As states continue efforts to reopen, local lawmakers are outlining rules for employers. Florida’s long-awaited E-Verify bill is now law, even though it’s not everything the governor hoped for, and slow testing results are causing Major League Baseball to strike out. We have all the details in EBI’s Screening News Weekly Wrap.
Return to Work Rules by State
Reopening safely is on the minds of business owners everywhere. No matter how big, or small, your workforce is, it is essential that employees feel safe when they return to the workplace.
Governors and state health officials across the country have been working on plans to take some of the guesswork out of reopening. Guidance varies state-to-state and covers everything from temperature screening, to special rules for restaurants, gyms, and personal care services like hair salons and spas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released safety guidelines to help businesses create a plan. But it is important to check to see what your state officials are requiring. Some states only “recommend” a few best practices like checking temperatures on site. Others have made screening a requirement, not just a suggestion.
The National Governor’s Association has compiled a list of the requirements. This link is updated twice a week and gives you a clear breakdown of what your state requires.
Florida Gets Watered Down E-Verify Bill
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the state’s long-awaited E-Verify bill into law, but it is a bit stripped down from what he originally asked lawmakers to write. The new law requires public entities like state agencies and local governments, as well as private companies that contract with them, to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm new hires are eligible to work in the United States.
The governor wanted ALL Florida employers to be required to use the electronic system. In fact, it was one of the campaign promises that helped him win the election. Lobbying groups from the state’s biggest industries including healthcare, agriculture, and hospitality fought hard to keep private businesses free of the mandate. As the law reads now, these employers have the option of using E-Verify or just sticking with the Form I-9.
The new law went into effect on July 1st.
Testing Delays Stall Baseball
As baseball tries to get back on track, COVID-19 is fouling things up. First, the issue was positive test results. When the first round of testing came back there were 38 positives – 31 players and seven staffers.
But that was only the beginning. Now, at least four teams have postponed camp because they can’t get their test results. Both of last year’s World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, cancelled workouts because the players’ coronavirus test results had not been returned. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland A’s are also dealing with testing delays. Some teams said their sample collectors didn’t even show up to conduct the screening.
It’s not just baseball dealing with this problem. News reports from across the country show longer wait times. In North Carolina, LabCorp results are taking double the amount of time due to increased demand. In Arizona people are waiting for almost a month to get their results.
For baseball, the delays threaten the season. For the community at large, the delays could make it impossible for states to flatten the curve.