Client Alert: Employer Considerations for Returning Employees to the Office After COVID-19 Shutdowns

For the past several weeks, a majority of brick and mortar workplaces across the nation have effectively shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to numerous state and local “stay home” orders, many employees have been working remotely, while others have been furloughed or laid off. Recently, however, the President and several state governors have started to ease restrictions so that more businesses may reopen. In light of this proverbial “new normal,” employers need to be mindful of various legal and practical considerations while balancing employee safety and productivity when planning to allow or require employees to return to the office.