Coronavirus Impact Updates

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Business Waits for No One, Certainly Not Negative Tests: New CDC Guideline Obviate the Need for Retesting

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Based on previous guidelines and advice, many business owners are telling employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, to not return to work until they test negative. Sometimes, this means waiting weeks and even months. There are numerous reasons contributing to the problem. First, some patients test positive for weeks after full recovery and no longer being contagious. Second, scheduling a test is getting harder and results are taking longer and longer. Third, the tests being used are still unreliable, with the "quick" ones having the highest rates of false positives and false negatives. In the meantime, businesses are seeing an uptick in business, but cannot fulfill orders or client needs because they have no workers. Some have even had to shut down. It is very surprising, then, that the CDC's new guideline saying a negative test is not necessary has flown under the radar.

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Shutdowns and Child Care Centers

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In the last 24 hours, we have seen three shutdown orders, only two of which affect Georgia child care centers. Under Mayor Bottom’s order, Atlanta residents are confined to their homes, but the order specifically exempts child care centers as essential businesses.  The mayor of Savannah’s order exempts child care centers providing services to employees of other exempt businesses and has several restrictions.  

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Update: How the Passed Families First Coronavirus Response Impacts Employers

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Late on March 18, 2020, the Senate passed House Bill 6201, named the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" and the White House promptly signed it that evening.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, with the White House's authority, had negotiated and drafted the legislation, which had cleared the House late last week.  

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How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Could Impact Employers

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On March 13, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, acting on behalf of the White House, reached a deal for a coronavirus economic relief deal, and the House passed it that evening. H.R. 6201, named the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" could affect employers with less than 500 employees in a number of ways, including requiring paid FMLA and sick leave. (Employers with 500 or more employees will not be affected.)

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