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COVID-19 Compliance Updates For Offices

Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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The latest COVID-19 updates for offices to stay compliant with federal health standards.

Legal Disclaimer: 

The information contained in the documents does not constitute legal advice and should not be applied arbitrarily to other businesses or workplaces. Axios HR bears no responsibility with respect to third party reliance on the recommendations set out herein. All employers should consult with local legal counsel, medical as well as health & safety advisors specific to their jurisdiction and industry in developing strategies applicable to their unique workplaces.

COVID-19 Updates For Offices

Any office that is operating when work-at-home is not an option must (per EO 2020-91):

  • (a) Assign dedicated entry point(s) for all employees to reduce congestion at the main entrance.
  • (b) Provide visual indicators of appropriate spacing for employees outside the building in case of congestion.
  • (c) Take steps to reduce entry congestion and to ensure the effectiveness of screening (e.g., by staggering start times, adopting a rotational schedule in only half of employees are in the office at a particular time).
  • (d) Require face coverings in shared spaces, including during in-person meetings and in restrooms and hallways.
  • (e) Increase distancing between employees by spreading out workspaces, staggering workspace usage, restricting non-essential common space (e.g., cafeterias), providing visual cues to guide movement and activity (e.g., restricting elevator capacity with markings, locking conference rooms).
  • (f) Turn off water fountains.
  • (g) Prohibit social gatherings and meetings that do not allow for social distancing or that create unnecessary movement through the office.
  • (h) Provide disinfecting supplies and require employees wipe down their work stations at least twice daily.
  • (i) Post signs about the importance of personal hygiene.
  • (j) Disinfect high-touch surfaces in offices (e.g., whiteboard markers, restrooms, handles) and minimize shared items when possible (e.g., pens, remotes, whiteboards).
  • (k) Institute cleaning and communications protocols when employees are sent home with symptoms.
  • (l) Notify employees if the employer learns that an individual (including a customer, supplier, or visitor) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited the office.
  • (m) Suspend all nonessential visitors.
  • (n) Restrict all non-essential travel, including in-person conference events.

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