Returning to Work in the COVID-19 Era

As states ease their stay-at-home orders and advisories and allow businesses to re-open, many workplaces are planning to return employees to work in a world that looks very different than the one that existed two months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new statutory and regulatory requirements with which employers must comply, and employers must find ways to return their employees to the workplace in a safe and organized manner.

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Labor and employment, privacy and healthcare attorneys from Foley Hoag LLP to discuss new legal obligations placed on employers and best practices for re-opening workplaces in a safe manner that continues to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Topics Discussed:

  • Workplace safety guidance for re-opening workplaces, including implementing social distancing plans, providing and/or mandating personal protective equipment, and other requirements;
  • Best practices for medical inquiries in the workplace, such as taking employees' temperatures and implementing COVID-19 testing procedures;
  • New paid leave obligations due to COVID-19;
  • Accommodating disabled workers who may be at high risk for COVID-19-related complications; and
  • Managing employees with new or increased caregiving responsibilities.


  • Colin J. Zick, Partner/Co-Chair, Healthcare and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups; Co-Chair, COVID-19 Task Force
  • Christopher S. Feudo, Counsel, Labor and Employment Practice Group; Co-Chair, COVID-19 Task Force
  • Erin J. Olesen, Associate, Labor and Employment Practice Group