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To ensure continuity of essential operations, it is important for critical businesses to keep both their employees and customers safe. The balancing act of keeping your business open and reducing exposure to the coronavirus is tricky, but if companies follow government-regulated restrictions and social distancing guidelines, they can help prevent community spread while providing stability to their employees.

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Proceed with caution

It's important to be as transparent as possible when it comes to communicating that a teammate has tested positive for COVID-19. But you still need to protect your employee's privacy.

National and state OSHA standards for COVID-19

OSHA issued directives and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Best practices for long-term care facilities

CDC issues vital information for preventing and controlling exposure to COVID-19 at long-term care facilities and nursing homes.

Common safety measures for grocers

Supermarkets are on the front lines and running for a community to be able to recover after a disaster strikes. The National Grocers Association offers a wealth of information on the subject.

Guidance for farmers

USDA Service Centers are continuing to support farmers and ranchers. has compiled a guide for the farming industry with helpful resources.

Guidance for manufacturers

OSHA issued tips for manufacturers to help reduce their risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

Guidance for the package-delivery workforce

OSHA has prepared a tip sheet for those handling and delivering packages during the global pandemic.

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Emergency Hiring (and Firing)

If you are an essential business, you know that it’s all hands-on deck. While some businesses are making layoffs and furloughing employees, we know you’ve got your hands full with recruiting, interviewing, onboarding and training new employees while also trying to communicate with your current staff.

Our team of HR professionals broke down some best practices for continuing to recruit and hire virtually. If in-person interviews, onboarding and training are mandatory for your industry, we’ve got you covered.

We also go past the hiring phase and focus in on how to communicate with those new hires once they are ready to work in the field or on the shopfloor.

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Communication is key

Support your employees during these unprecedented times.

Change recruiting tactics to accommodate the times

Recruiting and hiring essential employees during a pandemic will work a little differently.

Gone for the foreseeable future

Many businesses will find the new economy especially challenging. For those, a reduction in force may be necessary.

Set the right expectations

During the global coronavirus pandemic, essential workers have been asked to step up like never before. Here's how to set them up for success.

Temporary layoffs and furloughs

Some essential businesses must remain open with only a skeleton crew. Here's how to let the remainder know.

Coping with stress during the pandemic

The World Health Organization has tips for coping with stress caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Hint: It doesn't recommend drinking alcohol.