St. Clair County, MI — Business owners have had to adjust and readjust their practices since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Executive Orders from Governor Whitmer require employers to provide safeguards for their workers to mitigate the spread of the virus in workplaces.
One of the requirements businesses must implement if they ask their employees to report to work is a daily health screening questionnaire. The information must be stored for later reference because the record offers proof that employees were’t sick which could provide a legal defense in a potential lawsuit from a customer or employee.
Daniel Squires, President of Vincent’s Heating & Plumbing, said, “Until Congress provides liability release for COVID related lawsuits, every entity is at risk of being sued by customers or employees.”
He also noted that the daily record keeping “ puts a real burden on all Michigan businesses. Not only do we have to deal with daily screening and record keeping, but also potentially thorny privacy questions. Unfortunately, it’s what we have to do to stay open.”
Squires is addressing these problems with a new app created by Online Access, a locally based internet marketing and development company run by his brother David Squires. The app, called CertiClear, is an online service that simplifies COVID compliance and bolsters employee privacy.
Vincent’s Heating & Plumbing has partnered with Online Access to provide the service to St. Clair County businesses at half-price: only $1 per employee per month plus a $25 sign-up fee.
Daniel Squires explains, “David and I are lifelong residents of the community, and we want to give-back. It is critical that we get our local economy going again as soon and as safe as possible. Vincent’s Heating & Plumbing is sponsoring CertiClear to help local businesses and organizations overcome the hurdles of COVID compliance in a cost-effective way.”
More information about CertiClear is available at CertiClear.net
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand