Business Owners’ Responsibilities with Employees While Operating in a COVID19 World

America is opening for business.

Trying to avoid an increasing downturn in the economy, many states are allowing businesses to open amidst the COVID19 pandemic.

That, despite the fact that some states still are in danger of losing control of the health indicators, not reaching the goals proposed by experts of having at least two weeks of decreased COVID-19 cases.

In this confusing climate, what are the business owners’ responsibilities in the midst of this health crisis?

We will point you to some resources.

Nationwide and local organizations and agencies are helping with tool kits and guidance packages.

The United States Chamber of Commerce posted a business guide to help owners navigate this health contingency.

You can find the guide here.

Recommendations include wearing face masks, respecting the 6-foot distance between workers, facilitating remote work when feasible, giving employees flexibility in completing their tasks, and reducing in-person meetings.

Obviously, each business in each industry has its own conditions and limitations so there is more to it. Employers may have to customize the general guidelines.

Although the Trump administration is downplaying messages from agencies like CDC or OSHA, employers and business owners have a responsibility to implement the recommendations or regulations of these agencies. Additionally, they must follow “best practices” from leading companies.

Here is a guide by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and another guide by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also known as OSHA.

It is important for business owners to demonstrate they are making efforts to implement the recommendations and best practices available. Concrete actions help them fend off possible litigations down the road.

Employers must demonstrate that their employees are important to the company’s success and are valued assets that need protection.

Attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta is an expert in business law, contracts, licenses, intellectual property, and more. follow him @iplawmarcos

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