During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Chamber has partnered with Capital Associated Industries (CAI) to share resources that empower employers to operate safely and effectively. CAI has developed the following toolkit as a template to guide employers in the creation of safety plans tailored for their specific needs. The NC Chamber shares this resource with the permission of CAI:
Important Notice from CAI:
CAI offers this document as a template; however, CAI’s area of expertise is solely North Carolina and Federal employment law. If you employ workers in other states, you will need to review for compliance in those states. If aspects of this document are unrelated to employment law, seek counsel on that particular topic. We recommend working with a safety professional, for example on many health and safety specific areas.
Policies/programs/procedures should be carefully reviewed by your organization. Each organization should customize this policy – often significantly – based on their company’s facilities, staff and industry. Most of the policies are NOT required by any law or regulation, and by putting these policies into place you are asserting that you are choosing, as a company, to comply with the policy. If you do not comply with your company policy, there could be legal risk. For example, this document states that the COVID-19 committee will meet weekly, maintain meeting notes and cover a listed set of topics at each meeting. Failure to do so could open you up to liability. If you feel that any of these policies is not appropriate to your workplace, you should eliminate or alter it as needed, with review from CAI or an attorney. Certain required programs (such as FMLA or FFCRA leave) are not required for every business. If you have questions, contact CAI or your attorney.
The information provided in this document does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. Instead, all information, content and materials provided are for general informational purposes only and may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other guidance. Readers should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. No reader should act or refrain from action on the basis of any information, content or materials provided herein without first seeking legal advice. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)