Companies and organizations worldwide are facing a difficult question: As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic shifts gears from emergency to maintenance, how can we reopen and run our businesses — from Day One and beyond — in a manner that preserves jobs and generates revenue without risking the health and safety of our employees and customers? The answers to this question are not simple, nor is there a one-size-fits-all solution.

This Back to Work Toolkit, prepared by Jones Walker, is a compendium of best practices that apply to many types of businesses and industries. Our goal is to provide a concise, issue-driven resource and a range of recommendations that can be used as a platform upon which you can stage an informed, practical return to partial or full business operations.

In this toolkit, we provide information to respond to the following questions:

  • “How can I make sure that my business reopens – and remains open – in a timely and safe manner and in accordance with appropriate guidelines?”
  • “This pandemic has underscored the importance of my employees and managers, how can I establish flexible, meaningful employment policies and practices that will protect the health of staff and encourage them to do their best work?”
  • Agency guidance on federal, state, and local tax policy, health and welfare benefits, and executive compensation, is being updated constantly in response to COVID-19. How can I ensure that my company’s tax and human resources operations and strategies support a reboot of my business?”
  • “How can I determine whether my business is covered for COVID-19-related issues under existing insurance policies, and what options do I have for limiting future risks or liabilities?”
  • “Now that my real estate property is open to the public, what should I and the building occupiers consider to ensure a safe and healthy environment for reopening?”

As time progresses, new ideas and information will undoubtedly become available. While we all recognize that this is a process and our reactions must be fluid, we know that business disruption has been and will continue to be a certainty for the foreseeable future. Jones Walker is here to partner with you as we navigate this time and will utilize all resources available to assist you.

To review the Back-To-Work Toolkit, click here.