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An Employer’s Resource Guide to Coronavirus

As reports of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) begin to inundate news and social media feeds, employers around the globe are struggling to keep up with the recommendations and updates health-related organizations are providing. Below are vetted and reliable resources to help employers prepare their workforce for this evolving public health concern.

Urgent COVID-19 Employer Resources

With the rapidly changing information and updates surrounding COVID-19, we have compiled a one-stop-shop to provide the most up-to-date and immediately relevant information and resources to prepare and protect your business. These resources are updated daily, if not hourly, to ensure the most accurate information to help you navigate through this unprecedented time.

What is Coronavirus?

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is one of the most reliable sources for information at this time. They’ve compiled a list of recommendations for how businesses can plan and respond to COVID-19, as well as a brief explanation of how it spreads.
  • Our eLearning partner, MYCA:Learning, has culled the best advice from experts into an easy-to-read, easy-to-digest, informative eBook. This eBook comes free of charge in order to further encourage safety in the workplace.

How to prepare my workplace for the coronavirus?

How to handle business travel amidst coronavirus concerns?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) put out an informational piece on what COVID-19 is, how it spreads, and things to consider before you or your team travel for business.
  • The CDC provides the latest updates on travel information to protect and prepare those who are on the road. For the most up-to-date information, we highly recommend keeping an eye on the site as the CDC will not only have the most recent, but the most accurate information.
  • If you have overseas operations, pull the CDC’s Overseas Checklist into your preparations. This will outline the necessary steps and precautions you should be taking while working towards business continuity.

How do we handle pay and sick time?

What if an employee starts to feel sick?

Protecting your workforce moving forward

Educate your employees on good hygiene practices – this is truly your best defense in the workplace to reduce the spread of infection.  Frequent hand washing, properly covering sneezes and coughs, and cleaning/disinfecting of work surfaces will provide many of the necessary protections in the workplace.

In order to make sure that you’re well informed, keep your eye on websites like the CDC’s and the WHO’s to ensure that the information you’re consuming is accurate and up-to-date.

We will continue to add new information and links to this article as new information is available.

 

Want to ensure that your organization is fully prepared for workplace emergencies? Check out our Emergency Preparedness Toolkit – a customizable policy and planning tool with documentation templates and advice on how to organize your committees and planning teams.