CDC: Employers Should Prepare for Coronavirus

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted this warning about the current strain of coronavirus: “Now is the time for U.S. businesses, hospitals, and communities to begin preparing for the possible spread of #COVID19.” The tweet and subsequent media coverage have caused much unease for employers and employees. Currently, there are very few cases in the U.S., and the CDC is advising preparation in case of an outbreak. The following are resources to help employers with preparation.

This Employers Council article outlines important employer considerations.

This article offers HR considerations that apply to many communicable diseases such as coronavirus.

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

A critical component of preparation is disaster planning, specifically business disruption. You can find information here: https://www.ready.gov/business. Ready.gov also has personal preparation plans for all disasters, including pandemics.