BioNJ Combating COVID-19 Toolbox

The Coronavirus is a serious global public health threat with information rapidly evolving. We are proud of our Members who are working hard to bring forward potential Covid-19 solutions to prevent, diagnose and treat this deadly infectious disease. BioNJ Member Companies, as employers, are also rushing to develop policies in response to employee concerns and safety needs. In support, BioNJ is working diligently to gather valuable tools and information for our Members to use as resources and guidelines.

We asked our Members what policies/communications they are putting in place. Below is what they shared. We invite our Member companies to send additional resources and tools to Thank you. 
Click on each to view the results.

Suggestions to maintaining a safe workplace:

    • Allowing sick employees to work from home or take a leave as appropriate. (89%)
    • Minimizing unnecessary travel. (87%)
    • Educate employees on the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus, as well as the precautions to take. (74%)
    • Minimizing unnecessary meetings and visitors. (74%)
    • Establishing first-line points of contact within the HR team responsible for managing employee questions or concerns. (38%)
    • Implementing and/or evaluating workplace emergency response protocols. (35%)
    • Training supervisors about strategies to address overreaction from employees and conflict in the workplace. (13%)
    • Other:
      -Asking all employees to work from home. (Our survey shows the number of companies initiating this policy is on the rise.)
      -Doing mock drills to ensure company does not have disruption should employees need to work from home.
      -Creating internal COVID-19 Task Force.
      -Establishing a hotline for employees to call with questions.
      -Providing employees with access to hand sanitizers as well as sanitizing common touch points within the office, such as copy machines, coffee makers, door handles, etc.

How organizations are handling travel concerns:

  • Providing other meeting options, such as video conferencing, to avoid travel. (78%)
  • Monitoring and sharing travel advisories and warning with employees. (72%)
  • Suspending all travel to affected areas. (67%)
  • Asking employees who have recently returned from affected regions to work from home. (50%)
  • Implementing guidelines for travel to affected regions. (48%)
    • Click here for a sample Company Policy Memo developed by a BioNJ Member Company and issued to its’ global staff.
  • Contingency planning for operations and supply-chain disruption that may occur due to travel restrictions in affected areas. (35%)
  • Developing a policy to address employees who refuse to work with co-workers returning from travel in affected regions to avoid anti-harassment/discrimination. (8%)
  • Other:
    – No U.S. travel to states that have declared a state of emergency.
    -Asking employees not to attend meetings of 20 or more individuals.
    -Allowing employees who have pre-existing medical conditions, childcare needs or other concerns related to COVID-19 to work from home.

What an organization’s communicable illness policy and response plan include:

Click here to download a copy of the World Health Organization’s guide to developing a
“Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for the New Coronavirus

  • Defining when an ill employee must stay home, when an ill employee will be sent home and when and in what circumstances the employee may return to work. (87%)
  • When an employer may require an ill employee – or those who have been exposed – to be quarantined. (63%)
  • Whether the employer will pay employees for the time spent in quarantine as well as an outline of benefits available to employees. (58%)
  • What illnesses or exposure to illness an employee must disclose to the employer, and when and how such disclosure should be made. (52%)
  • Other: Allowing employees who have pre-existing medical conditions, childcare needs or other concerns related to COVID-19 to work from home.

Do you anticipate the Coronavirus affecting operations currently or in the future?

  • Yes (22%)
  • N0 (79%)

Please click on each drop down for a comprehensive list of tools, articles and resources in each of these categories.

New Measures Set in Place by Governor Murphy:

  • NJ A3095 (20R) provides county clerks an extra week to mail ballots for the 2020 primary election.
  • NJ 3840 (20R) requires schools to provide school meals and meal vouchers to students entitled to free and reduced lunches for as long as facilities are closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • NJ A3843 (20R) directs the State’s Medicaid program and health benefit plans to cover Coronavirus testing. The Governor took similar action last week, advising plans to cover Coronavirus testing as well as emergency room, urgent care and office visits. The guidance applies to any health plan available through the state’s individual, small and large group marketplaces.
  • NJ A3845 (20R) allows the Economic Development Authority to extend grants to small businesses impacted by the virus.
  • NJ A3848 (20R) would prohibit employers from firing workers who need to take time off because of the Coronavirus.
  • NJ A3849 (20R) grants some flexibility for custodians under the State’s open records law, extending the time frame by which they have to respond to requests during a state of emergency, public health emergency or State of local disaster emergency.
  • NJ A3850 (20R) allows public bodies to conduct business remotely, or using electronic means, during a period of emergency.
  • NJ A3851 (20R) would extend the deadline by which local and county governments have to adopt their budgets during periods when New Jersey is in a state of emergency or public health emergency.
  • NJ A3854 (20R) would allow licensed health care facilities to collect swabs during the period covered by Murphy’s public health state of emergency and grants Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli the ability to waive any staffing requirements for those facilities during that period.
  • NJ A3855 (20R) would require the State’s departments and agencies to put information about accessing food on public notifications relating to public health emergencies.
  • NJ A3861 (20R) would allow corporations to hold shareholders’ meetings remotely, rather than in person, during a state of emergency.
  • NJ A3865 (20R) would allow grocery stores to limit returns of goods purchased during the current public health state of emergency.
  • NJ AJR158 (20R) urges the FCC to take temporary measures to secure broadband access for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Executive Order (EO) Number 107 provides that “all New Jersey residents shall remain home or at their place of residence,” with certain specified exceptions. With regard to life sciences companies, EO 107 provides an exception for any business with “employees that cannot perform their functions via telework or work-from-home arrangements” provided that the business makes “best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.”  It also provides examples of such employees who cannot work remotely, including “lab technicians.” Click here for details.

