Time to reopen, now what?

We understand there will be some hesitation and roadblocks business leaders face once all of the "shelters in place" are released. We gathered the resources below to help you and your team return to work.

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Can Companies Require Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

For businesses that have essential workers onsite or workers who will return to the office in 2021, employee vaccinations will likely play a central role in their pandemic recovery plans. The looming question is: Can companies require employees to be vaccinated? Yes. But there are caveats.

As schools reopen in pandemic, chart a course forward with a flexible work-life balance

Now, with schools opening back up for virtual or on-campus learning, you are faced with even more tough decisions—and your employees are counting on you to navigate them to a safe harbor.


Return to Worksite Acknowledgement

Use this consent form when allowing employees to return to the office.

Are temperature screenings the new workplace norm?

On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance that gave employers the green light to take employees’ temperatures before entering the workplace.

Return-to-Work resources

Before your employees begin returning to the workplace, refer to this guide to ensure you’re well prepared to provide a safe environment.

What not to do when you reopen your business

Without clear rules guiding businesses on how to keep employees safe, you're responsible for making your own plan. Here's how to avoid some of the most common potential problems.

The reopening challenge: 5 tips for getting back to business

Business as usual may look very different after the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what you need to do before reopening.

How to reopen your business

Here are some questions to ask as you prepare to reopen your doors once the pandemic subsides

Employment Law Forecast: 2020 & Beyond

As much as we’d all like to wish the COVID-19 madness away, Employment Law Attorney Alexis C. Knapp, a board member for Littler Mendelson P.C., says there’s no ignoring the ever-evolving legislation and keeping up with the “fast and furious” pace of it all.

3 ways to thrive in the long term

Here's how business owners preparing to reopen can position their companies to succeed in the long run.

CDC releases interim guidance

Businesses and Employers should follow the CDC guidelines to plan and respond to COVID-19.

Tips to reduce risk of exposure in the workplace

OSHA provides 10 tips all workplaces can take to reduce risk of exposure to coronavirus.

Akerman’s Return to Work Resource Guide

This guide provides employers an atlas of key reference materials, form documents, questions, concerns, checklists, policies, and procedures that assist in facilitating a safe and orderly transition to the “new normal.”

Texas may have green light to open, but not everyone is willing to risk it

Companies are encouraged to have an open conversation with their employees to gauge how they felt about returning to work.

3 ways to support your employees

Here's how to keep your employees informed and engaged as you prepare to reopen.

Face Covering FAQs

OSHA recently released a frequently asked questions document for the use of face masks.

Resuming Business Toolkit

The Resuming Business Toolkit is designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings.

Resources for Texas Small Businesses

The following entities may operate at up to 75% capacity as of September 21, 2020, if the business is located in a hospital service area with low COVID-19 hospitalization rates.

Resources for Texas Workers

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages you to apply for benefits by utilizing the online claim portal, or by calling the Tele-Center at 1-800-939-6631 any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

How do I manage my remote employees?

Managing remote employees can be a challenge for any business, especially during these unprecedented times. As business move toward telecommuting and remote-work arrangements in an attempt to self-isolate, managers are tasked with transitioning their teams to the online lifestyle.

This adjustment requires leaders to look for ways to keep employees engaged and supported to ensure success.

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Manage remote workers

Get tips and insights on better managing remote employees.

Collaborating through the Coronavirus

Keep your team connected without draining their electronic and mental batteries

Effective telecommuting policy

Consider making telecommuting part of your work culture.

How to keep employee morale high during uncertain, virtual times

Reconnect with your employees and offer that tether to office culture they crave.

Office life under quarantine

How to adapt to working from home and thrive in your new normal.

How to support employees best during uncertain times

As a leader, you have the obligation to help your employees feel supported, and you have the opportunity to help them adjust and thrive during this uncertain time.

E.A.S.E into the transition of remote work

Use this infographic to learn how to manage productivity and lead your team to success while everyone is apart.

Remote accountability

How to build trust when your teams are working from home.

Essential management resources

From a telecommuting checklist to HR guidance and best practices, ThinkHR has put together helpful resources to assist you while managing workers from home.

Staying organized during the pandemic

How to stay on task remotely using Trello.

Do your employees have what they need?

How to prepare your employees to work remotely.

How to keep a fully distributed company engaged

It can work for everyone,' says WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, who oversees 1,100 employees in 77 cities.

