Monday, August 3, 2020

Coronavirus Update 8-3-2020: How have employers responded to COVID-19?

recent survey of businesses reveals a variety of trends about COVID-19 in the workplace.

  • Nearly 6 out of every 10 employers has had an employee test positive for COVID-19 (double the number from April).

  • 92 percent require on-site employees to wear masks in common areas and mandate physical distancing.

  • 93 percent have enhanced cleaning protocols.

  • More than 1 in 2 are taking employees' temperatures and performing other daily health screenings, while only 2 percent are requiring (legal but impractical) COVID-19 diagnostic testing and 1 percent (illegal) COVID-19 antibody testing.

  • 73 percent are allowing employees to work from home based on a fear of contracting COVID-19 without any risk factors.

  • 20 percent are discouraging domestic travel, and nearly 45 percent are requiring employees to work remotely or take a leave of absence for a 14-day quarantine upon their return.

  • Despite all of these measures, 21 percent of employers have received a COVID-19 related complaint from employees. 

What has your experience been? On track with this survey? Or different? Please share in the comments below.

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