COVID-19 | RETURNING TO WORK: What Employers Need to Know

Scroll down for a comprehensive list of resources for reopening safely.
 
 
Click the box below to view the ATA/Maynard Cooper Gale "Return to Work Webinar" from June 4, 2020.
 
 
We have received additional follow up questions relating to guidelines vs law:
  • It is important to understand the CDC’s information relating to COVID are Guidelines. OSHA has provided guidelines too, but OSHA also enforces safety and health regulations. So, when consulting OSHA information, be sure to differentiate between what is guidance and what is a legal requirement.
  • State and County Orders are the law that will primarily govern your offices’ reopening and the return to work procedures for your employees. Remember, some counties/cities - like NYC and San Francisco - are not yet permitted to open non-essential businesses. However, as discussed, certain of your employees, for the purpose of financial transactions, have been considered essential workers under “financial services”. It is important that you do not try to summarize your county or state order, but print it and review it in full to be sure that you and your employees are in compliance. See links below for a) detailed requirements and, b) suggested guidelines.
  • Many of you sent questions about employer handbooks. As Josh Bennet explained, employee handbooks do not necessarily need to be updated BUT employers must comply with new health and safety written protocols and new legal labor laws and provide required notices to employees. Please contact an attorney for further guidance. 
Be familiar with the following:
  
  • As of April 1, 2020, employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to provide paid leave benefits to certain employees for reasons related to COVID-19. FFCRA expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to provide for 12 weeks of protected leave for an employee that is unable to work (or telework) due to a need for leave to care for the employee’s child, if the school or place of care has been closed, or the child care provider is unavailable due to a COVID-19-related public health emergency. FFCRA also provides eligible employees with 10 days of Emergency Paid Sick Leave if they are unable to work for certain delineated COVID-19 related reasons.
  • States, counties, and cities have also passed emergency measures granting additional leave to employees for COVID-19-related circumstances. Be sure to check the new legislation relating to required additional time off in your jurisdiction.
 
REVIEW OR DOWNLOAD APPLICABLE MATERIALS BY CLICKING THE LINKS BELOW:
 
UNIONS
Download "Safe Way Forward" the Joint Statement on Safety Guidelines

Download IATSE Guidelines for Safely Reopening Broadway
FEDERAL
 
STATE/CITY
CALIFORNIA
 
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County/City
 
 
 
 
 
OTHER SOURCES
 
Maynard Cooper Gale
 
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