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

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

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

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

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

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

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