The quick spike in unemployment numbers, says one Illinois business leader, are a direct result of the government’s “aggressive” approach to fighting coronavirus.
More than 3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. The March numbers for Illinois are 173,000, almost five times the number of March 2019.
In a bad sign about the state of the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the number of unemployment claims in Illinois has soared this week, and quite likely will keep rising.
This week, OSHA released new guidance for U.S. employers, giving recommendations on how to reduce worker exposure to coronavirus in the face of the COVID-19 situation – a situation that the World Health Organization has now labeled a “pandemic.” The guidance discusses regulations relevant to this situation, including the General Duty Clause under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), which requires that employers provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious harm” (previously discussed here), and the regulations governing required use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as respirators, face masks, and gloves.
The coronavirus outbreak, known as COVID-19, has been spreading around the world, including the United States. Employers must respond in rapid fashion and face a series of questions regarding the impact the virus will have on the workplace. Below are answers to five questions all companies must know.