Employee and Business Concerns: Coronavirus

Guidance for businesses on how to handle employee and business concerns.

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Employee and Business Concerns: Coronavirus

Guidance for businesses on how to handle employee and business concerns.

Guidance From Our Human Resources Advisory Practice Group

In the course of our discussions on the coronavirus with many of our human resources clients, it’s been no surprise that there are still many questions around how to best prepare and respond to employee and business concerns.  While information changes daily, (sometimes hourly), we thought it would be helpful to pass along some helpful resources.

(CDC) - Main Website

Contains information provided by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the latest updates, travel advisories and actions to take at both work and home.

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(CDC) Website - Symptoms

The CDC website also includes information on the symptoms of the coronavirus which can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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(CDC) Website - Coronavirus Fact Sheet


This CDC coronavirus Factsheet answers many “what you need to know” questions.

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The World Health Organization - Main Website


The World Health Organization also has helpful information including a Q&A section.

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With Regard to Quarantine of Employees Who May Be Affected

  • Impacted employers, or those that have (1) employees who have traveled to/returned from China within the past 14 days; or, (2) employees who have had close contact with someone confirmed to have the virus or someone who is being evaluated for infection, should require these employees to work from home for 14 calendar days, the length of the suspected incubation and transmission period.
  • If an employee is unable to work for health reasons, he or she should be placed on paid administrative leave for the extent of the 14-day period.
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Everyday Preventive Actions

Some everyday preventive actions that can help reduce the spread of respiratory viruses in general and will also work with this coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional HR Guidance

Employers should thoroughly review all leave and flexible working arrangement polices in responding to employees who are not feeling well or employees (and household members) who are returning from travel to affected areas internationally.

Have questions about how FMLA and/or or state leave and other policies might come into play?  Feel free to reach out to our HR Advisory team for guidance.

*Please note that blumshapiro, its affiliates and team members are not health care professionals.  The CDC and other qualified health officials should continue to be the primary source of current information and guidance.

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