Employers have clearer answers to questions about managing the workplace and hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a set of new federal guidelines.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace guidance to address how employers can follow advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state/local health authorities while also staying compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC specifically updated the following guidelines:
The EEOC also included the following guidance for hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic:
The CDC’s updates to its Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) included (1) updated cleaning and disinfection guidance, (2) updated best practices for conducting social distancing and (3) updated strategies and recommendations that can be implemented now to respond to COVID-19.