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:
Given the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19 vaccination developments, Littler has again updated its COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit for Employers. In addition to the practical guidance provided in the previous version of the toolkit, this most recent update includes a number of new and updated FAQs on increasingly relevant workplace vaccination issues, including CDC and other public health guidance for fully-vaccinated individuals, revised EEOC guidance concerning vaccination incentives and considerations related to “vaccine passport bans.”
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.
On January 27, 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he had approved a Final Permanent Standard (Permanent Standard) for preventing COVID-19 in the workplace, making Virginia the first state in the nation to implement a permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health standard. The Permanent Standard, which applies to all employers in the Commonwealth, supersedes the Emergency Temporary Standard that had been in place since July 2020 but expired on January 26, 2021. The Permanent Standard, like the Emergency Temporary Standard, requires employers to implement measures to help slow the transmission of, and protect workers from, COVID-19. There are several baseline obligations that employers must meet to comply with the rule. The Permanent Standard 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 Final Permanent Standard 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.