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OSHA’s Guidance on Reopening for Non-Essential Businesses

On June 18, 2020, OSHA issued “Guidance on Returning to Work” for non-essential businesses. The guidance sets forth three phases for reopening, and OSHA states that “During each phase of the reopening process, employers should continue to focus on strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training.”

Next Steps

Employers should review this updated guidance, as well as ensure that they continue to follow the guidelines as required by NY Forward (as applicable). Where federal and state guidance differ, employers must adhere to the guidance that provides the greatest protection for employees.

HR Works Can Help

For additional information on NY Forward guidelines and return to work, employers may visit the HR Works COVID-19 Resource page. Additionally, HR Works is offering Return to Work Services which includes customizable, hands-on support and guidance to make it easier for businesses to reopen while keeping their employees safe and remaining compliant. Employers who would like more information on our Return to Work Services may contact for a referral to a HR Works Business Development team member.

HR Works, headquartered in Upstate New York, is a human resource management outsourcing and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States for over thirty years. HR Works provides scalable strategic human resource management and consulting services, including: affirmative action programs; benefits administration outsourcing; HRIS self-service technology; full-time, part-time and interim on-site HR managers; HR audits; legally reviewed employee handbooks and supervisor manuals; talent management and recruiting services; and training of managers and HR professionals.