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Making the workplace safe for people who are blind

One third of our nonprofit's workforce is legally blind. People who are blind are used to using physical contact for human guide, touch when reading braille or using keyboards or smart phones. When teaching mobility to other blind persons the instructor is usually very close to the blind student. To reopen safely we are implementing a more frequent cleaning protocol, giving all staff the appropriate cleaning supplies... more »

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Treatment of Vulnerable Employees

We need to make sure that vulnerable employees are treated fairly as business re-open for business. Vulnerable employees are as critical to the workforce and economy. I can sense possible discrimination where employers take a position that vulnerable employees are disposable versus younger healthy individuals. We already have discrimination and now COVID-19 can provide an additional stigma.

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Working in today's new normal

I believe more emphasis and considerations need to be placed on vulnerable populations with reference to daily living and returning to the workplace. A few idea's I have thought about which would give value to serving these individuals are:

1. Consider using technology more. For example: Over the past couple months we all have been living life in the "stay at home" mode to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Why not--learn... more »

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Balancing Act

Most employers are concerned about bringing workers back while ensuring safety. What assurances do employers have against employee liability if they ask for employees to identify if they are a member of a vulnerable population and therefore they are not permitted to return to work with other workers. We have to be cautious of discrimination, yet we have to protect those that are most vulnerable. The DOL needs to provide... more »

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Additional requirements

In the absence of universal testing availability, employers should work with state and territorial health departments responsible for testing decisions to stratify patient access to Covid-19 testing based on susceptibility to severe infection (as with the kidney patient community)

Employers should work with emergency management agencies to ensure that supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by government... more »

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Insert an Equity Analysis to Future Policy Decisions

Communities of color have been disproportionately affected by both the disease caused by coronavirus as well as the effects of the economic downturn. It is crucial that policymakers pay careful attention to these impacts to ensure that any policy solutions aim to minimize these disparities and guarantee that future waves of the virus do not exacerbate these trends. We can already point to policy responses to COVID-19... more »

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Protect Workers from Retaliation

Presently, essential workers face daily risks by working alongside colleagues and customers who may be carriers of the coronavirus. These risks will only magnify as we move toward re-opening workplaces and send people back to work. These risks do not only impact workers themselves, but also their families and the public health of our communities. In the absence of clear federal enforcement and guidance on worker safety... more »

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Essential Worker Used Up All Leave to Care for Spouse

I am extremely immune compromised and my husband had to use all of his sick, personal and vacation time while NY state wasn't open. He works as a mechanic at a school district and was listed as essential!!!! What happens when he goes back to work? What if I get sick? I have two kids? How is this going to work? Can't he take more time through the state to make sure I stay healthy????

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Re-opening ANY business TOO soon...

It will become clear to EVERYONE exactly what will happen if they re-open businesses TOO SOON! I feel that we maybe re-opening these businesses way to soon. I think that we need to get it out of our heads that the important thing is the 'gross national product' or whatever, and start focusing on keeping the people we have ALIVE. Just a thought.

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People with disabilities are at High risk

The pandemic makes going out into the community or to work very dangerous for most people with disabilities and older adults. Many of us have fragile health and compromised immune systems, so going out will make us very sick or kill us. Since we don't yet know who is sick or who is an asymptomatic carrier, everything we try to do is a life-threatening risk. Until we have widespread testing and the spread of the virus... more »

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Educational Materials

Need government to provide educational materials and practice specific life style changes needed during the Covid19 Pandemic. Reliance on news, changing medical inferences, etc. is too hard because it's a moving target. PSA (public service announcements), workplace training (DOL, OSHA, HHS, VA, Military), Medicare, HUD, Transportation, etc all need consistent requirement minimums - specific for Covid19 Pandemic life style... more »

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Sick leave rapid testing

Many people choose to work because they cannot afford to take sick days.. it is sad but true. Many people choose to work when sick and save sick days for personal days. This is not an easily resolved problem..Perhaps we need to look closer at ways to ensure workers are not I'll. Temperature is not the answer. Rapid testing should be done at all care homes.

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