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COVID-19 Resources for Employers & Workers
As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we offer the following timely resources to help you, your organization and your employees. These resources are intended to assist in managing and mitigating impact of the outbreak on businesses and their employees.
This content is provided by Apex Benefits as a public service for informational and educational purposes only. Use of the blog/content does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship, as Apex Benefits is not a law firm or engaged in the practice of law. The information provided is general and should not be relied on as legal advice, which cannot be provided without full consideration of all relevant information relating to specific situations.
Laws & Legislation
Rapid Response: CARES Act SBA Loan Provisions
Signed into law March 27, 2020
The Apex Benefits and Axiom Human Resource Solutions present “Rapid Response,” a breakdown for employers and workers of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Resources for Employers
Take action now to mitigate impact on future plan costs
Will COVID-19 lead to increases come 2021 renewals? How can you cust costs or create efficiencies today to reduce potential impact?
Strategies for Cost Reduction
Virtual Wellness Opportunities
Today we have to be creative about workplace wellness … our team is offering virtual opportunities. Join us for Meditation Mondays, Wellness Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays. Just log on!
More COVID-19 Information Sources
Blogs & News Articles: COVID-19 and Your Employees
Top HR FAQs
During a pandemic, may an employer require its employees to adopt infection-control practices, such as regular hand washing, at the workplace?
Yes. Requiring infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal, does not implicate the ADA. source
When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during a Coronavirus-like event?
Generally, measuring an employee’s body temperature is a medical examination. If pandemic influenza symptoms become more severe than the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus in the spring/summer of 2009, or if pandemic influenza becomes widespread in the community as assessed by state or local health authorities or the CDC, then employers may measure employees’ body temperature. However, employers should be aware that some people with influenza, including the 2009 H1N1 virus, do not have a fever. source
Does the ADA allow employers to require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the Coronavirus?
Yes. The CDC states that employees who become ill with symptoms of influenza-like illness at work during a pandemic should leave the workplace. Advising such workers to go home is not a disability-related action if the illness is akin to seasonal influenza or the 2009 spring/summer H1N1 virus. Additionally, the action would be permitted under the ADA if the illness were serious enough to pose a direct threat. source
When employees return to work, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty?
Yes. Such inquiries are permitted under the ADA either because they would not be disability-related or, if the pandemic influenza were truly severe, they would be justified under the ADA standards for disability-related inquiries of employees.
As a practical matter, however, doctors and other health care professionals may be too busy during and immediately after a pandemic outbreak to provide fitness-for-duty documentation. Therefore, new approaches may be necessary, such as reliance on local clinics to provide a form, a stamp, or an e-mail to certify that an individual does not have the pandemic virus. source
*Non-punitive leave policies should be evaluated and implemented to increase physical distance among employees.
How is Apex handling this outbreak?
Our leadership team continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and is working to stay ahead of (or at least to quickly respond to) changing conditions. We are relying on groups like CDC, WHO and other reputable organizations to provide critical information about the ways in which employers can support team members and help our communities manage the spread of this virus. Monitor this blog feed for continual updates as to how Apex is managing the situation for its employees.
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