Getting Back to Work after COVID-19

As companies begin to ponder all their options and return employees to work (whether on a part-time or full-time basis), the team at CA HR services can assist companies strategically assess their business needs and devise the most efficient, appropriate and cost-effective plans.

These assessments may include:

  • Analyzing Return to Work plans after furloughs or layoffs
  • Assess whether to return employees to the worksite or permit telecommuting
  • Return to work checklists
  • COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • Telecommuting policies and procedures
  • Hiring new employees vs. rehiring laid off employees
  • Return to work or temporary offer letters
  • Temporary job descriptions
  • How to address employees who do not wish to return to work
  • How to handle the Work Sharing Program
  • How to address other HR/performance issues during COVID-19

And much more…

Getting Back to Work after COVID-19

Reopening Your Workplace

With the number of COVID-19 cases beginning to drop nearly everywhere in the country, many stay-at-home and quarantine orders have been lifted or are scheduled to expire in the coming weeks. For employers, this change in circumstances leaves many of them wondering how to safely bring employees back to their workplace. There are many elements to consider, including the following:

  • How to prioritize which workers return first.
  • Determining whether to bring everyone back full-time vs. part-time.
  • Ensuring that proper safeguards are in place, including the CDC’s recommendations for safe working conditions.
  • Determining whether some or all remote work will continue. The pandemic has changed the way many businesses operate. For some, these changes may be permanent.
  • How to address upcoming business travel and other large events.
  • Determining what safeguards are necessary for customers.
  • Developing a response plan and leave policies if an employee does test positive for COVID-19.
  • Ensuring proper leave policies are in place to minimize the risk of an infected employee causing widespread transmission across your organization.

It is clear that even though the quarantines have mostly ended, it’s not as simple as opening your doors and resuming operations as normal. The list of things that employers need to consider is great, and a failure to address any of these concerns fully can open up your organization to additional risk.

The reassuring thing is that you have options and we have professionals ready to help you navigate this unprecedented time.

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COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance

COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance

Checklists for your business to ensure you open safely.

Return to Work Letter Templates

Return to Work Letter Templates

Present your past and future employees with options that comply with recommended changes.

Return to Work FAQ’s

Return to work Covid FAQ's

Get quick answers to frequently asked COVID questions.

HR Service Guidance After COVID-19

HR Service Guidance After COVID-19

Let a professional help guide your business down the right path to return.

Covid Back to Work Plan Checklist

All of the new guidelines and requirements placed on companies throughout both California and the US are overwhelming. With the eagerness to get back to work weighing heavy, it is important to make informed decisions and to have a plan.

The process to reopen should not be rushed and instead should be guided by a detailed plan, one specific to your business or sector. Getting a professional checklist in place to ensure that all areas are covered is critical. Some areas may include:

  • Timelines for re-opening
  • Staff numbers on site
  • Employee workstation placement
  • Sanitization and cleaning procedures
  • Visitor and customer procedures
  • Policies for illness
  • Teleworking options
  • Expectations of employees who are ill
  • Restrictions on in-person interactions
Covid Back to Work Plan Checklist
Covid Back to Work Letter Template for Employees

Covid Back to Work Letter Template for Employees

Ensure you give your staff options and allow them to return at the right time while also protecting your liabilities. Ensure that you have enough staff and lay out all options clearly for laid off or furloughed employees.

Employees will have questions understandably as the “new normal” won’t be what it was before. Help them understand changes, expectations and what you are doing as a company to protect them. Communication will be the key to a successful return to work after Covid.

COVID-19 Business Needs Addressed

While adhering to these recommendations can pose a significant challenge for many employers, making these changes is often far easier than addressing longer-term human resources concerns that must be addressed. In nearly all industries, employers are being forced to look at their standard operational model and consider ways in which it can be transformed. We see a need to deliver services and products more effectively and efficiently, no matter what additional challenges may be encountered.

If there was one lesson to be learned from the pandemic by employers and business leaders, it was that companies that were able to respond to the pandemic agilely and with high flexibility were in a much better position to weather the storm. Those who rigidly clung to old service delivery models often suffered far greater losses.

In addition to long-term changes, it is also necessary for employers to consider their return to work plans to ensure that it is specific to meet the unique needs of the workplace. This process includes identifying all potential risks and exposure threats and working to minimize those threats.

It is abundantly clear that employers have a tall order to meet – both in developing their return to work policy and plan and in ensuring this plan aligns with any long-term transformative changes that the organization intends to make.

