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Seventy-one percent of employers surveyed recently say they did not have a pre-existing pandemic management plan or emergency management plan activated in response to COVID-19, according to a report released Monday by the employment law firm BlankRome LLP.
The firm surveyed 150 of its clients between March 19 and March 23 to gauge concerns regarding the pandemic, reflecting a “diverse array” of businesses across various industries and geographies, exploring emergency management planning, COVID-19 crisis impact and communications, travel/policy changes, employee symptoms and testing in the workplace, policy decisions, and staffing adjustments.
The results, meanwhile, reported that 12% of employers surveyed have received complaints from employees concerned with safety and other issues related to COVID-19 — an issue the firm said in a statement employers should monitor as most of the complaints did not fall within the traditional categories.
“In an indication of how unprecedented a challenge the pandemic is to workplaces, more than 93% of the responses to the types of complaints received didn’t fall within the traditional framework of employment complaints, including disability discrimination, retaliation, and OSHA,” the report states.
The firm also found that 62.8% of employers surveyed prohibited all international travel and 38.5% prohibited domestic work-related trips. Regarding personal travel, 7.7% of employers surveyed said they are requiring employees to inform the company of their travel plans so that employers are made aware of any exposure risk.
Meanwhile, 51.5% of the surveyed companies have moved to full remote work and 37% have moved to partial remote work.
As for medical diagnoses, the survey found that only 7% of employers have had employees tested for COVID-19. Meanwhile, 29.5% do not know whether employees have been tested, according to the survey.
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Lawmakers in Ohio and New Jersey on Monday introduced coronavirus legislation that could affect workers compensation.