Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the largest HR organization in the world with more than 300,000 HR and business executive members in 165 countries – is offering resources to members about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help them prepare their workforces for the possibility of business closures, working from home, quarantines, and other outcomes of a disease outbreak such as Coronavirus.
“Communicable diseases like coronavirus and the respiratory illness it causes, COVID-19, can bring a busy workforce to a standstill. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers and customers, and part of that duty of care is to do your part to prevent and respond to infectious diseases in the community,” according to SHRM, which offers the following Coronavirus resources for members:
- Coronavirus: Communicating with Employees
- Memo: Coronavirus and Flu Prevention
- Memo: Temporary Telecommuting Arrangements
- Memo: Temporary Suspension of Nonessential Business Travel
- Managing Through Flu and Other Epidemics in the Workplace
- How to Handle Communicable Diseases in the Workplace
- Infectious Disease Control Policy
- Stop the Spread of Germs at Work
- More Coronavirus Resources
“As more cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world and within the U.S., employers must take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this virus within the workplace. To preempt this potential danger, employers should ensure business continuity plans take into account and prepare for biological threats,” SHRM said in a statement about the outbreak of Coronavirus in the United States.
“Actively encourage sick employees to stay home, send symptomatic employees home until they are able to return to work safely, and require employees returning from high-risk areas to telework during the incubation period. As with any widespread virus, bacterium or other biological threat, employers should take care to protect their workers and their future business operations,” SHRM recommended.
“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely, following guidance from the World Health Organization, the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, India’s national health agency, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By following these important precautions and by planning ahead, we can help contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus,” the statement concluded.
SHRM creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers, and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener, and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With more than 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers globally. To learn more, visit www.shrm.org.
SHRM currently expects that the SHRM 2020 Talent Conference & Exposition – which is scheduled for April 20 to 22, 2020, in Orlando, Florida – will proceed as planned. “We are monitoring federal agency guidance related to the COVID-19 situation closely and are working with state and local agencies daily to plan for a safe conference in Orlando,” according to a statement from SHRM about the conference and COVID-19.
Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), is scheduled to present a session about “Legal and Effective Reference Checking, Credential and Education Verification” on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, during the SHRM 2020 Talent Conference & Exposition. Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” and a frequent speaker on issues involving background checks.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global provider of background checks headquartered in Northern California with international capabilities in over 240 countries and territories – is following the impact of COVID-19 on employers with several blogs by ESR News about the Coronavirus that are available at www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/tag/coronavirus/. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
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