Accommodating Members of Vulnerable Populations

Accommodating Members of Vulnerable Populations

Please share your ideas about what employers and workers can do to accommodate members of vulnerable populations.
(@junecat)

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Accommodating the immunocompromised

The country needs to be careful not to create a socioeconomically disadvantaged class of immunocompromised persons. In general, pre-COVID, such persons were well integrated into the American workforce. Until a vaccine is widely distributed, those most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 will need to be protected in the workplace or given paid time off until those accommodations are in place or employers won't be motivated... more »

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(@shycpat3148)

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Valued PPE and valued wages

I worry about workers with disabilities who are working in crews or sheltered workshops. We need to make sure that while.many our making vital PpE, they are provided PPE themslves. ALL PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES NEED TOBE MAKING COMPETITIVE WAGES IN INTEGRATED JOBS. FOR ALL WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES, WE NEED TO WORK WITH OUR BENEFIT PLANNING SYSTEMS OF MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS.

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(@joniorgan)

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COVID-19, Pandemic or Social Darwinism

As Americans return to work many will have suffered greatly during the quarantine. Homes and businesses were lost, relationships strained, physical ailments and mental health disorders left untreated. The liquor stores remained open as were the drug dealers. Self medication was more available than professional care. America was divided before the pandemic, and we have never felt more isolated. Along with the decline in... more »

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(@rgreen)

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Rebound infections, liability to others

Among the concerns on reopening are that the virus will rebound (which appears to be happening in TX and GA) and that employers and businesses will face criminal repercussions of failing to protect at risk persons. Also concerning is whether businesses and employers have a duty to enforce social distancing or to enforce or provide masks to persons who do not comply... What is the best guidance on these issues? Thank you.... more »

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(@victoriaholic)

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Quarantine workers who have fever/low oxygen level/test positive for virus in hotel if they are not live alones.

Many workers have housemates, husbands, wives, domestic partners, and dependents who have less health insurance than an infected worker does. Don't send sick or potentially sick workers home to shelter in place with (and infect) family, friends, etc.. Instead, quarantine infected or potentially infected workers in hotels. DO NOT let them leave until the quarantine is over - or tests reveal that they aren't sick. Didn't... more »

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(@astephens)

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Considerations for People with Disabilities

1) If businesses are proving PPE for employees with a disability and the employee has a Direct Support Professional (DSP) who supports them at work as an accommodation, that the DSP be provided the same PPE by the employer.

2) If PPE is required, that the PPE be modified if related to the person's disability (i.e. – latex allergies, gowns for people who use wheelchairs, facemasks where lips can be seen for people who... more »

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(@cff)

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Expanding Paid Family Medical Leave for Vulnerable Populations

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Department of Labor's online dialogue, "Opening America's Workplaces Again" and share the perspective of the cystic fibrosis (CF) community as we look toward reopening our workplaces and economy. It is important for us to remember that there are many Americans who are vulnerable, or care for someone who is vulnerable to COVID-19. We ask the Department of... more »

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(@judyrose76)

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Transplant patients

For America to open up there are many vaiablers that affect transplant patients. My husband received a kidney transplant in 2016 and must be on immuno suppresant medication for his entire life Without these medications he will loose his transplant He is more like to get sick because his medication suppresses his immune system The medication saves his kidney but make him more vulnerable to infections. The workplace must... more »

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(@jay9509)

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Transplant Recipient

As a kidney transplant recipient of 3 months, this idea is of utmost importance. Many people complain about wearing masks, but ALL must be educated that wearing masks is MANDATORY to protect persons like me and indeed the entire population. It cannot be optional! Many jobs require PPE in order to perform certain tasks; e.g. safety glasses, hard hats, heat protective gloves, etc.

In the absence of universal testing availability,... more »

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(@geshahee)

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Supporting jobseekers and employees with disabilities

As the nation's economy contracts due to Covid, the increasing number of layoffs we are experiencing will be accompanied by major restructuring of work environments to accommodate public health concerns, including the potential for long-term workforce downsizing particularly in retail and service sectors. Employed persons with disabilities often occupy these types of jobs that are usually entry-level and unskilled and... more »

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(@joycem)

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Please don't assume who is vulnerable

Accommodating vulnerable populations is very broad. Over 70% of disabilities are not visible. Vulnerable populations extend to mental health as well as physical health and also to caretakers. Many in these categories are likely to be reluctant to reveal the need for an accommodation for fear of outright discrimination and also for fear of well-meaning, but still discriminatory, different treatment. It is important that... more »

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(@learntoreadnowcom)

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Early Opening

Clean well. Assure there are no infected workers. Assure that all are wearing masks. Then provide the first hour of your business' opening for accommodation of members of vulnerable populations. Assure that no one is infected. Assure that all are wearing masks. Assure that all follow the 6 feet distancing rule.

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(@valley.2)

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Head of Household

I am a former Head and Neck Cancer patient, I have lung problems and am at high risk for pneumonia as well, I suffer from Hypertension, and High Blood Pressure among other things. I have a 15 year old son that has asthma also. My issue is my 20 year old son. Currently he is getting unemployment payments, But until a vaccine is made available, what do you intend to do to protect myself, and my 15 year old? My 20 year old... more »

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(@dmacgilvary)

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Support and Create More Mobile Services

If there was a way to better support and creation of more mobile services, i.e., salon services, vet services, medical/physical therapy home visits, etc. would help to minimize groups of people. This would also give more control to sanitizing things, as the person would be in his/her own home. The "visitor" would only need to be the one focused on wearing a mask, gloves, etc. With today's technology there is really no... more »

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