As the federal, state, and local governments are starting to unveil their return-to-work plans, employers are anxious to resume operations and get employees back to the workplace. At Littler, we understand that the “next normal” looks different for every organization, each with its own unique workforce, business goals, and concerns. To address these and other issues stemming from the current pandemic, Littler continues to build on its COVID‑19 offerings through comprehensive resources that can help employers start the return-to-work conversation.  

In addition to the news and analysis featured here, Littler offers upon request a suite of documents, guides, and charts, including:

  • Return to work state requirements
  • Guidance on considerations for return to work conditions
  • Temperature screening toolkit
  • Sample hiring and recall information

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Featured Return to Work Resources

The Littler COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Report
Littler Report | June 2, 2020

Bouncing Back: A List of Statewide Return to Work Protocols
Littler Insight | Updated Regularly

Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders
Littler Insight | Updated Regularly

Employee Temperature and Health Screenings – A List of Statewide Orders
Littler Insight | Updated Regularly

COVID-19: The Next Normal – International Guide Supplement
Littler Report | May 11, 2020

The Next Normal Series

The Next Normal: A Littler Interview with Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Littler Insight | May 12, 2020

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – EEO Compliance
Littler Insight | May 11, 2020

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – Handling Concerns about Hesitant or “High-Risk” Employees
Littler Insight | April 30, 2020

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – Recalling Furloughed Employees and the Rehire Process
Littler Insight | April 28, 2020

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – Privacy and Data Security Implications of Employee Screening
Littler Insight | April 27, 2020

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – Some Lessons from Asia
Littler Insight | April 27, 2020

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – Safety and Health
Littler Insight | April 22, 2020


Littler's Return to Work News & Analysis

National News

“Who Was that (Un)masked Man?”: Does the Law Protect Employees and Guests Against Wearing Face Coverings? 
Littler Insight | July 21, 2020

DOL Issues Return-to-Work Guidance Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Littler ASAP | July 21, 2020

Avoiding Workplace Violence: How Businesses Should React if Customers Become Violent When Asked to Wear a Mask
Littler Insight | July 16, 2020

NLRB Specifies Recommended Protocols for Manual Elections During COVID-19
Littler ASAP | July 8, 2020

Using Emerging Technologies as Employees Return to Work
Littler Podcast | July 8, 2020

A Temperature Check on States’ Reporting Time Pay Requirements in the Era of COVID-19
Littler Insight | June 30, 2020

DOL Provides Guidance on FFCRA Leave Relating to Summer Camp and Program Closures
Littler ASAP | June 29, 2020

EEOC Provides Return-to-Work and COVID-19 Antibody Testing Guidance Under Federal Civil Rights Laws
Littler ASAP | June 17, 2020

Are You Ready to Reopen Your Office Building? CDC Says Not So Fast!
Littler Insight | June 2, 2020

OSHA Clarifies Safety Requirements for the Construction Industry and Those Performing Work in Occupied Homes During COVID-19
Littler Insight | June 1, 2020

OSHA Issues Revised Guidance for Recording COVID-19 Cases
Littler ASAP | May 20, 2020

Risky Business: EEOC Interprets ADA Coverage for Individuals at Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19
Littler ASAP | May 8, 2020

Wave of COVID-19 Litigation Already Rising, Threatening Employers as They Return to Work
Littler ASAP | May 7, 2020

A PPP Dilemma: Can Employers Exclude Employees Who Refuse to Return to Work from their Loan Forgiveness Calculation?
Littler ASAP | May 7, 2020

Unpacking Exposure Risks for Meat and Poultry Processors: New OSHA/CDC Guidance
Littler ASAP | April 28, 2020

Returning to Work: Some Lessons from Asia – 新常态:如何复工 – 来自亚洲的一些经验
Littler Insight | April 28, 2020

Is the Future U.S. Workplace a Work Share Program?
Littler Insight | April 27, 2020

EEOC Says Employers Can Administer COVID-19 Tests Before Employees Can Come to Work
Littler ASAP | April 25, 2020

WARN Act Risks Loom for Employers Re-Hiring or Un-Furloughing Employees to Receive Paycheck Protection Program Funding
Littler ASAP | April 19, 2020

State and Regional News

COVID-19 Steps Up, Michigan Steps Back: New Executive Order Reestablishes Previous Stay-at-Home Restrictions
Littler Insight | July 31, 2020

California Department of Public Health Issues COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
Littler Insight | July 31, 2020

Colorado Enacts Public Health Emergency Whistleblower (PHEW) Law Protecting COVID-19 Workplace COPs
Littler Insight | July 23, 2020

Philadelphia Enacts Anti-Retaliation Ordinance for COVID-19 Workplace Complaints
Littler ASAP | July 23, 2020

New Pennsylvania COVID-19 Grant Program Helps Employers Provide Hazard Pay to Employees in Life-Sustaining Occupations
Littler ASAP | July 23, 2020

Status of Delaware’s Return-to-Work Reopening Plan
Littler Insight | July 22, 2020

Virginia is the First State to Implement COVID-19 Emergency Standard
Littler ASAP | July 16, 2020

No Mask, No Service: Michigan Expands Face Covering Requirements
Littler ASAP | July 13, 2020

California Fireworks: Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and San Mateo County Enact Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinances
Littler Insight | July 10, 2020

Sacramento, California’s Worker Protection, Health, and Safety Act Adds to the Ever-Growing Patchwork of COVID-19-Related Workplace Mandates
Littler ASAP | July 10, 2020

New San Francisco Emergency Ordinance Requires Layoff Notices, Reemployment Rights and Reasonable Accommodation for Eligible Workers
Littler Insight | July 7, 2020

Phase IV Initiated: Illinois Returns to Work with Certain Conditions and Employer Requirements
Littler ASAP | July 7, 2020

Texas Governor Mandates Face Coverings Statewide
Littler ASAP | July 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. and Maryland Expand Their Reopening Efforts
Littler ASAP | June 30, 2020

Quarantine Quandaries – How NY, NJ and CT’s Quarantine Period May Impact Employers
Littler Insight | June 29, 2020

The Texas Reopening Two-Step: The Governor First Pauses Reopening, Then Takes a Step Back with New Restrictions
Littler ASAP | June 26, 2020

Colorado Passes Law Requiring Employers to Provide Three Types of Paid Sick Leave
Littler ASAP | June 26, 2020

San Diego County Climate Changes Again on Mandatory Temperature Checks
Littler ASAP | June 25, 2020

New Mask Requirements in Texas
Littler ASAP | June 24, 2020

Cal/OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Guidance Regarding Medical Surveillance Examinations amid Potential Exposure to COVID-19
Littler ASAP | June 17, 2020

Reopen Connecticut Phase Two: Sector Rules for June 17 Reopening
Littler Insight | June 17, 2020

Temperature Check Requirements for the New Phase of Reopening in San Diego
Littler ASAP | June 12, 2020

The Return of Dine-In Restaurants: What Restaurateurs Must Know Before Reopening in California amid COVID-19
Littler ASAP | June 12, 2020

Cal/OSHA Issues Hazard Alert to Health Care Facilities Regarding the Availability of COVID-19 PPE
Littler ASAP | June 10, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: Phase 3 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan
Littler ASAP | June 10, 2020

Illinois Returns to Work with Certain Conditions and Employer Requirements
Littler Insight | June 8, 2020

Reopening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Littler Insight | June 5, 2020

Virginia Prepares to Enter “Phase Two” of its Reopening Plan Everywhere Except Northern Virginia and Richmond
Littler Insight | June 4, 2020

Michigan Moves to Stage 4 of the Safe State Plan, Setting the Stage for Most Businesses to Reopen
Littler Insight | June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. Activates its Reopening Plan, While Maryland Permits Additional Activities Under its Roadmap to Recovery
Littler Insight | June 3, 2020

