By now, most employers are aware that OSHA requirements apply to preventing workplace exposure to Covid-19. As summarized by OSHA, the most relevant requirements are: OSHA’s PPE standards which require using gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection when job hazards warrant it. When respirators are necessary to protect workers, employers must implement a… Continue reading News from OHSA & OR OHSA
Here is a link to the CDC’s recently released plan for re-opening the U.S: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf#page=49 Guidance for employers with workers who are at high risk starts on page 50.
State and federal agencies are releasing guidance on re-opening and best practices. And, the IRS has released information about new tax credits. Links to information from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), FEMA, CDC and IRS are below: OHA: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-Reopening-Framework FEMA Starter Kit for Reopening Businesses: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1589317524463-6b4f79ae807aaba6095ffa67c3d40098/FEMAFactSheet_ReconstitutingOperationsESK.pdf FEMA Guidelines on Public Transportation https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1588970613487-4fc5e1a2ded7dc08b061c84f3ab63536/2020_05_07_COVID_BP_PublicTransportation_F.pdf CDC guidance on… Continue reading More Re-Opening Information
Here is a link to Governor Brown’s slide show on phased re-opening of Oregon: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JM2dwYVK4Y4IBxMT6Si5-H_LNua52tnu/view The Governor also released a state-wide face covering policy that provides as follows: Employees in businesses where physical distancing cannot be maintained must wear a mask or cloth face covering over their mouth and nose. Businesses where employees must wear… Continue reading Oregon Re-Opening Info & Face Mask Recommendations
My colleague, Jordan Manley, contributed this post: By now, most employers are aware of the benefits provided to employees by FFCRA and the financial support available to employers by the CARES Act. Generally, FFCRA provides a refundable payroll tax credit to employers who are required to provide paid sick leave and expanded family leave to… Continue reading PPP Loan Forgiveness, FFCRA Tax Credits, and Other Tax Benefits