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What does the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) mean for your workplace?
Friday, March 13th, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED TO A FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM.
Thank you for registering for our seminar, Friday, March 13th, “What does the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) mean for your workplace?”. Due to concerns about potential spread of the virus, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce along with Rudman Winchell has decided to live stream this event on Facebook rather than host an in-person event.
The information to be shared is important for employers and businesses as we navigate this unfamiliar territory. Protecting your health and the health of our community is more important. To join us, head to the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Facebook page at 10:00 am on Friday, March 13th for a Livestream discussion with Dr. Noah Nesin, PCHC Medical Director, Anne-Marie Storey, Attorney at Rudman Winchell and Bangor Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Chief Thomas Higgins. The online discussion will be moderated by Deb Neuman and placed on the Chamber’s website upon completion.
In this timely seminar, you will learn about community emergency preparedness efforts underway in the City of Bangor and hear from a legal professional about employment laws that will likely impact the way in which employers need to prepare and/or respond to the threat, including workers’ compensation, ADA, FMLA, and wage and hour issues.
Presented by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and Rudman Winchell Counselors at Law.
The Maine Department of Labor has received questions from employers and workers around COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Therefore, the Department put together the following resources.
The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to urge all Maine residents to take precautions and follow guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC).
•Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Avoid shaking hands as a greeting.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Resources for Businesses and Employees:
From U.S. CDC: cdc.gov
FAQ’s from U.S. DOL about the Fair Labor Standards Act: dol.gov
Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): osha.gov
•OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage: osha.gov
Relevant Labor Law
Maine’s Family Medical Leave laws apply to an employee that has worked for the same employer for at least 12 consecutive months. The employee would be entitled to up to 10 workweeks of job-protected unpaid Family Medical Leave in any two years unless employed at a permanent worksite with fewer than 15 employees. Employers may provide paid leave at their discretion.
Maine’s Family Sick Leave law states that if an employer provides paid leave, then the employer shall allow an employee to use the paid leave for the care of an immediate family member who is ill. This law section does not apply to the illness of the employee. This law gives the employee the right to choose what type of leave they are going to use if their employer provides multiple benefits, such as sick, vacation, or personal with limitations.
Larger businesses, such as businesses that have 50 or more employees, will fall under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act laws which provides up to 12 weeks of leave for a qualifying event. U.S. Department of Labor FAQ’s about federal FMLA: dol.gov
Maine’s Earned Paid Leave law does not go into effect until January 1, 2021. This law, when in effect, will guarantee that those employees that have accrued time will be paid for their accrued time off, up to 40 hours in one year of employment.
Work-Related Illness – If the illness is work-related, the employee and employer should consult with the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. For more information about the Worker’s Compensation Board, visit: maine.gov
For a downloadable copy of this information please click here.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Community Mitigation Strategy https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fpreparing-individuals-communities.html
- World Health Organization
Coronavirus Disease Information https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Mental Health Considerations https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf
- Johns’ Hopkins Global Outbreak Dashboard