Where can I find reliable information about COVID-19 to guide my company’s decision-making process about employment policies related to the outbreak?
There is a substantial amount of inaccurate information circulating about COVID-19, some of which is sensational and some of which is affirmatively wrong. Three good sources of accurate information about COVID-19 are the CDC website, State department of health websites and local county department of health websites. Employers in Texas should keep apprised of information posted on the Texas Department of State Health Services website, which can be accessed at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/
Local health departments tend to have the most up-to-date information about the status of the local community, which is the most relevant situational information for most employers and employees. In most areas, county health departments decide whether or not schools or workplaces should be closed. Employers should also check the websites of cities in which they operate for city specific orders and requirements related to COVID-19.
The Society for Human Resource Management website is also a helpful resource for employers, providing both general resources and answers to frequently asked questions as well as detailed member only guides on how to handle communicable diseases in the workplace.
While not mandatory, OSHA has provided control and prevention guidance and the CDC has pages of information dedicated to assisting business and workplaces at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html.
We have provided a collection of sources we consider reliable on our Coronavirus Insights & Resources microsite.
Last updated June 22, 2020
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