Cannabis businesses – like mainstream U.S. companies – are extending sick pay provisions in response to the coronavirus pandemic to help ensure employees and customers remain safe and healthy.
The measures could prove costly for marijuana companies in the short term at a time when some are struggling financially, but the hope is that stringent health measures could aid in stemming the rapid increase in coronavirus infections.
U.S. government officials might soon make companies offer mandatory sick pay and family leave for work missed because of the coronavirus.
The U.S. House passed provisions early Saturday as part of a larger coronavirus package, but that bill is awaiting action by the Senate. Republican lawmakers in the Senate are indicating they will resist the sick pay provision.
Here is what some cannabis businesses are currently doing:
- Asking and paying for their employees to stay at home and seek medical attention if they have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Making the effort to more carefully monitor and screen employees in cultivation, processing and dispensary facilities for potential symptoms and requiring them to take more precautions such as wearing gloves and regularly disinfecting surfaces.
- Agreeing to more flexible scheduling to accommodate employee needs and allowing staffers in certain functions to work remotely.
Published: March 17, 2020