Policies For Reopening and Remote Work Forces
The pandemic has created a lot of challenges for both employers and their workforces. Many (but not all) jurisdictions have begun reopening their offices; even more have embraced an enhanced role for a remote workforce. To discuss what legal obligations this brings for employers, SIIA’s General Counsel, Chris Mohr, sat down (virtually) on July 1st with Karen Vladeck, a partner at Wittliff | Cutter PLLC and expert on employment law. Their conversation addressed three key questions:
- Does the CARES act as extended leave, and what does that mean for my business?
- What are the key employer considerations around reopening safely?
- What legal considerations surround transitioning to a remote workforce?
Some key takeaways from their discussion:
- Follow your local rules and advisories.
- Have a written return to work plan.
- Be sure that all your employees are on the same page re: expectations about being inside the
- Pay careful attention to wage and hour requirements when people are remote—remember you
have the burden of proof.
- ADA accommodations apply to the remote workforce.
- Understand CARES requirements for sick leave and family leave, and be sure than any leave
allowances that you have are equally applied.
- SHOW FLEXIBILITY.
Watch the full recording of their conversation here: