Health and Safety Checklist for Returning to Work
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to reopen during Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. Also see: Workplace Rules for Essential Employers. As of June 17, certain businesses have been allowed to reopen for Phase 2.
Below is a checklist of health and safety guidelines for all Phase 1 businesses, along with guidelines based on industry.
If your employer is not following these standards, record which guidelines your employer is not following and make a report to the 2-1-1 hotline or your local health department. Keep a record of these notes so that you can document these health and safety hazards and present as evidence for unemployment purposes if need be.
Note: People who can work from home should continue to do so, and anyone over age 65 or with chronic health conditions should continue to shelter in place. If you are worried about returning to work because of health reasons, see:
- Questions and Answers about Unemployment during COVID-19
- Checklist for Returning to Work during COVID-19
- Understanding Sick Leave and Family & Medical Leave during COVID-19
Before quitting because your employer is not following the health and safety guidelines, see if other co-workers share your concern. Together, you can request (preferably in writing) that your employer fix any issues and keep your workplace safe. You should keep copies of any written communications with your employer for evidence. If you act together as a group to raise these issues to your employer, you have greater legal protections against retaliation.