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.
Littler offers a selection of documents, guides, and charts, including:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Employers
- Safely Returning Employees to Work: COVID-19 Guidance, Policies, and Forms for Employers
- California COVID-19 Prevention Plan
- COVID-19 Temperature & Symptom Screening Package for Employers
- Remote Work Package for Employers
- FFCRA Forms and Policies for Employers
- Virginia Emergency Temporary Standard Package for Employers
COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Employers
As employers prepare their workforce for the availability of the COVID-19 vaccination, the Littler Vaccination Working Group developed two comprehensive toolkits – a vaccination toolkit for all employers and one specific to healthcare and long-term facilities – to help with the array of vaccine-related issues facing employers.
- A practical overview on availability and distribution of the vaccine
- A Q&A guide to help address the myriad COVID-19 vaccination-related issues, including discussion of the December 16, 2020, EEOC guidance on employee vaccinations
- Sample policies with helpful annotations
- A comprehensive review of legal issues tied to the COVID-19 vaccine
- State-level COVID-19 vaccine distribution guidance
Safely Returning Employees to Work: COVID-19 Guidance, Policies, and Forms for Employers
Industry-specific guidance available to employers on opening their businesses in a safe and healthy manner. The toolkit includes: A safety and health guide for employers, employee-facing safety and health policy, and eleven fillable templates. The New York Return to Work Toolkit adds references to state-specific requirements.
California COVID-19 Prevention Plan
The California COVID-19 Prevention Plan provides a COVID-19 Prevention Program for employers and notice templates compliant with Cal/OSHA and California’s AB 685 notice requirement. The Prevention Program includes guidance and policies on the following:
- Identification and evaluation of COVID-19 hazards
- Physical distancing, face coverings, and engineering and administrative controls
- Reporting and recording-keeping
- Return to work criteria
- Multiple COVID-19 infections and major COVID-19 outbreaks
The California COVID-19 Prevention Plan also includes prepared templates and forms to comply with AB 685’s Notice Requirements.
For guidance policies and templates applicable to other states, please see Littler's Safely Returning Employees to Work: COVID-19 Guidance, Policies and Forms for Employers.
COVID-19 Temperature and Symptom Screening Package for Employers
The COVID-19 Temperature and Symptom Screening Package for Employers provides guidance and sample protocols, notices, and forms for employers considering using temperature and/or symptom screening as a workplace health and safety measure.
Remote Work Package for Employers
The Remote Work Package for Employers contains a Guide, Model Policy and Model Agreement for companies to use when implementing remote work and telework programs in the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The Policy and Agreement are annotated and editable – and can be customized to your particular needs and circumstances.
While many employers likely have a remote work or telework policy already in place, such arrangements have (until now) applied only sporadically and on a smaller scale. Importantly, remote work programs of the past may have neglected to address the fundamental differences between mandatory telework (at the employer’s direction) and voluntary telework (at the employee’s request) – and the legal implications for that distinction are significant. Many employers considering companywide, long-term remote work find they are ill prepared for such a significant change to the structure of their workforce.
FFCRA Forms and Policies for Employers
Template policies and forms that employers can use to implement the Families First Coronavirus Act for both Emergency Family and Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave.
Virginia Emergency Temporary Standard Package for Employers
Effective July 27, 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the first state to enact an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) related to COVID-19. The ETS applies generally to every employer with operations in the state. There are several baseline obligations that employers must meet to comply with the rule. The ETS includes mandates such as performing a hazard assessment, implementing feasible engineering and administrative controls, implementing an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (IDPRP), and conducting training. The Virginia ETS Package for Employers includes a comprehensive template policy that implements the standard and “doubles” as an IDPRP. This policy can be easily adapted to the unique characteristics of a worksite. The package also includes several fillable forms and a hazard assessment matrix.