On Thursday April 16, 2020, President Trump unveiled his "Guidelines for Opening Up America Again" (the "Guidelines"). The Guidelines are designed to help state and local officials reopen their economies, get people back to work, and provide some initial topics for employers to consider prior to reopening. Masuda Funai is publishing a series of articles addressing the business, human and safety aspects that employers will need to consider as part of each company's individualized reopening plan.
Today's article will discuss the "Returning to Work" considerations with respect to:
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Return to Work in Phases: The Guidelines encourage a return to work in phases, if possible. In order to do so, employers should review their physical layout and consider the following:
Continuing to Work Remotely: The Guidelines encourage a continuation of remote work whenever possible and feasible with business operations. Having had a significant number of employees working remotely for the last six weeks with little advance planning, employers should now consider a more formal remote work plan that:
Non-Essential Travel: The Guidelines also encourage employers to continue to minimize non-essential travel and adhere to the CDC's guidelines regarding isolation following travel. In doing so, employers should:
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