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  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Employees, and the Waseca Community

  • Here are a few FAQ's that we have received around having a COVID Preparedness Plan at your business.  It is important to have one to protect your employees, customers, and your business itself.  


    Q. Can an employee refuse to come back to work if they don’t feel reasonably safe from COVID at work?

    A. Yes, however they will need to make a complaint about the business to MN DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) then DEED and OSHA will review the employer’s COVID Preparedness Plan.  If the employer has an acceptable plan and is following, the employee will need to return to work or quit.  If the plan is not found to be acceptable, then the employer must come up with an amended plan and have that reviewed. 

    Q. If an employee contracts COVID while at work, can it be considered a workman’s comp issue?

                  A. Currently under review and undetermined. 

    Q. Can a customer claim that they contracted COVID from my business and take legal or civil action?

                 A. They can take action, whether or not they will have any success is undetermined.  Having a Preparedness Plan and following it should help stop frivolous claims.

     

    Please email ann@wasecachamber.com if you business needs a template for a Preparedness Plan.  

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