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Workforce & Human Capital Management

Workforce Management in Response to COVID-19

The rapid onset of the coronavirus crisis stripped many employers of the opportunity to prepare an orderly retreat from the physical workplace. Following the government-imposed stay-in-place orders, employers shifted their attention to managing a remote workforce, coping with the financial impacts of the economy’s precipitous closure, and digesting the rapid legislative developments that ensued. While we do not know what the “normal” American workplace will look like after the pandemic, employers should plan now for this transformation. Our labor and employment attorneys will help you navigate the legal considerations of these complex and novel workforce issues, while keeping your organization and its most important resource – its people – front of mind.

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Our Approach

Our interdisciplinary team is devoted to keeping up to date on this evolving situation and the impact of new and changing laws and government guidance, and we are working hand-in-hand with our clients’ legal, HR, and business teams, bringing our legal insight and business-savvy approach to bear on the unique challenges employers are facing as a result of the pandemic and the resulting recession.

Regulatory Compliance and Response Strategies
  • WARN Act considerations
  • Labor relations
  • Recordkeeping
  • Workplace accommodations
  • Impact on visa status
  • Crisis and workforce communications
  • Adapting to a telework environment
  • Restrictive covenants and trade secrets
  • Telecommuting and safe transit letters
  • Reductions in force, furloughs, layoffs, and terminations
  • Disability-related inquiries and medical examinations
  • Privacy and cybersecurity concerns related to teleworking
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration considerations
  • Leaves of absence, including emergency paid leave benefits and other leave laws
  • Wage and hour compliance in the midst of salary reductions, telework and other challenges
  • Employer planning and implementation of RIFs, furloughs, layoffs and other cost-reduction strategies
  • Immigration requirements for remote work for foreign national employees
Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Short-term disability
  • Workers' compensation
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Unemployment insurance
  • 401(k) profit-sharing programs
  • Deferred compensation and other executive compensation issues

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Other COVID-19 Business Issues