New Jersey Business
November 01, 2020
This November 2020 New Jersey
Business article discussed ways “companies can reduce their liability in
the workplace with well-thought-out safety policies and informed employees.” David Rosen, Chair of the Firm's Employment and Labor Practice, was asked for his insights.
Excerpts from the
article: “David Rosen, a Sills Cummis & Gross attorneys who has practiced labor
and employment law on behalf of management clients since 1977, says it’s
important to have someone who understands the company’s workplace develop
“Attorneys can review those policies and make content
recommendations, but the plans must be developed by representatives of the
employer who are conversant with the workplace facility’s layout, operation and
access points,” according to Rosen.
“Rosen suggests that instead of waivers, employers should
ask employees to sign an acknowledgment form confirming that the employees will
read and comply with the COVID workplace requirements.”
“The acknowledgment should say that they understand that
despite the employer’s best efforts, there is an inevitable risk of COVID
exposure associated with coming into work; that the employees agree they will
not report for work if they have any COVID-related symptoms or have been
exposed to COVID; that they will promptly seek medical care if they believe
they have contracted COVID; and that they will immediately notify human
resources if they know they have been exposed,” according to Rosen.