Yearly Archives: 2020


Thought COVID-19 Was Done? Not So Fast.

Here Are the Latest Updates. Update as of November 12 – Please note that in the draft rules OSHA set, the due date to get your updated COVID-19 plan in place was by November 21st. That deadline has been pushed back to December 21st.  Update as of November 6th – Oregon OSHA has published documents related to these new rules. Click here for the published documents.https://osha.oregon.gov/rules/advisory/infectiousdisease/Pages/default.aspx Note they also have a link to a new […]


UPTICK IN COVID-19 RELATED ISSUES

After a reasonably quiet summer, Cardinal has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 related issues. Among them, are concerns that employees are contracting the virus outside of the workplace, or have been in contact with positive COVID-19 cases. This has resulted in concerns from co-workers about how, and when these employees can return to work. Consequently, we have also seen a sudden increase in the amount of emergency paid sick leave requests. It appears this […]


Handling Political & Covid-19 Workplace Discussions

Tips on keeping employees’ conversations on controversial topics civil  As employees return to the workplace, there may be heated discussions among co-workers concerning the upcoming elections, current events, or the pandemic. Due to this, arguments and outright hostilities may erupt. If tempers flare during these heated discussions, supervisors will need to know how to handle the situation. To reduce the potential for heated discussions, it is essential to have a policy in place regarding political […]


Expenses Incurred by Work from Home Employees

Labor Laws are now addressing specific reimbursement policies for remote workers  During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, at least 45 states and numerous local governments adopted shelter-in-place orders that required people to remain at home, except for when providing essential services. This caused an unprecedented number of employees to work remotely—a necessary arrangement that allowed their employers to continue operating. The costs of working remotely have now generated new types of employee expenses. When […]


“It’s not fair!” Handling staff complaints on who gets to work remotely.

Dear HR, We are beginning to integrate employees returning to the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. We have made an exception for one employee with a disability, who will continue to work remotely. A few of our employees have voiced their displeasure with this arrangement. They think it is unfair for them to return to onsite work while one of their other co-workers continues with remote work. Without disclosing personal health information, how can […]


Back to Work – Employee Safety Concerns on Returning to Work

Get ready to have new policies in place and answer employee questions  Your employees may have many questions and concerns after returning to work. It is your job, as the employer, to address these questions and concerns regarding employees’ health and safety as we face COVID-19. Below is a probable list of questions employees may ask as you reopen your business. 


My Employee Tested Positive for CORONAVIRUS – Now What?

COVID-EXPOSURE FAQ Here is a list of immediate steps you can take to manage when an employee, customer, or worksite visitor tests positive for coronavirus or when a staff member is ordered to self-isolate due to possible exposure: Inform your management team immediately. If you are a small business, management may just be the business owner. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has a webpage that offers the latest information concerning small businesses […]


Face Covering Required for Indoor Public Spaces Starting July 1st.

Guidance for all employers, employees, and the public. ·  Mask Guidance (for all counties) – Info on which businesses must comply, guidance on face coverings, and OSHA information for customers and visitors. ·  “Masks Required” Sign for Businesses – Downloadable sign to print for public display. ·  Face Covering Facts – Printable flyer for face-covering tips. · Reopening Guidance FAQs – Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public (Updated 6-10-2020


The Payroll Protection Program is back … again!

On June 5th, 2020 a third Payroll Protection Program (PPP) was signed into law. The first PPP ran out of funding after two weeks and the second devoted more money to the program. This third iteration gives employers greater flexibility on how to spend the funds AND how to get those funds forgiven. Here are some key takeaways:   Loan Forgiveness Expansion If you wanted the loan forgiven, the original law gave borrowers 8 weeks to spend […]