No More Home Haircuts – Cal/OSHA Updates Reopening Requirements for Barbershops and Hair Salons
Littler ASAP | May 29, 2020

Washington State Reopens for Business with New Policies, Procedures, and Protective Equipment
Littler Insight | May 28, 2020

Colorado Issues Guidance on Accommodations in the Age of COVID-19
Littler Insight | May 27, 2020

Minnesota Update: Reopening and Returning to Work
Littler Insight | May 27, 2020

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Virginia Prepares for Statewide Entry Into “Phase One” of Reopening, While Issuing New Face Covering Mandate
Littler ASAP | May 27, 2020

Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen
Littler ASAP | May 26, 2020

Long Beach, California Follows Los Angeles and Enacts its Own Mandatory Right of Recall and Worker Retention Ordinances
Littler Insight | May 21, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: Expanding Phase 2 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan
Littler ASAP | May 26, 2020

A Return to Work Roadmap for New York Employers
Littler Insight | May 26, 2020

Michigan Sets Forth Additional Requirements for Businesses that Reopen as the State Restarts Select Operations in Northern Michigan
Littler ASAP | May 19, 2020

Massachusetts Releases Four-Phase Reopening Plan
Littler Insight | May 19, 2020

Maryland Initiates its Reopening Plan While Washington, D.C. Extends its Stay-at-Home Order and Implements Face Covering Requirement
Littler Insight | May 19, 2020

Essential Employers: What Does Connecticut’s Reopening Plan Mean for You?
Littler Insight | May 15, 2020

A Temperature Check on Reopening San Diego
Littler ASAP | May 15, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down COVID-19 Safer-at-Home Order: Considerations for Wisconsin Employers
Littler Insight | May 14, 2020

Reopen Connecticut Phase One: Sector Rules for May 20 Reopening
Littler Insight | May 14, 2020

Certain Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses in 37 Pennsylvania Counties Permitted to Reopen, but Must Implement Specific Health and Safety Measures
Littler ASAP | May 13, 2020

Missouri and the St. Louis Region Get Back to Work: Business Guidelines, Practical Considerations, and Resources
Littler Insight | May 13, 2020

Massachusetts Agency Provides Guidance on Unemployment Benefits for Returning Employees and Employers’ Obligations
Littler ASAP | May 11, 2020

Cal/OSHA Updates COVID-19 Infection Prevention Guidelines for Certain Essential Businesses
Littler Insight | May 8, 2020

Michigan Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Through May 28, 2020, While Announcing a Phased Reopening of Businesses with the Manufacturing Sector Next to Open
Littler ASAP | May 8, 2020

Reopening Rhode Island Phase 1: A Practical Guide for Employers
Littler ASAP | May 8, 2020

City of Los Angeles Enacts Mandatory Right to Recall and Worker Retention Ordinances
Littler Insight | May 7, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: Phase 2 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan
Littler ASAP | May 6, 2020

Colorado Amends its Safer at Home Order to Permit Employees to Self-Check for COVID-19 Symptoms and to Expand the Categories of Businesses Permitted to Open
Littler ASAP | May 6, 2020

Michigan is Moving Toward Reopening, But it Will Not be “Business as Usual”
Littler Insight | May 6, 2020

Virginia Plans Gradual Three-Phase Lifting of Restrictions on Nonessential Businesses
Littler ASAP | May 6, 2020

Denver and its Neighbors Return to Work: Mayor Announces Expiration of Stay-at-Home Order and Ushers in Period of COVID-19 “Relief and Recovery”
Littler ASAP | May 6, 2020

Indiana’s Roadmap to get Back on Track after COVID-19 Lockdown
Littler ASAP | May 6, 2020

Certain Businesses in 24 Pennsylvania Counties Permitted to Reopen, But Must Implement Specific Health and Safety Measures
Littler ASAP | May 5, 2020

Colorado Civil Rights Division Issues Emergency Rule and FAQs Addressing Employees Concerned About Returning to the Workplace
Littler ASAP | May 5, 2020

