ALERT FOR OR EMPLOYERS: Governor Kate Brown releases measures in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Governor Kate Brown released guidance on Thursday, March 12, 2020 to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in Oregon. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared this a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Here’s what Oregon employers, and employers with employees in Oregon, need to know:
Maintain at least 3 feet between employees in offices and at worksites.
Implement staggered work schedules.
Cancel or limit in-person meetings and use video conferencing.
Limit all non-essential meetings of 20 or more employees (including activities outside of work hours).
Limit all non-essential work travel.
Limit all work-sponsored conferences, tradeshows, and other events.
What you can do.
Establish flexible leave policies for employees who will need to stay home due to school, childcare, and event dismissals.
Consider paid leave policies for people who have COVID-19 symptoms.
Consider shift equivalent paid leave policies for hourly employees who have work hours decreased or cancelled due to implications of COVID-19.
Implement extended telework arrangements where feasible.
What businesses can do.
Post signage reminding people who are sick to stay home.
Post signage encouraging handwashing.
Limit crowding and implement social distancing whenever possible.
Restaurants and the hospitality industry should also encourage social distancing and emphasize take-out ordering.
Other Employer Best Practices.
Employers can better prepare themselves and their employees by following these recommendations:
Implement an “if you are ill, stay home” requirement for all employees
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