As businesses prepare to reopen or resume full operations amid COVID-19, there will be new challenges and questions. No one has all the answers, but Lake Effect can help you anticipate some of the issues that are likely to arise as you reopen and/or return more employees to the worksite. We do not know when business will return to “normal,” but employers can put measures in place to be successful and compassionate as we introduce our employees and workplaces to our “new normal.”
Lake Effect has prepared detailed guidance to help employers welcome their teams. Below is an outline of those steps; if you would like to schedule a time to discuss a plan tailored to your organization, please let us know.
As always, the attorneys and HR professionals at Lake Effect HR & Law are available to advise you as you develop plans to restore operations and welcome team members back to the workplace. We look forward to helping our partners bounce back. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-844-333-5253.
Steps to Welcome Team Members Back to Work in the Wake of COVID-19
STEP 1: MAKE THE DECISION TO RESTORE OPERATIONS
Who will decide?
How will you notify employees?
How will the return be implemented?
STEP 2: RESTORE, RECALL, AND REHIRE EMPLOYEES WHO WERE FURLOUGHED, LAID OFF OR TERMINATED
STEP 3: CHOOSE EFFECTIVE SCHEDULING STRATEGIES
Continue telework for some
Ensuring social distancing
STEP 4: PLAN FOR ENHANCED CLEANING IN THE WORKPLACE
Cleaning plans and practices
Changes in utilization of space and equipment
Possible limitations on plans
STEP 5: EVALUATE PHYSICAL WORKPLACE, PROTECTIVE GEAR AND OTHER SAFEGUARDS
Changes to workspace and protective gear
Changes to interactions and gatherings
STEP 6: ASSESS OF EMPLOYEE HEALTH
Screening and/or testing
Logistics of testing
STEP 7: ADDRESS EMPLOYEE CONCERNS AND NEEDS
Communicate all post-quarantine changes and expectations
Monitor employees’ wellbeing
Assess employee morale
Prevent harassment and discrimination
STEP 8: CONSIDER & MONITOR POTENTIAL ISSUES UNDER ADA, OSHA, AND NLRA
STEP 9: ANTICIPATE EMPLOYEE LEAVE REQUESTS
STEP 10: TRAIN SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS
STEP 11: REVIEW AND UPDATE EXISTING POLICIES
STEP 12: PLAN AHEAD