April 8, 2020

Looking Ahead: A Comprehensive Guide to COVID-19 Employment Decisions Through Downsizing, Furloughs, and Return to Work

After weeks of adjustment to the sudden spread of COVID-19, including dramatic business slowdowns, government shutdown orders, and financial rescue measures for employees and employers, businesses are adapting to the “new normal” while looking ahead to a gradual return to business operations.  

This article is intended to be strategic and forward-looking in responding to COVID-19. The article summarizes recent legal requirements and regulatory guidance, with links to Payne & Fears COVID-19 alerts, to help your business work safely through current conditions and the safe resumption of business activity at the appropriate time, including: 

  • layoffs and furloughs;
  • discrimination and privacy issues related to current employee health and safety;
  • work from home issues, including compensation and reimbursement;
  • sick pay and family leave;
  • rehiring under the CARES Act for SBA loans; and
  • COVID-19 issues during rehiring and return to work.

Disclaimer: Laws, regulations, and guidance on matters related to COVID-19 change rapidly. Please contact your Payne & Fears attorney for current guidance.