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As governments gradually ease lockdown restrictions, employers are considering how they can safely return employees to the workplace. This process presents a range of legal and employee relations challenges, sparking intense debate among businesses, employee representative bodies and legal commentators about how employees can safely return to work. Employees fear for their safety and employers are concerned about how to protect their companies from legal action.

The resources below offer insights from across Sidley’s many practice disciplines to provide timely perspective on what companies can do to address these challenges as their employees return to the workplace. As guidance on this subject may evolve quickly, we encourage employers to reach out to their Sidley lawyer with questions and for guidance regarding their specific situation. Qualified legal counsel can help ensure that employer policies, practices and decisions reflect the most up-to-date developments in the law as well as government and public health authority responses to COVID-19.

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