CDC Workforce Updates

Item Date Updated
Clinical Questions about COVID-19: Questions and Answers 6/4
Training for Healthcare Professionals: Topics cover clinical care and infection control, PPE, nonpharmaceutical interventions, and emergency preparedness and response 4/12
Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages: Discusses contingency and crisis capacity strategies for consideration 4/30
Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 5/2
Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic 7/15

NYS DOH Workforce Updates

Item Date Updated
Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers and Facilities 1/17
Interim Guidance on Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak 4/14
Guidance on Use of COVID-19 Sick Leave for Health Care Employers: DOL and DOH joint guidance on the use of New York State paid COVID-19 sick leave for health care employers. The law provides 14 days of paid leave for individuals under a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 exposure or infection. The joint guidance is intended to harmonize DOH guidance on returning health care employees to the workforce following COVID-19 infection or exposure with DOL guidance on the New York State paid sick leave law, which unlike similar legislation at the Federal level does not include an exception for health care workers. The joint guidance discusses the conditions under which health care employers may mandate employees to return to work after fewer than 14 days. 5/17

NJ Workforce Updates

NYC DOHMH Workforce Updates

EEOC Guidance

On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance titled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws” regarding employment laws during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The guidance signaled that certain workplace practices related to the COVID-19 emergency such as pre-employment screening and requiring fitness for duty physician’s notes were acceptable.

Matilda’s Law

Several members have raised questions about the impact of “Matilda’s Law” on their staffing plans. Matilda’s Law is not codified in any of Governor Cuomo’s executive orders, nor is it legislation. GNYHA received informal guidance today from the Governor’s office that “Matilda’s Law” is to be taken as “guidance/best practice.”

Emergency Childcare for Essential Health Care Workers

To address the critical need for childcare for the children of essential health care workers, HANYS, GNYHA, and 1199SEIU are coordinating with State and local authorities to identify emergency childcare options for essential healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This memo identifies options for facilities wishing to offer emergency childcare as well as information about NYC Department of Education’s Regional Enrichment Centers.

Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge

The Joint Cybersecurity Working Group (JCWG) of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) developed a checklist designed as a quick reference for health care enterprise management to consider important factors in a teleworking strategy. The document addresses COVID-19’s strain on the public telecommunications infrastructure.

ASPR TRACIE Onboarding Tool

ASPR TRACIE shared this onboarding checklist to assist health care facilities with onboarding new employees. Health care facilities face significant challenges with quickly onboarding additional health care providers when hospital admissions and intensive care unit occupancy increase rapidly. This tool can ensure new employees are compliant with administrative requirements, familiar with the hospital’s mission and culture, and understand expectations.