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CDC Update, Etc…

Good afternoon!

 In case you are unaware, the CDC has updated its criteria for Contact Tracing related to the definition of a “close contact” on 10/21/2020.   From the site:

 “Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”1

 So the “6-15-48 analysis” is now what employers are to use when determining employees’ exposure to another worker.  You’ll now consider the combined  length of time by adding up over a 24 hour period  how often the co-workers were in close proximity to one another (i.e., within 6’ for 15 minutes or more). 

 Your COVID Plan will need revision to reflect these new guidelines.  You may need to hire a person just to track this!!! 

 A reminder with the Election days away, this HR Professional recommends making time to have a very brief, somewhat impromptu group meeting with your employees.  Regardless of who wins the Presidential election, we are bracing for the response from the other side.  You may have employees who will report to work upset, angry, anxious, or gloating because his/her party won.  Be proactive by reminding your team of your Conduct policy, which should include the basics such as “be respectful” and other descriptions of reasonable conduct for the work environment.  Remind your team that they are there to fulfill their role and contribute their talent, not to discuss or have debates about political matters.  If clothing with political verbiage has been an issue that has gone unaddressed, now would be a good time to address it by asking employees not to wear it in the future because of the descension it may cause.  Reminding them that they are at work, not on holiday.  If you are a private employer, you can do that. 

 By being proactive, you will have put your team on notice that political arguing that can easily fall into bullying and harassment will not be tolerated now or after the election. Consider the following if needed:

  •  Provide Workplace Bullying & Anti-Harassment Training for your employees and for your management team.   
  • Develop an updated Dress Code Policy.
  • Develop a Code of Conduct for all employees.
  • Update your COVID Plan with the new CDC Guidelines.

If you need assistance with any of these tasks, give me a call to discuss! 

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