May 15, 2020

Employer’s Checklist For Returning Employees To Work (download)

As the COVID-19-battered economy begins the gradual process of reopening, the top questions facing every employer are if, when, and how the workplace will reopen. Will everyone have to come back, and, if not, how do you choose who stays home? How do you keep your employees safe? Can employees travel? Do they need to wear masks at work? How do we build trust in our employees so they convey legitimate concerns and fears? These are some of the many issues topping our clients’ lists of concerns.

Hirschfeld Kraemer has created a CHECKLIST addressing all these critical issues. The Checklist touches on seven areas of concern that every employer should consider:

1.  Create a COVID-19 planning team
2.  Implement safety protocols in the workplace
3.  Impose travel restrictions
4.  Consider remote work
5.  Devise a clear employee communication policy
6.  Prepare a robust employee reporting policy
7.  Formulate a rapid response plan in case of infection arising in the workplace

View and/or download the CHECKLIST here


For help with these, or any other return-to-work questions, contact the Hirschfeld Kraemer lawyer who normally provides your legal advice, or you can reach out to Dan Handman in Hirschfeld Kraemer’s Los Angeles office,, (310) 255-1820.

Did you miss previous posts in our Planning For The Rebound series? Click on the links below:
Step 1 – Requirements For Returning To The Workplace
Step 2 – Do I Have To Bring Back Furloughed or Laid-Off Employees?
Step 3 – Do Employers Need to Bring Back Under-Performers?
Step 4 – Ready To Go Back To Work? Not So Fast …
Step 5 – Passing the Test: COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace
Step 6 – Deciding Which Employees Can Return To The Workplace
Step 7 – Workplace Safety: Posters Are Not Enough
Step 8 – Safety Tips For Allowing Vendors and Visitors Into Your Workplace
Step 9 – Meal and Break Room Safety
Step 10 – Hygiene Tips For A Safe, Clean Workplace
Step 11 – A Workable Plan For Social Distancing
Step 12 – Dealing With Requests To Work Remotely: Separating Facts From Fear
Step 13 – Is Work Travel A Thing Of The Past?
Step 14 – New Hires and Offer Letters During COVID-19
Step 15 – Addressing Employee Return-To-Work Anxieties

For additional employer-focused information about COVID-19:
Click here to see the Hirschfeld Kraemer EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO CORONAVIRUS