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Reopening Guidance for Workplaces & Businesses (COVID-19)

Reopening Guidance for Workplaces & Businesses (COVID-19)

While PMTA understands there is a lot of information circling the internet and social media and it seems to change almost daily, there are resources specifically set forth for reopening your workplace/business. It is important to utilize only credible sources and understand there are guidelines, mandates and executive orders which can and do change. Also be sure to consider when your county moves from red to yellow to green and post green. It may be a constant struggle to keep up to date, but it is extremely important. PMTA has created a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information and resources and will continue to update via this site, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and topic specific member emails.

Recently, the PA Chamber of Business & Industry hosted a 5-part series providing content and additional resources for any business to incorporate into their reopening. Below are presentation slides, recordings of the presentations and handouts all which can help give additional guidance and knowledge to assist you through the COVID-19 transitions.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides an expansive wealth of resources for Businesses & Workplaces to “Plan, Prepare, and Respond” and the PA Department of Health also has extensive information available. As always, please ensure you are constantly checking these resources for any changes.

Additionally, we are providing links to additional resources which you may find helpful.

Series Highlights

Part I: Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Reopening
Part II: Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, and PPE 
Part III: HR Guidelines  (DOL RegulationsExhibitsGuidelinesFollow Up Questions)
Part IV: Litigation and Liability Issues 
Part V: Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your Business

Part I:
Overview of State Guidelines and Review of Phased Reopening
(Recording available)

  • Speakers:

    • Dennis Davin, Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development
    • Neil Weaver, Executive Deputy Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development
    • Denise Brinley, Executive Director, Office of Energy
  • Discussion Items:

    • How determinations are made
    • Latest guidelines from the state and CDC
    • Explanation of Red, Yellow and Green guidelines and differences between the three
    • Restrictions for work and social settings

Part II:
Prepare Your Workplace: Cleaning, Sanitation, and PPE (Part II is included in the Part I recording)

  • Speakers:

    • Joe Tibbs, President, HAPevolve
    • Margaret M. Miller Project Manager, Quality Initiatives, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Covered the essentials of preparing a safe workplace environment including:

    • Best cleaning practices from CDC and EPA
    • PPE for employees and customers
    • Establishing best practices and protocols

Part III:
HR Guidelines
(Recording available)

  • Speakers:

    • Brian Orsinger, COO, PA Chamber Insurance
    • Dee Yingst, Chief HR and Compliance Officer, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
  • Discussion Items: 

    • Addressing employee concerns with returning to work
    • Compliance concerns regarding safely reopening
    • Creative scheduling and work environment flexibility to preserve social distancing
    • Travel policies
    • Development of company checklist for daily cleaning measures and sanitation
    • Healthcare questions and guidance

Part IV:
Litigation and Liability Issues 
(Recording available)

  • Speakers:

    • Christian Antkowiak, Esq., Shareholder – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
    • Erin McLaughlin, Shareholder – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC 
  • The attorneys review litigationed and liability issues companies could face in light of the COVID-19 pandemic including:

    • Potential legal issues employers could face (UC, coming back to work, ADA)
  • Best guidance to protect your business from issues arising from public concern/complaint/questions about compliancy

Part V:
Recovery Process for Key Areas of Your Business
(Recording available)

  • Speaker:

    • Jeff Vrabel, Partner, Baker Tilly 
  • Discussion Items: 

    • Financial resilience and growth
    • Supply Chain and Operations
    • Strategic Scenario Planning
    • Information Technology
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