Bring your employees back responsibly to help avoid legal issues

You may have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily downsize staff while waiting out a return to operations. Now you might be in the position of not being able to immediately offer return-to-work opportunities to everyone until sales and stability return.

This makes the next step vital in terms of quickly getting your business back up to speed—and doing so responsibly under the law. How do you decide which employees to bring back to work first? 

While working through infection mitigation strategies, you also need to consider the process for selecting those employees. Make those decisions based on legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons to avoid a perception of discrimination. Here’s a great resource on returning employees to the workplace that includes numerous helpful practices.

ADA compliance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also offers guidance for businesses on managing strategies to navigate the impact of COVID-19 while still maintaining compliance with the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable employment laws.

You can find specific questions and answers on these topics here.

If you have questions, please reach out to your assigned safety consultant or contact us.

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