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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.