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.

Implementing safety practices for essential workers

The CDC says critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19.

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.

Controlling & preventing COVID-19 in the workplace

OSHA provides a comprehensive guide to preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace.

CDC guidance to businesses and employees

CDC offers businesses advice on how to maintain healthy business operations for both employees and customers.

Protecting our healthcare workers

The CDC shares guidance for keeping healthcare workers safe and evaluating and testing patients for COVID-19.

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.

Considerations for restaurants and bars

As restaurants and bars resume operations in some areas of the United States, CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurants and bars decision tool

Public Health considerations for reopening restaurants and bars during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance for agriculture workers and employers

Farm operations vary across regions of the country. This guidance provides a template of action to protect agriculture workers from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Guidance for manufacturing workers and employers

CDC’s Critical Infrastructure Guidance advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), provided they remain asymptomatic, have not had a positive test result for COVID-19, and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

Healthcare Facility Tools

Learn how to prepare your healthcare facility for a hurricane or other natural disaster during COVID-19.

Meat & Poultry Processing Facility Assessment Toolkit

Tools and resources for occupational safety and health professionals and state and local public health officials assessing meat and poultry processing facilities.

U.S. Department of Labor issues alert to keep retail workers safe during coronavirus pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect retail workers from exposure to coronavirus.

What Grocery and Food Retail Workers Need to Know about COVID-19

As a grocery or food retail worker, potential sources of exposures include close contact for prolonged periods of time with a customer with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after handling items, cash, or merchandise that customers with COVID-19 have touched.

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.