Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19

How to Maintain a Robust Workforce During a Pandemic

April 24, 2020, Law360, by Braden Campbell

Hospitals and other essential businesses looking to maintain operations, as well as restaurants and retailers eyeing the quickest possible comeback, are running up against a tough question: How do we maintain staffing in a pandemic?

Many workers are understandably reluctant to risk their health for a paycheck, but their ongoing wariness about reporting to work has put their employers in a bind, attorneys grappling with this conundrum say. Businesses can entice workers with hazard pay, take a hard line and let workers go, or step up safety measures to assuage their fears and limit their exposure to COID-19.  But exactly what an individual employer should do – and whether it will work – depends on their unique circumstances.

“I kind of just have to give employers the lay of the land and discuss the situation and what they may be willing to do or not do.” McDonald Carano LLP partner Laura Jacobsen told Law360.  “Unfortunately, there’s just not a good answer here for some.”  To read the entire article click here.


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