Masks must be provided by employers, and must be mandatory for employees to wear.
No mask policy – list of shame.
These employers should immediately allow employees to wear masks.
- Office Depot
- Burger King
- Dominos has been reported to have masks only on a franchise-by-franchise basis, with some franchises reportedly making pizzas without masks and gloves in mid April.
- UPS reportedly has no policy providing any sort of PPE.
- Racetrac gas stations in the South reportedly do not allow masks, according to a Redditor.
Claims to require employees to wear masks.
- Target (“strongly encourages” employees to wear them)
- Amazon’s Whole Foods
- Wal-Mart claims to be requiring face masks as of April 18th. However they still need to increase their hazard pay for their employees. Wal-Mart has a history of bad employee relations and poor pay.
- Kroger now requiring masks.
- Chick-Fil-A reportedly has cow themed face masks for their employees as of April 10th.
- Panera Bread employees reportedly are given a new mask every day from their managers. This is important because the virus can reportedly live on the outside of masks for up to 7 days.
- Publix, a grocery store chain in the South, made masks mandatory in mid-April.
- Starbucks required all its employees to wear a face covering at work as of early April 2020.
- AutoNation, a nationwide automobile superstore chain, reportedly requires employees wear masks and also helps collect donations of them using their delivery vehicles.
- Ecolab in Minnesota reportedly provides masks and increased employee pay.
- ADP (Automatic Data processing) it’s been reported that those who aren’t working from home get masks (people running printers, etc).
- Best Buy reportedly provides fresh masks and gloves daily.
- Verizon reportedly has sent packages of masks and gloves to employees.
- MGM hotels reportedly require masks for employees and vendors on property, even though the hotels are closed to the public.
- Abbott Laboratories, a medical devices company, reportedly provides employees masks every day.
- The USPS is reportedly providing masks, gloves, and alcohol gel and wipes, though some employees may reportedly be choosing not to use them.
- Costco reports they provide masks and screenings for employees.
- Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain in the Midwest, requires employees to wear masks as of late April.
- Aldi stores reportedly provide masks and insist employees wear them.
Claims to offer masks to employees.
Must make it mandatory!
- McDonalds (claims to be working to secure a supply)
- Amazon’s Warehouses
- WalGreens reportedly provides masks, but it’s unclear if they’re required. Others have reported that masks were still forbidden in mid-April.
- Kohl’s reportedly encourages masks, but reportedly requires employees to bring their own.
- Martins, a grocery store chain, reportedly may have only provided employees with one mask and told them to re-use them for a week.
Unknown mask policy.
- Wendys (employees are receiving 10% raises, which is far too low for the risks they are taking)
- Trade Joe’s policies have been inconsistent across stores.
Other mask policies.
All businesses in Pennsylvania are required to require both employees and customers to wear masks.
All residents of Illinois are required to wear masks beginning May 1 in public.
Connecticut is requiring employees to wear masks.
New Jersey requires residents and employees to wear masks in grocery stores.
Some stores are finding it hard to get masks, as the government interferes with shipments.
- Retailers under growing pressure to let workers wear masks – NYTimes
- Should shoppers be required to wear face masks?
- Walmart now limiting number of shoppers in stores.
- 9 companies offering pay raises during the virus. Most are temporary and far too small.
NOTICE TO EMPLOYERSIt may be illegal to not provide masks.
OSHA requirements mandate that businesses take precautions to protect employees against risks, especially when those risks are well understood or obvious and when mitigation is possible. Employers who do not mitigate risks of accidents may be liable if an employee gets sick. We are not lawyers and this is not legal advice.
However, the attorneys of haynesboone provide an article that states:
As discussed in our (sic) article on conducting hazard assessments for workers of essential businesses, if employees are considered “medium risk” for COVID-19 exposure because, for example, they have frequent contact with individuals within six feet, then using a mask could be required. Under OSHA’s guidance for conducting these hazard assessments, wearing a mask could be viewed as a form of administrative control and part of the employer’s obligation to provide a safe workplace.https://www.haynesboone.com/alerts/employers-providing-face-masks-should-review-their-health-and-safety-obligations
The California OSHA Enforcement Branch has guidelines regarding N95 mask requirements that were developed to apply to wildfire exposure.
These requirements are generally:
- If you require masks, you must have a written respiratory protection program that addresses: proper selection of respiratory equipment; employee training; medical evaluation of an employee’s ability to wear a respirator; ensuring proper fit of the respirators; and proper respirator use, storage, and cleaning, as well as other requirements.
- Where respirator use is voluntary, the employer may provide respirators at the workers’ request, or permit workers to use their own respirators. In this situation, employers are not required to have a written respiratory protection program or medically evaluate and fit test workers. However, the employer must ensure that the workers’ use of a respirator will not create a hazard.
- California has also other specific legal requirements found on that page.
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