Worker’s safety will be a priority as South Florida begins to reopen.
Each field will have to overcome their specific set of challenges, however, employers should share the same goal: preventing the coronavirus from spreading at their place of business. Doing so won’t be easy — the Department of Labor only issued a
list of recommendations — but analyzing past legislation can help employees better understand their rights.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which laid out acceptable working conditions, has a “general duty clause” that outlines an employer’s basic requirements, says Coral Gables-based employment and labor attorney Diane P. Perez.
“You got to keep employees healthy, safe and alive,” Perez explained with a chuckle.
This could mean a variety of things but may include frequently sanitizing surfaces, enforcing social distancing and the mandatory wearing of masks, according to the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 guidelines. Remember, facial coverings