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Back to School During a Pandemic: How Employers Can Prepare

Anxiety and uncertainty face your employees as they prepare their children for the start of a new school year. As parents work through the challenges that come with virtual or hybrid instruction models, fear of another school shutdown is top of mind.

What does that mean for you as an employer?


As an employer you need to take stock of how the pandemic impacts your workforce as employees juggle multiple responsibilities. Develop a plan that will serve as your guide to answer questions, comply with regulations and consider requests that you’ve never handled before.

Take leave options, for example. Review your paid time off, sick, and other leave policies and become familiar with your compliance requirements, such as providing paid, job-protected leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A review of your policies can help ensure you are meeting compliance requirements, while minimizing the spread of illness by encouraging employees to stay home if they don’t feel well.

Steering your ship with a steady hand and open communication is the call of the hour.

Download our whitepaper to learn how you can prepare for these unprecedented times.

Contact us to learn more about how HR Works partners with clients as they prepare to mitigate these risks, support their teams and stay compliant.

HR Works, headquartered in Upstate New York, is a human resource management outsourcing and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States for over thirty years. HR Works provides scalable strategic human resource management and consulting services, including: affirmative action programs; benefits administration outsourcing; HRIS self-service technology; full-time, part-time and interim on-site HR managers; HR audits; legally reviewed employee handbooks and supervisor manuals; talent management and recruiting services; and training of managers and HR professionals.