3 creative ways small businesses are supporting employees with kids during the pandemic

Here are some low- and no-cost ways that employers can help parents and caregivers balance personal and professional responsibilities.

5 ways to improve employee communication during the COVID-19 crisis

Taking care of company team members should be a top priority. Leaders need to take the helm and steer the ship during these unpredictable tides—and ensure their actions are in the best interests of their employees.

Employee mental health and well-being guidance

We are all learning how to cope with a global crisis. Each day, there is a new challenge that we may encounter. Here are a few things that Google is doing to help our people take care of their mental health during these difficult and uncertain times.

How to Do Performance Reviews — Remotely

Approach them with flexibility, leniency, empathy and compassion.

What Your Coworkers Need Right Now is Compassion

Not judgement

How to Reassure Your Team When the News Is Scary

They’ll look to you for stability.

How to Communicate in a Crisis

A planful approach to your communications can make the difference for your employees.

Does your company have a long term plan for remote work?

Develop a clear vision to get you through an uncertain future.


Leading Remote Teams Effectively

Professor Heidi Gardner, Harvard Law School, discusses strategies to keep your teams focused.

What options do I have to keep my business afloat?

On March 27, the president signed into law a $2.2 trillion relief package—the largest in U.S. history—to provide aid to businesses, workers, and those unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our team of experts has broken down the resources provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to help you navigate these uncharted waters.

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What the law requires

The CARES Act will provide $2.2 trillion to businesses and individuals in need of aid.

FFCRA overview

Legal experts from Littler and Akerman law firms delve into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its impact on employers.

Groom Law Group discusses the Paycheck Protection Program

Legal experts break down how the Paycheck Protection Program can benefit small business employers and their employees.

Groom Law Group shares update on the FFCRA

Experts discuss the federal tax credit employers can use to offset some of the additional costs incurred during the pandemic.

4 things to know when you're facing a sudden cash crunch

Check out these tips to stay financially afloat in uncertain times.

Important tax incentives available through the CARES Act

Groom Law Group experts explain how the Social Security tax deferral and the Employee Retention Credit will work.

Learn about your rights

You may get access to some paid time off if affected by the coronavirus, but there are loopholes.

FMLA and sick leave changes

G&A legal partner, Littler Mendelson, P.C., share important details about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it could affect you.

FFCRA general FAQ

The U.S Department of Labor provides FFCRA Questions and Answers.

Title-by-title summary of the FFCRA

The Emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) took effect on April 1 and remains effective until December 31, 2020.

5 ways to fund your business amid the pandemic

Sourcing growth capital just got tougher, but not impossible.

What can I do to help my former employees?

It’s never easy for managers to deliver bad news. But having to layoff or furlough loyal, hardworking employees due to COVID-19 makes this already somber experience even harder.

We have provided a few resources to help you determine which route is better for your business. When it’s time to say goodbye, companies should consider putting together a list of resources for their outgoing employees. Below are a few we have created for you.

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How to decide your next move during the pandemic

Legal experts use Jimmy’s Deli, a sample business, to illustrate three different scenarios that explore options available to small businesses through the CARES Act.

Returning to work and rehiring

COVID-19 is changing the recruiting and hiring process.

Post-pandemic recruiting

The applicant pool is now deeper than ever. What can candidates do to stand out, and how should employers adapt?

Ease worries and fears during a layoff or furlough

It's never easy letting good employees go. Share critical resources to show you care.

Furloughs vs. layoffs

In lieu of layoffs, many major companies have decided to furlough employees. But what does a furlough mean, exactly — and how is it different from being laid off?

Remote recruiting

In-person interviews with job candidates are important, but there are other ways to ensure candidates are the right fit.

How to recruit and hire virtually

Many companies have gone completely virtual. If you're hiring, here's what you need to know to successfully adapt your recruiting process.

Valuable resources for the unemployed and furloughed

The Department of Labor and other government agencies offer several good resources for the unemployed.

Beware the influx of phishing scams

Keep yourself and your employees prepared for, and aware of Coronavirus phishing scams.

Remote work could cause a decrease in PTO

This pandemic may press employees to take less vacation time this summer.

How the Coronavirus Crisis is Redefining Jobs

Three ways to shift work, talent and resources to where they are needed most

Communicating Through the Coronavirus Crisis

Identify your key constituents and tailor your message appropriately.