COVID-19 and Our Commitment to You

At HR Answers, we believe in the power of relationships, and we have for 35 years. This is true now more than ever! Our clients are extremely important to us! Being a resource for you as you grapple with the impact of Coronavirus is also very important to us. We believe we can be helpful to you in a variety of ways outlined below.

How will this impact your support experience? It shouldn’t at all. The only request we have is that of a little patience and grace. We are averaging a call or email inquiry every 8 minutes. Our team remains available to assist you while working from their home or at our office in Tigard.

Please continue to use the same means to contact us – We have updated our Contact Us page to help you. With regard to COVID-19, we will continue to provide updates as our governing parties and medical professionals provide us more information and/or guidance.

Our projects and day-to-day work are continuing as normal.  We will maintain our usual high-touch service with regular communication with our clients and partners.  For any meetings that do not require a physical presence, we will look to shift most of those meetings online or over the phone.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as government officials instruct. We have additional contingency plans should further measures become necessary. We are confident in our ability to continue to deliver services to our clients.

Again, THANK YOU. If you do have questions, comments, or concerns please let us know.

Consulting Services

HR Answers, Inc. recognizes organizations are in need of increased assistance during this time. COVID-19 has taken our nation by storm, and we are here to help you navigate the requirements. We understand being able to find accurate and up-to-date information can be difficult. HR Answers, as you might imagine, has been inundated with questions around leaves, employment, safety, plans of action, etc. You can sign up for 3-months of our Advantage Plan Hotline to receive unlimited access to our consultants via phone and email. Visit our Advantage Plan page for more information.



COVID-OSHA New Rules – 12/3 at 9:00am


Alerts provide info about changes to this page including new guidance or direction.

Alert: Oregon OSHA Provides a Grace Period for Recent Requirements

Alert: Washington – New Safe Start Restrictions Effective 11/16 at Midnight

Alert: COVID-19: Oregon Two-Week Freeze

Alert: COVID-19: Oregon OSHA – NEW Rules – Multiple Compliance Deadlines This Year

Alert: COVID-19: Face Coverings Recommendations, Guidelines, or Requirements 06/23/2020

Alert: COVID-19: How Can We Help? 03/26/2020

Alert: COVID-19: Department of Labor Guidance / How are you? 03/27/2020

Alert: COVID-19: Presumptive Positive or Positive Test; What Now? 03/30/2020

Alert: FFCRA Quick Reference Sheets 04/10/2020


Resource Materials

Resource guides are documents focused on specific Human Resource topics.  They contain information about considerations to be made by an organization, legal requirements, processes and sample forms.

Reduction in Staff

Furlough Layoff RIF Resource Guide 2020

Sample Layoff Letter COVID-19

Sample Furlough Letter COVID-19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Sample Employee Notice of presumptive exposure or positive test COVID-19

Sample Request for Emergency Paid Leave

Slide-deck: Furlough, Layoff, Reduction in Force, FFCRA New Federal Legislation (Updated with DOL Guidance)

FFCRA Employee Notice and Leave Documentation

FFCRA Employee Return Rights

FFCRA Exemptions and Exclusions – Updated

Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Temporary Rules

More information from HR Answers


Useful Links

Federal Guidance and Posters

Department of Labor (MUST READ)

Temporary Rules – Paid Leaves under Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)


Center for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Prevent Getting Sick

Daily Life & Coping

Reopening Guidance (NEW 04/30/2020)

Cloth Face Coverings (NEW 04/30/2020)

Cloth Face Coverings Q & A (NEW 04/30/2020)

Top 10 Tips to Protect Employees’ (NEW 04/30/2020)


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


Governor Office Direction and Information

Oregon – Governor Kate Brown’s Office

Washington – Governor Jay Inslee’s Office

California – Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office


Protected Paid and Unpaid Leaves

Oregon – Sick Leave and Oregon Family Medical Leave

Washington – Paid and Family Medical Leave

California – Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave


State Unemployment Links

Oregon Unemployment Insurance Information

Washington Unemployment Insurance Information

California Unemployment Insurance Information


State Health Administration Links

Oregon Health Authority Information

Washington Health Department Information

California Health Department Information


Work Share Program Links

Oregon Work Share Program

Washington Work Share Program

California Work Share Program


State Insurance Regulation Links

Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services

Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner

California Department of Insurance


State Occupational Safety and Health Links

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health

Washington Labor and Industries

California Department of Industrial Relations