Strategies for a Safe Return to Work: Key Considerations for Protecting Your People and Your Business

With many states reopening, and New York starting a phased “unpausing,” businesses of all sizes are faced with the challenge of adapting to the “new normal” of a resumed workplace. At the center of this challenge is the myriad of legal issues operating a workplace presents in light of the continued threat of COVID-19, both to your employees and to your business.  

However, there are steps to take to limit potential exposure in these uncertain times. Ward Greenberg can provide expertise in navigating the “new normal” to minimize the risk of COVID-19-related liability to its clients. Issues to consider now include:

  • Compliance with CDC, State, and Local Government Guidance Regarding COVID-19 and the Workplace
  • Compliance with OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Directives, General Duty Clause, and OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
  • Appropriate Employee Health Monitoring/COVID-19 Testing in Compliance with EEOC Guidelines
  • Navigating “Employee Hesitancy” to Return to Work
  • Employee Alternative Work Schedules/Employee-Distancing in the Workplace
  • Developing an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan
  • Implications of an Expanded Virtual Workplace and Related Privacy Concerns
  • Furloughs, Layoffs, and WARN Act Obligation
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act Benefits (EFMLA and EPSL), State Law Sick/Family Leave Policies, and Impact on Current Employer Policies
  • ADA, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Retaliation Compliance for At-Risk or COVID-19 Diagnosed Employee
  • Premises Liability Concerns for Public-Facing Businesses

Ward Greenberg’s team of experienced attorneys can help you navigate these complex and emerging legal issues in a way to minimize liability to your business and continue to protect your employees.

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If you have questions concerning any of these topics, or would like to discuss the reopening of your business in further detail, please contact our Labor & Employment Law practice group.