Return to Work FAQs

The professionals CA HR Services remain dedicated to serving your HR needs. The FAQ’s below will give some guidance on specific areas of information that will aid in your business being a success whilst also utilizing a Covid back to work plan.

Creating a consistent company checklist to ensure senior management, legal, HR, facilities, payroll and vendors have guidance on the return after COVID. Get guidance for your business to ensure your return is safe. Some areas covered are:

  • Analyzing Return to Work plans after furloughs or layoffs
  • Assess whether to return employees to the worksite or permit telecommuting
  • Return to work checklists
  • COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • Telecommuting policies and procedures
  • Hiring new employees vs. rehiring laid off employees
  • Return to work or temporary offer letters
  • Temporary job descriptions
  • How to address employees who do not wish to return to work
  • How to handle the Work Sharing Program
  • How to address other HR/performance issues during COVID-19

As your company returns to the new normal, you may have questions or need additional guidance on what your options are to get your team back at the office or storefront. To allow you the time to navigate the new normal for your business and what changes to implement, we can establish documents to help get your workforce back. By following recommended guidelines behind legislation, state and county rules and options for staff returning, we can guide you in the right direction.

Outsourcing HR services can be project-based or an on-call / as needed basis. Some of the most popular HR services outsourcing options include:

  • Covid Back to Work plans
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Safety and Workers’ Compensation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Compliance Including Audits
  • Training and Development
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Employee Relations
  • And much more…..

The most immediate concerns in any return to work plan deal with the challenge of creating safe working environments that minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Along these lines, the CDC has developed safeguards that businesses should follow prior to even considering resuming business, including:

  • Social distancing requirements, including shifting to electronic communication when possible and keeping staff to the necessary minimum.
  • Training on workplace safety and the response plan.
  • Restricting the use of shared items and space.
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfecting policies.
  • The inclusion of remote working options when possible and the cancellation of any non-essential business travel.
  • Daily health checks and the completion of a hazard assessment of the workplace.
  • Encouraging the use of face masks or other facial coverings.

Including payroll in your back to work business plan is imperative. If possible, now is a good time to consider alternative employee pay options, including direct deposit and pay-on-demand.

In addition a significant disruption such as the current COVID-19 pandemic may leave employees with financial uncertainty, among other anxieties. By implementing options for payroll for your staff may help ease some of their concerns by offering direct deposit, a safe and secure payment method that gets workers their earned wages quickly.

An HR professional can help you navigate options that are recommended including:

  • Running payroll or switching employee pay methods
  • Common benefits questions and HR support
  • Insurance coverage during COVID-19
  • Furloughed employee benefits

Teleworking, Social Distancing and new guidelines for workplace safety including work-from-home setups can be a challenge for everyone. Consider some ways you can navigate remote working arrangements to ensure that you can fairly provide rules, guidance and policies that can be implemented whether staff is teleworking or in the office or storefront.

COVID-19 has enlisted federal, state and county officials to establish leave policies due to Coronavirus. Each state has its own set of policies that must be followed regarding sick leave, paid leave and family leave. Do not navigate the new guidelines alone, our team is prepared to ensure your sick leave policies comply with the laws in your state.

State and local officials have provided guidance for essential and non-essential employees. As a result some companies have shifted to a teleworking setup. Ensuring you have a comprehensive teleworking policy is essential to ensuring your staff understands expectations, keeps operations moving along efficiently and more importantly that employees are safe.

HR Services To Help You Make A Difference In Preventing The Spread Of COVID-19

COVID-19 has thrown many companies into complete disarray, yet it also presents new challenges as the virus continues to clear. But opening up your business without the proper safeguards can also present a huge risk and one that can cause additional financial losses. For many companies, the economic recovery period will likely be long in dealing with the after-effects of COVID-19. The first step in achieving positive change is ensuring that your return to work plan is sound and minimizes risk. CA HR Services is here to help employers develop a return to work plan that meets the unique needs of their workplace including:

  • Analyzing Return to Work plans after furloughs or layoffs
  • Assess whether to return employees to the worksite or permit telecommuting
  • Return to work checklists
  • COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • Telecommuting policies and procedures
  • Hiring new employees vs. rehiring laid off employees
  • Return to work or temporary offer letters
  • Temporary job descriptions
  • How to address employees who do not wish to return to work
  • How to handle the Work Sharing Program
  • How to address other HR/performance issues during COVID-19