Reopening the Household Following COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted households and working families everywhere.  As states begin to reopen, employers across the country are constructing return to the workplace plans that incorporate changes to physical and behavior protocols within their buildings and office space. As employees look to reenter the workplace, many working parents are faced with a similar issue – how to safely reopen the home to household employees, including nannies, tutors, dog walkers, cleaning staff, etc.

Whether you’re welcoming back a former employee, or hiring someone new, it is imperative that you construct a thoughtful return to work plan for those reentering your household.  While an open and honest conversation about these challenges is a good starting point, the best source of protection is a written agreement between the parties, which formalizes expectations and eliminates areas of question down the road.  Your “return to the household” plan or contract should take into account the following principles:

  • Disinfecting and cleaning measures;
  • Social distancing protocols;
  • Employee screening procedures;
  • Employee safety training;
  • Absenteeism and payment terms.

To ensure a safe return to the workplace, whether in the office or one’s own household, the Labor & Employment Group at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. are available to help you construct a safe and effective plan and address any of your employment needs.

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