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COVID-19 Guidelines: Employers and Employees
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COVID-19 Guidelines: Employers and Employees

| Jun 12, 2020 | Blog, Employment Discrimination |

The coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic has changed the workplace for millions of people throughout the United States. For that reason, here at Watkins & Letofsky, we want to ensure that both employers and employees know their employment rights. We have prepared a set of recommendations and what to look out for as you return to work and reopen your business.

Modify worksites and workplaces

Depending on your business location and nature of work, it is important to establish a worksite plan that outlines applicable laws and regulations from federal, state, and local health authorities. Be prepared to take extra measures should an employee contact coronavirus and to also accommodate those who are at high-risk. This Covid-19 prevention plan should be regularly evaluated to ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace and the public.

Other suggestions to consider:

  • Review safety requirements that include: daily cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, and encouraging members of the organization to wear face coverings.
  • Provide a grace period or create a deadline for when rehires can return to work.
  • Maintain open communication and adjust when necessary.

Telecommuting/teleworking

Working parents and their employers have faced a new set of challenges that are difficult to navigate during this pandemic. It is important for employers to address the needs of employees who are unable to return to their workplace if they chose to remain home with their children or for other concerns related to Covid-19. Supplemental assistance through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Expanded FMLA may be available for certain employees.)

Other suggestions to consider:

  • Consider allowing employees to telecommute when possible, especially those who are high risk.
  • Create new and clear policies for employees who can telework.
  • Monitor and document time, meals, and daily tasks to ensure records are maintained to avoid claims.

Looking Ahead

We understand these times are challenging for everyone, you may encounter additional questions as we move to return to normal. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office to speak with an attorney if you need advice or have any concerns about your workplace. Most importantly, stay safe!