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Considerations for Workplace Reopenings

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss workplace reopenings and what employers should consider when deciding whether to end their remote work programs.

This podcast was recorded on April 16, 2021. Listeners should be aware that given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, information shared on this podcast episode may change at any time.

With Governor Gavin Newsom announcing that companies can anticipate fully reopening their businesses on June 15, employers and employees might soon be able to be in the same room together, Frank says.

As companies prepare for that big day, employers should keep in mind that June 15 is an arbitrary date and much will depend on COVID-19 transmission rates and outbreaks, Shaw says.

She advises listeners to remember there are three different types of workplaces: the workplaces that never closed; the workplaces that had to shut down completely; and the hybrid workplaces. Each type of workplace will have a different route to reopening and will require a different plan.

“It’s not a one size fits all,” she says.

Employers will need to make strategic choices on many components, such as which staff members to bring back; whether getting the COVID-19 vaccine will be required; or what type of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided, Shaw tells podcast listeners.  Read More

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