As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President asked Essential Workers to maintain their normal work schedule.
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of
Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.” -President Donald Trump
The request was not meant to be authoritative. The administration recognizes that ultimately, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments are in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role.
This list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continue critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.
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Melissa Marsh, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a human resources consultant and founder of HRinDemand, a human resources company in Reno, NV, offering expert guidance and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses with employment regulations, compliance, employee relations, and company growth.