Governor Holcomb: Indiana Employers Continuing Operations or Allowed to Reopen Must Develop COVID-19 Plans by May 11, 2020
By: Joshua B. Gessling
On May 1, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-26 (“EO 20-26”). EO 20-26 requires Indiana businesses that are continuing to operate or reopening to adhere to certain requirements, which include creating a policy related to COVID-19. Beginning no later than May 11, 2020, all Indiana employers that are operating must develop and publish a policy to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe work environment for employees and the public. At a minimum, EO 20-26 requires these policies to address the following:
(1) Instituting an employee health screening process;
(2) Employing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols;
(3) Enhancing the abilities of employees and visitors to wash or sanitize hands; and
(4) Complying with social distancing requirements established by the CDC or other separation measures.
EO 20-26 also requires that Indiana employers comply with applicable safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA.
Indiana employers are urged to consult Governor Holcomb’s EO 20-26 immediately, and consider developing a policy and practices that will enable workers to be returned to work safely. According to EO 20-26, these policies must be developed, provided to each employee, and posted publicly on or before May 11, 2020. Governor Holcomb’s EO 20-26 may be accessed here https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive%20Order%2020-26%20Roadmap%20to%20Reopen.pdf.
If you have questions about EO 20-26 or how your business may be affected, you may contact the ZSWS lawyer with whom you regularly work.