Virginia Employers: You are Required to Comply with the Mandatory Covid-19 Standard

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On July 24, 2020, Virginia enacted a temporary emergency standard to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of the virus that causes coronavirus.

The COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard applies to virtually ALL EMPLOYERS in the state, and failure to comply could result in fines as high as $135,000.00 for repeat or willful violations.

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“In the face of federal inaction, Virginia has stepped up to protect workers from COVID-19, creating the nation’s first enforceable workplace safety requirements. Keeping Virginians safe at work is not only a critical part of stopping the spread of this virus, it’s key to our economic recovery and it’s the right thing to do.” 

Governor Ralph Northam

What's in the Standard?

The Virginia Temporary Emergency Standard requires employers to address these issues:

  • Ranking and Applicability. The new mandate requires employers to self-rank within “very high,” “high,” “medium,” and “lower” exposure categories...
  • Preventative and Response Plans. All employers falling within the “very high” or “high” categories, must develop and implement a written Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan, which must be distributed to employees... 
  • Preventative Measures. Though all employers are encouraged to provide their employees with PPE, some employers falling within certain risk categories are mandated to provide PPE and PPE training to their employees...
  • Training. Employers are required to train and inform employees on these new rules and regulations, as well as COVID-19 transmission, PPE usage, and more...
  • Return-to-Work Plans. Though teleworking (to the extent possible) is encouraged, employers are directed to draft and implement a return to work plan...
  • Retaliation Protection. Employers are forbidden from retaliating against an employee who files a complaint or expresses concern with—or relating to—the new COVID-19 rules and regulations.