March 17, 2020
Ninety-five large employer members of Business Group on Health responded to this survey, conducted between March 9 and March 13, 2020. The purpose of this survey was to determine how large employers are supporting their employees as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread.
- Those surveyed have quickly planned for the pandemic: 7 in 10 employers have a firm plan in place; another 27% were crafting a pandemic plan when surveyed.
- Employers have implemented policies to ensure that employees are still being paid during the coronavirus outbreak. Most employers have indicated that they offer pay continuation to employees under quarantine.
- Coronavirus has impacted employer operations in and outside of quarantine areas, with more than 9 out of 10 employers implementing some type of travel restrictions. Additionally, most employers have expanded the use of telework where feasible.
- Large employers have implemented a number of other strategies for employees and operations as well, including: converting in-person meetings/events to virtual, sending communications to educate employees and encouraging use of telemedicine.