Biopharma COVID-19 Initiatives:

Business Tools:

Click here for a recorded webinar featuring NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan and EVP Kathleen Coviello answering questions on NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.
Webinar Recording: COVID 19: CARES Act, SBA Loans & Payroll Relief Programs
Small Business Owners: CARES Act FAQ
A Business Owner’s Dashboard for Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis for guidance and direction on what you can do to support your business through this challenging time
NJEDA Announces Application Launch Date for Grants for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Guide
Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act
NJEDA Announces Agencies Selected to Offer Technical Assistance to COVID-19 Impacted Small Businesses Applying for SBA Funding
Senate Passes PHASE III of COVID-19 Economic Stimulus
Understanding a key provision in the CARES coronavirus relief act: The Paycheck Protection Program
New Jersey Economic Development Authority “Eligibility Wizard” providing information on which emergency assistance programs.
CARES coronavirus relief act: What you and your business need to know
Safeguarding Our Lives and Our Livelihoods: The Imperative of Our Time” by McKinsey & Company
Senate Passes PHASE III of COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package
Serving Science in the Battle Against COVID-19 by Thermo Fisher Scientific
CMS Approves Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States in Response to COVID-19
A Guide to COVID-19 Restrictions Imposed on Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet – Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Financial Assistance for Employees, Business Impacted by COVID-19
BioCentury Coronavirus Analysis
White House, Senate Reach Deal on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
CARES Act Delivers Five-Year NOL Carryback to Aid Corporations
IRS Provides More Clarity on Extended Filing and Payment Deadlines
Cybersecurity Awareness During a Crisis
Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding
Click here for guidance on SBA loans. Click here to apply for an SBA loan.
Click here for National Institute on Aging Funding Opportunities
Novel Coronavirus Impact and Risk Response Guide 
Coronavirus: Biopharma Business & Investment Impact Survey Report
COVID-19 Legislative Roundup: Looking at Top Bills Impacting Business
Congress Passes COVID-19-Related Tax Relief
Congress Passes Expansive Coronavirus Package, Including Paid Leave
President Signs the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” Into Law 
5 Considerations to Help Prepare for a Potential Business Interruption and Extra Expense Claim
Navigating COVID-19 Issues: On-Demand Webinar
What do Employers have to Know About Employee Leave, Income Rights Tied to Coronavirus?
Bill and Melinda Gates Fund Study into Finding Coronavirus Cure
COVID-19 Employment FAQs
Baker Tilly Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Center
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney COVID-19 Resource Hub
Conner Strong Buckelew COVID-19 Resource Center
DLA Piper COVID-19 Resource Center
DocVilla – Free Portal with Answers Regarding Coronavirus
Faegre Drinker’s Coronavirus Resource Center
Friedman LLP COVID-19 Resource Center
Korn Ferry COVID-19 Resource Center
Morgan Lewis COVID-19 Resource Center
Pepper Hamilton LLP/Troutman Sanders LLP COVID-19 Resource Center
Quality Institute Guide to Telehealth in New Jersey
RSM’s Coronavirus Resource Center for Business
SHRM Coronavirus Resources for HR Professionals 
SICPA – Fighting Counterfeit Medical Supplies During COVID-19
Withum’s COVID-19 Resource Center

Quick links:

►  New Jersey Coronavirus hotline 800-222-1222
►  Online State Portal for Worker Left Unemployed Due to the Coronavirus
►  New Jersey Residents with Questions or Concerns about COVID-19 and Resources Available Can Call 2-1-1 or Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to Receive Text Information and Stay Informed.
►  The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund for Donations
To Donate Personal Protection Equipment, Email

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