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COVID-19 Resources

Project Management Considerations to Handle COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Human Resource and Compliance Resources

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Key DOL OSHA Guidelines, Resources and Directives

United States Department of Labor website:

  • See Instructions for Compliance Officers regarding OSHA Existing Standards and new directives regarding COVID-19 emergence.
  • Here are the current OSHA State Plans approved by individual states or territories. See if/how your state is participating.
  • “OSHA requires that employers record certain work-related injuries or illnesses. COVID-19 is a recordable illness when an employee contracts it on the job, so OSHA may request your records in future. To stay compliant, make sure you fulfill OSHA’s record-keeping forms and requirements. However, it might be difficult to determine exactly where or when a worker contracted the virus—whether they picked it up at work or elsewhere. (This is important because you’re NOT required to record the case if the transmission happened outside of the workplace.) Notify your local health department if a team member is infected.”

Maintain HIPAA Privacy Laws – HR Daily Advisor, Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Don’t Forget HIPAA Privacy March 4, 2020

  • “The protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency,” but the rule still allows protected health information (PHI) to be used and disclosed “when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes,” HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) explained.”

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP Client Alert March 19, 2020:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA is a bipartisan effort to help employers and individuals alike in managing pay, benefits, and business considerations during the COVID19 pandemic. The focus of this alert is the impact of FFCRA on employer-sponsored benefits and paid leave. The paid leave provisions of the Act apply to employers with less than 500 employees. They are effective within 15 days from date of enactment and expire at the end of 2020, unless extended.
Questions and Answers document

Resources, Directives and Guidelines taken from the Department of Labor website:

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (‘‘CARES Act’’)

American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Furloughs vs. Layoffs

Unemployment Compliance

  • WARN laws requiring you to provide advance notice
  • From Gusto Editors:
    • The CARES Act expands unemployment benefits by 13 weeks and adds $600 to the weekly amount an individual would usually receive. While these unemployment benefits are generous, employers should still consider their options and incentives under the CARES Act mentioned in this section before making decisions about reduced hours, furloughs, or layoffs.
    • Employees who experience reduced hours, furloughs, or layoffs should be encouraged to file for unemployment insurance as soon as possible. We recommend that both employers and employees visit their state’s unemployment insurance department website and track local and state news, as departments across the country are updating their rules to facilitate displaced workers during this time.

Small Business Disaster Assistance

Frequently Updated Legal/Compliance Resources

Employer Response Best Practices

What to do if an employee has been exposed to the coronavirus

Creating remote work policies

Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Costs

Here are several resources about the impact COVID-19 will have on overall Healthcare costs:

Coronavirus testing and care: self-funded health plan considerations BenefitPro by Deborah Ault, RN.

Member Communication Resources

Resources to Use in Educating Members

Employee Virtual Wellbeing Resources

ERISA, Risk Management and Active Plan Management Considerations

The Phia Group Memorandum, Impact of COVID-19 on Self-Funded Group Health Plans March 13, 2020

High Deductible Health Plan Considerations

Considering How To Offer COVID-19 Coverage to Employees

See a summary of how stop-loss carriers are responding from Stealth Partners.

Coronavirus testing and care: self-funded health plan considerations BenefitPro by Deborah Ault, RN.

Virtual Primary Care Options

Additional References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. John Hopkin’s Corona Virus Research Center
  3. Fisher Phillips Comprehensive and Updated FAQs for Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus
  4. Tips from 100+ Remote Workers and Leaders (HelpScout)
  5. Business Continuity Planning
  6. Supply Chain Checklist from McKinsey & Company
  7. An Employer’s Guide to Navigating the Coronavirus, March 9, 2020 Gusto Editors
  8. Stratiscope’s 34 ways for businesses to preserve relationships during coronavirus
  9. Crisis Communication Tips for Customer Service Teams by Help Scout
  10. Coronavirus testing and care: self-funded health plan considerations by Deborah Ault, RN
  11. Guidance for Flume Health plans responding to COVID-19
  12. International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) COVID-19 Resources Center
  13. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 
  14. MINTZ Employment, Labor & Benefits Legal Updates 
  15. Steptoe Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
  16. ThinkHR and Mammoth COVID-19 EMPLOYER FAQ