in 30-day increments during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Colorado issued an amendment to their HELP rules making paid leave available for up to two weeks, with a maximum of 90 hours. The pay will be two-thirds of the employee’s usual rate, with no dollar caps. The leave will end following certain periods of being symptom free. opens in a new windowRead the update to learn more.
During Colorado’s Safer-at-Home Phase, the Department of Public Health recommends businesses to conduct daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms in employees for businesses with 25 employees or more. Smaller businesses may ask employees to do self-temperature and symptom checks at home daily before coming in to work. All symptomatic employees should be referred to the opens in a new windowCDPHE Symptom Tracker. Learn more about opens in a new windowhow to conduct a facility health screening at their website.
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