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COVID-19 Essential Employee Authorization – Travel



COVID-19 Essential Employee Authorization – Travel

As cities, states and the federal government take increasingly aggressive moves to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, a shelter-in-place order and its many exceptions for “essential” activities are becoming familiar to millions of Americans across the country.

Payroll Medics is supporting our clients offering a “COVID-19 Essential Employee Authorization” template. This is for employers who want to provide documentation for team members to travel to and from work.

Because rules and requirements will vary in different localities, you’ll need to understand the specific information required by your jurisdiction and use that to customize the letter. The language in the template can help you type up your own authorization letters, incorporating the specific language required in your state or jurisdiction.

The purpose of a shelter-in-place order is to enforce social distancing, or to keep people away from each other to limit the spread of the virus.

The shelter-in-place order generally does not apply to those going to work in an essential business which typically includes:

  • Health care operations, including home health workers.
  • Essential Infrastructure, including construction of housing and operation of public transportation and utilities.
  • Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores.
  • Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities.
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities.
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities.
  • Banks.
  • Garbage collection.
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses.
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning.
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers.
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work.

Roles required for any essential business to “maintain basic operations,” which include security, payroll and similar activities.

Payroll Medics continues working to gather, interpret, and share breaking information about COVID-19 and create resources to help business owners and employees. We are all in this together and we are here for you.

To request your “COVID-19 Essential Employee Authorization” template, please contact your client service representative or you may also contact us here.

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