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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral to a HR Works Business Development team member.