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The Legal and Practical Considerations of Re-Opening Workplaces in the COVID-19 Era: Part One – Practical Considerations

June 1, 2020

With no certainty about when a vaccine will be widely available to the general public, and all fifty states beginning to lift their shutdown orders, it has become clear that businesses will need to prepare for the reality of returning to the workplace while under the continued threat of the coronavirus.  Facing this challenge will require employers to balance employee safety and business needs in new and creative ways.  As our understanding of the virus grows and the risk assessment in different geographic locations evolves, workplace regulations and best practices may change from month to month.  Employers will need to be ready to adapt based on local guidance, the severity of regional outbreaks, and advances in medical understanding and treatments.  With this need for flexibility in mind, we have compiled a list of considerations to help guide employers as they plan for the safe reopening of the workplace. Part One of this guidance will cover the practical considerations of reopening, while Part Two will address the legal considerations inherent in the upcoming return to the office.

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