COVID Information: Safe Practices & Workplaces
Staffing companies also should take note of the following:
- CDC guidance specifically urges staffing firm clients to talk with their staffing firms about the importance of sick employees staying home and to encourage those firms to develop non-punitive leave policies.
- Staffing firms, likewise, should advise clients of the steps they're taking to implement the CDC guidance—and if temporary employees show up sick, that the client should apply the same policies and restrictions that apply to the client's employees.
- Clients also should be informed of any staffing firm restrictions on employees who have recently been in countries subject to government travel advisories. Work restrictions on employees or job applicants who have traveled to affected countries may be justified.
World Health Organization
The WHO is continuously updating its site on Covid-19. The site includes safety suggestions as well as an FAQs page. Note that WHO webpages also are available in Spanish, French, and other languages.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA has published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The document contains information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.
The Centers for Disease Control
The CDC has provided a page dedicated to Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, which offers steps employers should take to mitigate the spread of the virus, including urging employees who exhibit symptoms of respiratory distress to stay home from work as well as avoiding stigma and discrimination in the workplace related to COVID-19.