Denver Joins a Growing Number of Colorado Municipalities Mandating Face Coverings While in Public
Littler ASAP | May 4, 2020

Ohio’s “Stay Safe” Order Effective May 1, 2020—What it Means for Employers
Littler Insight | May 4, 2020

USCIS Announces COVID-19 Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents
Littler ASAP | May 4, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Labor Issues Guidance on New Employer Requirements to File Auto-Certification and Adopt COVID-19 Exposure Control Plans
Littler ASAP | May 2, 2020

Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Relaxes Lockdown
Littler Insight | May 2, 2020

Re-Opening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Littler Insight | May 1, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: A State and Local Update
Littler ASAP | May 1, 2020

Kentucky’s Reopening and Return to Work – Questions Remain
Littler ASAP | April 30, 2020

Colorado’s “Safer at Home” Order Permits Some Businesses to Reopen with Strict COVID-19 Suppression Measures
Littler Insight | April 29, 2020

Wisconsin Employers Making the Best of the Worst: Implementing a Work-Share Program
Littler Insight | April 29, 2020

Illinois Stay-at-Home Order Modified and Extended – What Do Employers Need To Know Before May 1, 2020?
Littler ASAP | April 27, 2020

Colorado Enters its “Safer At Home” Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic, But Many Municipalities Remain on Lockdown
Littler ASAP | April 25, 2020

Georgia Pushes Forward: Latest Order Offers Detailed Reopening Steps and a Preview for Other States
Littler ASAP | April 25, 2020

Gardeners, Golfers, and Boaters Rejoice! Michigan Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order But Provides for the Reopening of Certain Businesses and Recreational Activities
Littler ASAP | April 25, 2020

International News

Canadian Federal Government Announces Proposed Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Littler ASAP | July 22, 2020

Toronto, Canada Requires Masks Within Enclosed Public Spaces
Littler ASAP | July 16, 2020

Ontario, Canada: Stage 3 Reopening Will Begin on July 17, 2020
Littler ASAP | July 16, 2020

The Netherlands: Rules Implementing NOW 2.0 Wage Subsidy Program Released
Littler ASAP | July 5, 2020

Ontario, Canada: New Guide Helps Employers Plan their COVID-19 Work Safety Plans
Littler ASAP | June 25, 2020

Venezuela: National and Local Governments Publish New Standards on Biosecurity
Littler ASAP | June 22, 2020

Ontario, Canada: Stage 2 Reopening Begins on a Regional Basis
Littler ASAP | June 12, 2020

COVID-19 and Work Refusals as Canada Reopens: Legal and Practical Considerations
Littler Insight | June 10, 2020

Ontario, Canada: COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool Recently Updated
Littler ASAP | June 4, 2020

Return to Work Protocols for São Paulo, Brazil
Littler ASAP | May 29, 2020

UK: It's Not Me, It's You – Passing The Liability Buck While Working From Home
Littler Insight | May 26, 2020

UK’s exit from lockdown: a disunited kingdom?
Littler ASAP | May 19, 2020

IRELAND: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Employer FAQs
Littler Insight | May 15, 2020

Anticipating Business Recovery in France
Littler Insight | May 14, 2020

Ontario, Canada: Workplace Safety Guidelines Released
Littler ASAP | May 5, 2020

Tunisian Government Provides Reopening Plan
Littler ASAP | May 5, 2020

Canada: COVID-19 and Provincial Announcements of Plans to Gradually Ease Restrictions and Reopen
Littler Insight | April 30, 2020

Canada: COVID-19 and Recalling Employees Back to Work from a Temporary Layoff
Littler Insight | April 27, 2020


On-Demand and Upcoming Webinars

Returning to Work: Strategies and Tools for Reintegrating Employees Worldwide
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Belgium: Back to Work with COVID-19
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Back to Work? How In-House Employment Counsel and Human Resources Professionals Can Help Organizations Assess Whether, When and How to Reopen for Business
Watch Now  (recorded April 27, 2020)
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