COVID-19 State and Local Updates
Between now and June 12 (subject to extension by the Governor), all employers must take the following steps:
- If a high-risk employee requests to be protected against exposure to COVID-19, you must utilize all available options for alternative work assignments, such as telework, remote work locations, reassignment, and social distancing measures.
- If you determine that a reasonable accommodation of the high-risk employee through alternative work arrangements is not possible, you must permit the employee to take leave if he or she chooses to do so. The employee must be provided the discretion to file for unemployment benefits or to use any accrued company-provided leave (such as sick leave, vacation, or PTO) in any order the employee chooses.
- If the high-risk employee takes a leave of absence and exhausts all of his or her accrued paid time off, you must continue to fully maintain all provided health insurance benefits until the employee can return to work. (You should check with your health insurance plan to ensure that the plan will allow continuation of benefits for an employee on unpaid leave, as that is not always permitted, creating a conundrum for those attempting to comply with the Governor’s mandate).
- Finally, you may not permanently replace any high-risk employee who exercises his or her rights to an alternative work assignment and/or to take leave. (You may, however, still hire temporary employees so long as it does not negatively impact the high-risk employee’s right to eventually return to work. In addition, you still may take employment actions, such as a reduction in force, when no work reasonably exists).
Updated April 17 @ 3:35 PM
States continue to issue extensions to the shelter in place orders as well as place additional responsibilities on essential businesses. Read on for specific state updates.
Extensions of Orders:
- Missouri: Extended order until May 3rd. Mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City extended their shelter in place orders until May 15th
- New York: Extended order until May 15th
- Wisconsin: Extended order until May 26th
Governors in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky announced a plan to coordinate on the reopening of the economy following the coronavirus pandemic.
Marcia Kinter is the Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs at PRINTING United Alliance. Ms. Kinter oversees the development of resources for the Association addressing environmental, safety & health, and sustainability issues. She represents the printing industry, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the printing industry.
In 2008, Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.
Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining PRINTING United Alliance, Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
She holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.