New Employer Obligations in the Age of COVID-19: Safety Policies, PPE, and Deep Cleaning
Employment Attorneys David Santeusanio, Howard Sokol and Matthew Sloane co-authored an article in the Employee Relations Law Journal addressing practical considerations and obligations for employers when establishing safety plans to reopen the workplace. COVID-19 has altered the reality of workplace safety and corresponding industry standards. Employers face dramatically different workplace challenges and resulting new obligations regarding safety precautions and worker protections. Throughout the pandemic, federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) have provided guidance concerning workplace safety. Mr. Santeusanio, Mr. Sokol and Mr. Sloane discuss the federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidance covering employee use of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) and deep cleaning the workspace.