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Business Continuity Planning

Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (HHS & CDC)
Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. To assist you in your efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies.

Pandemic Preparedness Planning For U.S. Businesses With Overseas Operations (CDC)
The United States Government has created the following guide to help U.S. businesses with overseas operations prepare and implement pandemic business continuity. This is a list of suggestions and can serve as a starting point for developing a comprehensive plan. The checklist highlights actions applicable to businesses of all sizes, although each item does not necessarily apply to every overseas business.

Legal Guidance on Workplace Pandemic Planning (EEOC)
This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace. It identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning such as:

-How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in order to protect the rest of its workforce when an influenza pandemic appears imminent?
-When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during a pandemic?
-Does the ADA allow employers to require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the pandemic influenza virus?
-When employees return to work, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty?

Getting Ahead of the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Checklist for Multinational Employers
Courtesy of a member company, a suggested macro-checklist for multinational employers designed to help plan for and respond to a potential pandemic.

Sample Pandemic Threat Condition Levels
Courtesy of a member company, this is a sample of pandemic threat condition levels that could be implemented at your business.

Sample Pandemic Preparation Questions
Courtesy of a member company, questions to ask during an outbreak, questions to ask once an outbreak becomes a pandemic, and which actions your crisis management team should perform regularly afterward to stay prepared.

Resources to Plan, Prepare and Respond

Assistance for Small Business (SBA)
North Carolina has received disaster declaration from SBA Administrator Carranza for COVID-19. Businesses can now apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The SBA also offers this additional information on disaster assistance resources for business.

Coronavirus Command Center: Empowering NC Employers to Respond to Change (CAI)
The team at CAI offers resources on managing a remote workforce, as well as navigating issues around unemployment, pay and more.

COVID-19: FAQs on Federal Labor and Employment Laws (Ogletree Deakins)
Ogletree Deakins provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the latest developments on the virus and guidance from federal agencies.

Annual Meetings in a World Without Meetings: The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Companies (Smith Anderson)
This alert highlights some of the key issues that public companies should be considering during these challenging times.

Contracts and COVID-19 (Smith Anderson)
Smith Anderson provides an analysis to help you consider how the coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect your business relationships.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (SBA)
Resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration, including loan assistance, employer guidance, and SBA products and resources.

Best Practice: Establish a Cross-Functional Team to Manage Preparation and Response (NC Chamber)
NC Chamber members have shared that establishing a team to manage your assessment, preparation and response is an important best practice. Learn more about why and who that team should include.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
The CDC provides this interim guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Let your employees know you are monitoring the situation and share best practices for prevention and treatment.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic (OSHA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this pandemic influenza planning guidance based upon traditional infection control and industrial hygiene practices. It is important to note that there is currently no pandemic; thus, this guidance is intended for planning purposes and is not specific to a particular viral strain.

Coronavirus – FAQ for Employers (CAI)
CAI addresses some of the most common questions received during this period of rapidly changing information.