Empowering Businesses for Sustainable Success
As North Carolina works to combat the spread of COVID-19 and sustain our economic momentum, the NC Chamber is committed to equipping job creators with the latest data-driven resources, empowering you to continue protecting lives and livelihoods across our state. We will update this page with new and relevant federal and state resources as they become available. If you are aware of relevant information or resources that you believe would be valuable to share with the business community, please email us and share your ideas.
**OSHA has sent to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will require employers with at least 100 employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated or that they submit a negative COVID test on a weekly basis. Although we know the ETS is at OIRA, we do not yet what it says or any details. How long the ETS will remain at OIRA is unknown, but the possibility exists that the ETS could be cleared and issued in the coming weeks. We are in touch with the NC Department of Labor and our federal partners, and will alert our members as soon as we learn more. When more information becomes available, please check back on this site for more information.
General Resources for Business
Job creators have shown we have what it takes to adapt our strategies to the needs of our businesses and our people, supporting safe workplaces as we continue to help move North Carolina forward. These resources will empower you to keep protecting lives and livelihoods in our workplaces and across our state’s communities.
- CDC: Workplaces & Businesses Page: Plan, Prepare, Respond
*Includes industry-specific information as well as resources for returning to work and post-vaccine considerations
- N.C. DHHS: Businesses and Employers Resource Page
*Includes information about the latest state guidance and additional resources for NC businesses
- NC Chamber: Employer Guide to Reopening
*Includes reopening resources compiled throughout the pandemic by our NC Chamber team
- SHRM: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources
*Includes tools tailored for human resource professionals (some resources may require SHRM membership to access)
- American Psychiatric Association: Returning to the Workplace Guide
*Includes mental health resources to support employees through their transition back to the workplace
*Resources tailored specifically for small businesses can be found here or by clicking the “Small Business Resources” button at the top of this page
Access the tools and information you need to make the most informed decisions about vaccines in your workplace.
- OSHA: Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (8/13/21)
*This guidance is designed to help employers protect workers who are unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk as well those who are fully vaccinated but located in areas of substantial or high community transmission
- CDC: Information for Employers and Employees
- NC Chamber: COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Employers
*Includes vaccine resources compiled by our NC Chamber team throughout the pandemic
- National Association of Manufacturers: Guide to Help Build Confidence in the Vaccine Against COVID-19
- U.S. Chamber: COVID-19 Digital Resources Center
- U.S. EEOC: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other EEO Laws
*The EEOC also maintains a COVID resource page for any other legal questions
Get the latest guidance for developing and implementing a robust COVID-19 testing plan that meets the needs of your business.
- CDC: Testing in Non-Healthcare Workplaces (3/17/21)
*Covers numerous testing updates for select workplaces, including frequency of testing and testing without known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 (screening testing)
- U.S. Chamber: Standardized COVID-19 Employee Screening Questionnaire
Disclaimer: The NC Chamber seeks to provide access to general information that may be relevant to individuals and entities responding or reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak. Prior to acting on the basis of information presented here, members and non-members should consult their own professional advisors for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals and corporations. The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the NC Chamber are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice. The NC Chamber has not undertaken to ascertain the accuracy or reliability of the content of information provided or linked here. Users of this information accept any and all risks associated with its use and, by accessing the information, agree that the NC Chamber has no special relationship or liability to user.