Preparing Your Workplace: How to Navigate Safety Mandates and Recommendations

McDermott Will & Emery

Prioritizing the safety of your employees and customers is critical as you prepare to reopen your business. All workplace policies should be in writing, keeping in mind that different locations may require different policies depending on your workspace layout. While you cannot guarantee blanket safety, communicating the “why” and basing your policies on the science, CDC recommendations, and other state and local guidelines will help you communicate the safety measures that the company has taken, employee obligations, and disciplinary measures for noncompliance. As with all of these COVID-related policies, it is important to provide social distancing protocol training to employees and managers in advance of the return to the workplace, and to regularly review and modify policies as new guidelines are released and to communicate and implement those policies to employees in a consistent, transparent and thoughtful way...

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