5 Things Your Business Should Be Doing Now to Combat Coronavirus !

Many employers have already taken measures to protect people and operations. But in this fast-evolving situation, it’s crucial to take a balanced approach to ensure that action will not lead to liability claims by employees covered under federal, state and local leave laws, including unpaid leave laws. There are no federal requirements that non-exempt (hourly) employees be paid for time not working under an employer or government mandated quarantine — nor is there a federal paid leave of absence law - yet. In the meantime, employers should be proactive in preventing employees or clients from contracting or spreading the Coronavirus in workspaces. Here is what you should be doing now to protect your business:

1. Encourage sick employees to stay home if they have a fever or present symptoms. Review your sick time and leave policies if necessary, and at the state and local level as well. Many provide paid time off if the employee's spouse, child or parent is sick, school or childcare is closed, etc. Remember businesses should consult with legal counsel before making any decisions related to employment practices, termination, employees requesting paid/unpaid leave, or FLSA and FMLA violations.
2. Insist on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. That means washing hands for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Remind employees to avoid touching their faces and to cover their mouths and nose with a tissue while they cough or sneeze. Make sure to have these supplies available in the work areas and bathrooms.
3. Make sure your workplace is clean. Ensure surfaces that are touched regularly are also cleaned regularly: workstations, counter tops, door knobs. Provide wipes or basic cleaning supplies to clean frequently touched items such as remote controls, keyboards and desks.
4. Communicate! Communicate with customers about the steps you are taking to continue to serve them safely, communicate that you have safe distancing protocols in place. Also communicate with employees about limiting any unnecessary travel – business or personal – and what to do if they do test positive as far as notifying HR, getting a doctor’s note, covering their work load, working from home etc.
5. Prepare an infectious disease outbreak response plan. Make sure staff and clients are aware of local curfews and closing, work restrictions etc. Be in touch with your vendors to ensure supply chains remain open, and consider staggering hours, rotating employee shifts, offering flexible hours and telework from home.

Contact Us: Fuoco Group and TFG professionals should be at the top of the list of your go to resources. We are still waiting to hear the final details of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act when reviewed by the Senate, passed by both houses of Congress, and finally signed by the President. The duration of the impact is one of the most important concerns about the pandemic. Companies wish to hold onto their good employees, but at some point a business owner can no longer do that because of a shutdown or liquidity issue. We can help you stay out in front and manage the things you can control and mitigate the risk of those you cannot. We provide insurance and banking services, as well as business and financial consulting services to our clients. Ask for a complimentary consultation by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .