As the Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, governments are taking drastic steps to prevent a global pandemic. Italy just announced a nationwide ban on travel and all public events, including soccer matches and even masses. While in today’s high-tech world many workers already have the ability to work remotely from home, that is not the case for all industries. Manufacturer still need to have workers onsite to do make the goods and restaurants and retailers need staff to service their customers.
While large companies have paid sick leave policies, many small businesses do not. As a result, many workers will go to work even when sick since they cannot afford to miss a paycheck. In the past this was an acceptable practice, but the Coronavirus has changed all of that. People exposed are being told to isolate themselves for two weeks to contain the spread of the disease. However, workers without paid sick leave may not comply with these government policies. As a result many small businesses could be severely impacted if exposed and could be forced to temporarily shut down operations.
Government may step in to mandate certain practices, but this may be the time for small businesses to reevaluate their human resource policies regarding paid and unpaid time off. And Total Team Solutions is there to assist in this endeavor. For more than 30 years, Total Team Solutions has been providing human resources advisory services to small businesses and developing best practices and procedures to help them grow their businesses. Does your business have established human resources policies? An employee handbook? Are you in compliance with all federal, state and local government regulations regarding payroll, healthcare, and sexual harassment training?
For more information on how Total Team Solutions can keep your small business on track for future growth, contact John Morlock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 800-836-9678, ext. 5.