My Employee Tested Positive for CORONAVIRUS – Now What?
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:
Temporary Revised Requirements for Form I-9 “In-Person” Documentation
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will defer the requirements for employers to review Form I-9 documents in-person with new employees, due to the COVID-19 emergency. Here are the temporary, revised requirements:
Oregon Labor Law covers the Coronavirus
Oregon’s sick time law specifically covers absences during a public health emergency [Allows all employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of protected sick time each year.]
- It is an unlawful employment practice to discipline and/or terminate and employee for using protected sick time.
- Closure of the employee’s place of business, or the school or place of care of the employee’s child, by order of a public official due to a public health emergency.
- A determination by a lawful public health authority or a health care provider that the presence of the employee or the family member of the employee in the community would jeopardize the health of others.
- The exclusion of the employee from the workplace under any government law or rule that requires the employer to exclude the employee from the workplace for health reasons.
Is COVID-19 Negatively effecting your business?
The Oregon business community has been asked to share how the current health crisis is impacting their businesses … In order to meet the threshold for federal small business assistance, Oregon businesses need to come forward and tell their story. Please share any impacts COVID-19 and the rule changes associated with this crisis, have impacted your business. Please send your stories and examples of economic hardship to your local Chamber of Commerce. https://www.oregonchamber.org/list/searchalpha/c
Employer Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Here are some “safe practices” that can help you and your employees
Cardinal Services acknowledges the worry and the many questions on employers’ minds with the arrival of the Coronavirus in the Pacific Northwest. We want to share some best practices that can help you and your employees during this ongoing health challenge.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Oregon is now eligible region for SBA Loan Assistance. Apply for $10,000 grant and/or a business loan. For guidance filling out the form: watch a video walk-through.
|US Small Business Administration||The Small Businesses Owner's Guide to the CARES Act||http://www.cardinal-services.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CaresAct2020.pdf|
|Business Oregon||Small Businesses Navigator||https://www.oregon4biz.com/|
|US Small Business Administration||List of Lenders||https://www.sba.gov/partners/lenders/microloan-program/list-lenders|
|US Small Business Administration||Disaster Assistance for Small Business||https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19|
|US Small Business Administration||OR 16378-01 SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Oregon Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)||https://www.sba.gov/offices/disaster/dfocw/resources/1658485|