Life for everybody has changed. The practice of law has changed. From the “how” we do it to the “what” we are doing, it has changed. Our clients have different needs that we continue to meet. From advising employers how to respond when an employee tests positive for the coronavirus to counseling employees afraid of catching it, we are working to help clients navigate the uncharted legal waters of COVID-19.
Employers have inquired about how to treat employees who demonstrate symptoms of coronavirus or have been exposed to others diagnosed with it. If an employer decides an employee cannot come into the workplace, the employer must ensure it remains in compliance with other laws.
We are helping employers with plans including:
- • A description of how the business will continue in the event of a temporary closure, government shutdown or furlough.
- • A remote work policy that allows the continuation of operations while employees work from home.
- • Additional cleaning or sanitization services, along with the provision of soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to ensure a safe workspace.
- • Continual communications to the workforce that provide up-to-date, accurate information on best practices and precautions for protecting oneself against COVID-19.
We have been fielding questions from employees about the implications of the coronavirus, particularly as it relates to the safety of their workplaces. Accommodations have to be made . It can be a violation of the law if accommodations are not made, including work-at-home situations.
KHA continues to be here. We are helping employers and employees with the legal process while at the same time balancing the right thing for the business and its employees. Should you need our help with your employment matters, feel free to email Kelli directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her directly at (615) 567-7304. Take care and stay well.