As the COVID-19 pandemic stabilizes and the individual states begin to lift stay-at-home restrictions, business owners must prepare to bring employees back into physical buildings.
The federal government has provided guidance in the scope of phasing in the re-opening of businesses and bringing employees back into the workforce in a safe and efficient manner during the pandemic. Companies should prepare to adhere to guidelines and confidently have policies and protocols in place for the foreseeable future. Such plans include:
- Workforce Preparation– create policies for deciding who returns, shift/schedule management and communications with employees on new policies;
- Building and Workplace Preparation– implement cleaning plans, pre-return inspections, and HVAC and mechanicals cleaning and checks;
- Controlling Access – enforce protocols for safety and health checks, building reception, shipping/receiving, elevators and visitor policies;
- Social Distancing Plan Creation – follow guidelines for decreasing density, schedule management and office traffic patterns, and providing of PPE if necessary. Precautions should be taken for vulnerable employees;
- Reduce Touch Points & Increase Cleaning – implement open doors, clean-desk policy, food plans and regular cleaning of common areas, sanitizing of work areas;
- Communicate for Confidence – recognize the fear employees may feel in returning, communicate transparently and listen/survey regularly.
O’Reilly Rancilio attorneys are ready to provide further assistance to any business owner with questions regarding the pandemic or legal matters. Visit our website or call 586-726-1000.