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COVID-19 and Employee Staffing


To help manage the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, self-isolation, and self-quarantine protocols have been put into place all over the country. These protocols are necessary for slowing down the spread of the virus, and keeping the most vulnerable people safe from the circulating virus. The vulnerable are the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. To go along with the self-quarantine protocols, Governor Andrew Cuomo has required that 75% of employees of non-essential businesses must not report for work outside of their homes (at the time of this writing). While this is an important and essential aspect of stopping the spread of the virus, it can hurt employers and especially small businesses. If you have more questions about this mandate, and your options in these chaotic times, reach out to us at Birzon & Associates and learn more!


Recommended practices: 

While many non-essential businesses have been mandated to close their doors, as a healthcare provider, you have the option to remain open during this time (again, this is true at the time of this writing). According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), it is recommended that one person in your office operates as a workplace coordinator for all COVID-19 related issues. This will allow your office to remain healthy. 

It is recommended that during this time, as a private practice owner you consider establishing policies and practices that can encourage as much social distancing as possible. This may include: 

  • Implementing Telehealth services 
    • This includes delivering services remotely via the phone, video, or internet.
  • Staggering shifts to decrease the amount of staff in your office at a time. 
  • Postponing all non-essential meetings or events. 
  • Downsizing operations for the time being. 


Employee and Employers Options:

Your employees at this time, in New York, must practice self quarantining and stay safe, especially if they have symptoms relating to COVID-19. Also, there have been many steps taken to protect employees who cannot work during this time and even mandates that employers provide some sort of paid leave and benefits. Depending on the size of the company, the employer will be required to provide anywhere from 14 days of paid sick leave to the state paid family leave. 

Additionally, any leave during this period cannot reduce employees’ sick days they have accrued. Upon returning to work, employees will be restored to their previous positions and employment as well. These laws provide benefits to employees and employers in other ways. 

For example, if a business closes due to COVID-19, individuals can immediately apply for unemployment insurance benefits to receive help. For employer assistance, special and updated loans are available for small businesses dealing with the effect the coronavirus has had on their business. Additionally, the Business Council is encouraging employers in this difficult time to share information and ideas on how to manage in these unusual times. 


Contact Birzon & Associates: 

For more information on how COVID-19 can affect your business and employees, and what you can do to manage in these difficult situations, reach out to us at Birzon & Associates and see how we can help you.

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