Reopening Business During and After the Pandemic: A Guide for Employers


The COVID-19 global pandemic has led to rapid and significant changes for employers across every industry. Employers are navigating local and state orders that define essential versus nonessential workers, responding to new federal laws that change leave requirements, and re-evaluating workforce needs. Now, as states enact measures for lifting some of the stay-at-home restrictions resulting from the pandemic, companies need to proactively develop and implement their own return-to-work plans.

To help with these preparations, Manatt’s employment and labor team has created a comprehensive resource guide for employers returning their employees to the workplace that addresses complications and concerns regarding reopening.

The guide highlights key issues employers face when returning to the workplace, including:

  • Employee leaves and related rights
  • Medical testing of employees
  • Selection of employees for return to work and reintegration
  • Public health considerations for workplace modifications
  • Telecommuting as the new normal
  • Dealing with employee fears and anxieties

The guide is a living document, updated periodically to reflect the most recent requirements, guidance and considerations for employers.

While each company will have its own unique issues and circumstances to consider before reopening, this guide provides an initial framework for employers working through key considerations.

To purchase the full reopening guide or discuss individualized reopening planning, please email

You can download a free chapter excerpt of the guide here.




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