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New Jersey Attorney Summarizes New CDC Guidelines

New Jersey partner Kathleen Collins has authored a current Litchfield Alert that brings forward the new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In her summary, “CDC Reverses Course on Essential Workers Exposed to Coronavirus”, Kathleen quotes CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD who had initially proposed businesses limit the number of employees they call back to work. Dr. Redfield eventually reversed his statement endorsing the need for essential workers in the workplace stating, “One of the most important things we can do is keep our critical workforce working.”

The CDC provides guidelines for employers to follow should they decide to call back employees who are eligible to return to work. The common sense rules include making certain employees do not have coronavirus symptoms, requiring the use of a facemask, maintaining a safe social distance and agree to daily temperature checks. The guidelines also call for essential businesses to sanitize workspaces and shared surfaces, stagger work breaks, increase air exchange within rooms, and to send home any employee who becomes ill.

To read Kathleen’s Litchfield Alert, “CDC Reverses Course on Essential Workers Exposed to Coronavirus”, click here.

Kathleen has more than 25 years’ experience in complex commercial litigation involving employment, commercial construction, mass toxic tort and environmental matters. She defends employers, hospitality groups, malls, restaurants, retail establishments and manufacturing entities with a world-wide presence.

To discuss the impact of the CDC guidelines or provisions have on your business during the COVID-19 crisis, and learn about potential outcomes for insurers and insureds alike, please reach out directly to Kathleen Collins.