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Safety/Health

COVID-19 a ‘reportable’ illness? OSHA softens stance

05/21/2020
When the coronavirus outbreak began, OSHA said employers would have to record the confirmed cases of COVID-19 on their OSHA 300 injury and illness logs if the employee’s infection was caused by an exposure to the virus at work.

It’s OK to test your employees for COVID-19, but beware the legal risks

05/21/2020
With coronavirus testing becoming a more accessible option for employers, some organizations are considering making testing a part of their employee back-to-work screening requirements. Attorney Nicholas Reiter of the Venable law firm suggests they consider these legal risks.

Next big coronavirus threat: lawsuits against employers

05/21/2020
With so many workers unemployed and with little to lose (and a lot to gain), they aren’t being shy about bringing coronavirus legal claims related to workplace safety, wages, leave accommodations and more.

Taking temperatures: 6 tips to do it legally

05/21/2020
The EEOC has said checking temperatures during a pandemic is appropriate. Even so, there are legal risks. Follow these tips from the Foley & Lardner law firm.

As you reopen and workers return, beware the whistleblower

05/19/2020
At least three laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation, and could give rise to employer liability in the event of a termination or other adverse action on the heels of complaints (or other protected activity).

Return to work: Revise policies, procedures

05/19/2020
As states slowly lift their shutdown orders, employees are returning to the workplace. But you can’t just swing your doors open. Every process in your organization needs to be rethought, because each step carries potential safety and legal risks.

Feds’ guidance on return to work, reopening

05/14/2020
Prepare for your employees to return to work by familiarizing yourself with these recommendations.

OSHA publishes new translations of coronavirus safety poster

05/12/2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has translated its “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster into 11 languages in addition to English and Spanish.

Employer liability is next coronavirus threat

05/05/2020
As businesses around the country weigh the pros and cons of reopening, one question looms large: Could employers be held liable if employees contract COVID-19 while performing their jobs?

Coronavirus and the Workplace

04/29/2020
Your guide to the coronavirus and HR.