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COVID-19: A Pandemic of Teachable Moments

COVID-19 has taken us all on a crash course in infection control and personal planning considerations that range from learning how to thrive amidst an invisible threat to practicing greater compassion for each other. The curriculum this fall includes a mandatory new course requirement, in which earning a passing grade is a must. The subject? … Continued

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As Businesses Reopen, the DOL Continues to Update FFCRA Q&As

On July 17, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional Q&As related to COVID-19.  Though employers are probably exhausted by these updates, the Q&As provide guidance that will help businesses stay compliant during the pandemic.  This blog summarizes the new Q&As, which are numbered 94 through 97, but we recommend that employers and their human … Continued

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Re-Open The Office, Or Virtual Forever?

2020 was the year that employers finally told their people, some for the first time: yes, you can work from home today. Some had no choice, due to executive orders closing non-essential businesses; others opted to make the move to virtual of their own volition, spurred by fears that their employees would contract COVID-19 at … Continued

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Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided return-to-work guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, workers with chronic lung disease, asthma, hypertension, severe heart conditions, weakened immunity, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease, and chronic kidney disease. The … Continued

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Coronavirus and the Workforce: California State Agencies Issue Guidance

At ReedGroup, we manage employee leaves of absence, so we are acutely aware that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing huge disruption for most employers. ReedGroup will continue to offer its clients COVID-19 guidance as developments arise in the coming days and weeks. As COVID-19 cases rise rapidly in the United States, administrative agencies have … Continued

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The Coronavirus: What Employers Should Know About COVID-19

Employers must contend with many issues that occur outside of the workplace and out of their control. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, “2019-nCoV” or COVID-19, is a perfect example of why every employer should have a pandemic preparedness program in place for the safety of their employees. Background Novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is an … Continued