As our nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, the importance of our critical infrastructure workforce becomes clearer than ever. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring the continuity of functions critical to public health and safety as well as economic and national security.
At Luxor Staffing we are aware of our role as an essential business, strategically poised to address the workforce and critical jobs needs of the states, cities, and communities in which we serve. We recognize that during this period, employers in all industries are facing new challenges when it comes to hiring and managing internal staff. Our research has yielded a number of resources that may be valuable to employers at this time, starting with the cisa.gov webpage “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce”.
The CISA list is advisory in nature; it is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. It identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing operational functions, among other critical jobs. It also includes workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure. The industries they support represent, but are not limited to food and agriculture, telecommunications, information technology systems, medical and healthcare, defense, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a comprehensive manual: “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” which can be accessed online or downloaded in PDF format. The guidance provided is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use the information to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. For a broader range of guidance and information, along with industry-specific guidance, the Center for Disease Control offers the “Resources for Businesses and Employers” website.
For the states in which Luxor Staffing operates, state-specific information can be found at the following links:
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been working with federal, state, and local government officials and agencies to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, March 13, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a disaster relating to the pandemic, and related information can be accessed at TWC’s website, “COVID-19 Resources for Employers”.
- NORTH CAROLINA
On March 27, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM until April 29, 2020. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has provided a website for “COVID-19: Businesses and Employers”.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website includes comprehensive information for individuals and industries as well as links to additional COVID-19 resources and guidelines, along with informative state-specific articles.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry website provides the state’s most comprehensive online collection of resources and links regarding COVID-19. The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development website also offers helpful links, including information on SBA disaster loans available to small businesses.
The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment’s (CDLE) Division of Unemployment Insurance offers a Work-Share Program as an alternative to laying off your employees. This information, along with many other valuable COVID-19 resources for both employees and employers can be accessed via the CDLE website.
With 17 offices nationwide and over 100 highly experienced staff members, we at Luxor Staffing are aware of the staffing challenges employers face at this time, and we’re here to help. We serve a number of growing and vital industries, and we stand ready to help fill critical jobs in warehousing and distribution, manufacturing, machine operation, food processing, electronics, and more. Like you, we look forward to a time when our nation’s economy comes roaring back at full-force, and we are committed to doing our part to help our small businesses, large corporations, vital industries, and communities get back to growing and thriving in safe and healthy environments.
Don’t hesitate to call us today if we can answer any questions or provide further information.
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