Even though most of us have returned to work, our new normal may look significantly different. In order to reopen, many employers need to put new safety procedures in place, like spacing out employees and mandating masks in the workplace.
However, if an employer fails to provide a safe workplace, an employee may report unsafe working conditions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The CDC has provided guidelines for many types of businesses on safe reopening practices.
OSHA will conduct an investigation and may issue a citation for workplaces that put employees at risk. Additionally, OSHA has protections in place to protect employees from retaliation if they blow the whistle on unsafe conditions.
If you feel your workplace is unsafe, or if you want help assessing whether your reopening policies meet safety requirements, contact us for a free, 30-minute consultation with an employment lawyer.