As a service to employers throughout the state of Connecticut, Kainen, Escalera & McHale is closely monitoring actions taken by Governor Lamont that directly impact businesses.
The Governor’s recent Executive Order 7BB (and the CT Economic and Community Development’s Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employees implementing the same) is one such action, outlining important additional workplace safety requirements for all employers. Here is a brief overview:
- Each employee shall be required to wear a mask or other cloth material that covers his or her mouth and nose at all times in common areas while in the workplace.
- Employees who are working alone in segregated spaces such as cubicles with walls and private offices may remove their face covering once they arrive at their isolated workspace.
- Employees working outside are not required to wear a face covering if they do not regularly come within six feet of others.
- Employers shall issue such masks or cloth face coverings to their employees. In the event an employer is unable to provide masks or cloth face coverings to employees because of shortages or supply chain difficulties, employers must provide the materials and CDC tutorial about how to create a cloth face covering, or compensate employees for the reasonable and necessary costs employees expend on such materials to make their own masks or cloth face covering.
- Nothing in these rules shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.
- If a person declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical condition as described above, such person shall not be required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.
We will continue to monitor all actions by state government impacting employers in Connecticut and will report those changes as they occur.
If you’re an employer and have questions about labor and employment law, including matters related to the Coronavirus, consider calling on the attorneys at Kainen, Escalera & McHale in Connecticut. We do one thing and one thing only – we are an employer defense law firm – in fact, we are one of the largest employer defense law firms in the region. What’s more, each of our attorneys has over 25 years of experience in employment and labor law matters and can provide your business with comprehensive legal counsel ranging from assistance with necessary preventive measures to trial advocacy. Please call us if we can help you.
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