The spread of the COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus) is causing employers to make difficult decisions around many HR policies including absence, Work-From-Home, paid leave and PTO benefits. Having a plan is the number one way a company can get through this crisis. Here is a simple checklist:

– Find your policies
– Review Regulations
– Implement them, but know things can change (for better or for worse)
– Keep everyone in the loop and communicate updates as they occur.

We also want to help keep your organization compliant while thinking of employee health. Below is a list of links from trusted and reliable sources you can use when evaluating your absence policy. The AbsenceSoft team is actively monitoring the situation and will be keeping this list up-to-date.

Links:
https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/coronavirus-covid-19-employer-faqs
https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/house-passes-families-first-coronavirus-response-act
https://www.hubinternational.com/products/risk-services/hub-crisis-resources/coronavirus-resource-center/
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/pacific-resources_covid-19-paid-leave-laws-activity-6644242440012251136-98TJ 
https://www.disabilityleavelaw.com/2020/03/articles/leave-policies/puerto-rico-senate-considers-unpaid-emergency-leave-for-pandemic-illness/ 
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Updates 03/19

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/senate-to-vote-soon-on-coronavirus-paid-leave-mandate.aspx 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/paid-sick-leave-covid-19-impacted-new-yorkers

Update 3/23

https://www.policymed.com/2020/03/u-s-state-health-department-covid-19-resources-for-patients-and-healthcare-providers.html

Update 3/26

http://dmec.org/resources/legislative-updates/