Meat processing and packing facilities around the United States have emerged as hotspots for COVID-19. While handling and processing meat and poultry does not expose workers to coronavirus, close contact with coworkers and supervisors may contribute to their potential exposures. A number of facilities have had to temporarily close down operations due to outbreaks of
Raymond “Ray” Perez is Of Counsel in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Perez practices in all areas of labor and employment law with a focus on FLSA/Wage-Hour laws, employment discrimination, immigration matters, unemployment compensation, occupational safety and health (OSHA), affirmative action programs and policies (OFCCP), employment policies and handbooks, personnel and Form I-9 audits, contract issues, federal contractor provisions and responsibilities, litigation in all forums and litigation avoidance and defense management.
While attending law school, Mr. Perez clerked for Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr. in the Superior Court of Fulton County.
On April 16, 2020, OSHA issued an Enforcement Memorandum directed to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees giving them Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. Under the Memo, OSHA acknowledges that some “employers may face difficulties complying with OSHA standards due to the…
In light of the ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19, OSHA issued an alert identifying various voluntary safety measures that employers can take to keep package delivery workers safe from exposure to coronavirus. OSHA’s safety tips included:
- Establishing flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts) where feasible;
- Minimizing interaction between drivers and customers by leaving deliveries