As federal and state safety and health guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic call for extensive use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace, employers should give their policies on “donning and doffing” a fresh look. Pandemic-related reopening orders issued by state and local governments may include requirements that will require employers to modify their current policies.
“Claims for compensation for time associated with donning and doffing often are brought on a classwide basis,” notes Jackson Lewis attorney Justin Barnes. He takes a look at the relevant issues and the steps employers can take to mitigate the risk of claims. Read his recommendations here.