The following checklist represents a high-level overview of potential issues to guide an organization’s thinking about reopening most effectively while mitigating business and compliance risks. Reopening orders at the state and local levels can vary significantly, and planning should take those requirements into account.
As employers increasingly choose to allow employees to work remotely, even as the workplace restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic wane, in many cases those workers are located outside of the employer’s regular work state. As a result, questions arise as to what laws, and state and local compliance obligations, apply.
Employers monitor off-site employees for numerous reasons—not simply to ensure productivity, but to protect trade secrets, avoid data breaches, track an employee’s physical location, and generally discourage or identify misconduct. Most recently, monitoring has been used for COVID-19-related contact tracing purposes. However, privacy-related legal pitfalls abound.
As the pandemic has compelled more employers to undertaking the hiring process remotely, what are the privacy and security risks inherent in conducting job interviews online, and what may employers do to mitigate those risks? Learn some actions to take in this checklist in order to protect employer and potential employees.
The COVID-19 pandemic sparked an exponential increase in remote work, as employers were forced to shut down offices with little notice and little opportunity to plan for the significant data security vulnerabilities of working from home. Post-pandemic, the virtual workplace likely will remain a permanent fixture of daily work life for many organizations. The challenge for employers that embrace a virtual work model will be to ensure the continued security of their data as new risks emerge.
Now that Covid-19 vaccines are in abundance, infection rates are dropping, and state and local governments are relaxing or removing the restrictions on the ability of employees to gather in groups, what should employers consider as they encourage their employees to become vaccinated and address employees who choose to not become vaccinated?
How can employers further their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives without inviting increased government scrutiny and potential litigation? This checklist for in-house counsel provides historical context, critical factors and next steps to take.
The pandemic has made clear that job security, benefit coverage, and continuity are vital to employees. Learn more about what employees should be aware of regarding their benefits and how employers can better serve them.
Regardless of the type of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) plan involved, fiduciary responsibility is unwavering, developing and increasingly in the spotlight. What can fiduciaries do to avoid legal exposure? This checklist provides context, definition of regulations, critical factors, and next steps to help in-house counsel plan for any legal exposure.
How can the workplace violence assessment approach help employers meet their obligations to keep the workplace and workforce safe from harm? In this checklist, learn more about the historical context, critical factors and next steps to take in order to ensure a peaceful and safe work environment.