The wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is shaping up to be an era of great confusion and uncharted territories. Rightfully so, employers are uncertain about what their workplaces will look like in a post-pandemic world. Many business owners are seeking clarity on their responsibilities and duties to their employees during this time.
Some local organizations are holding forums and conferences to help local businesses understand their obligations surrounding the return-to-work and distribute resources on the matter. For example, in the July 2021 iteration of their monthly event, “A.M. Connect,” the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce (https://hbchamber.com/) facilitated a discussion on the matter of post-COVID return-to-work.
Our very own Kathleen M. Pratt, Esq. – Senior Counsel here at Workplace Legal, and Board Member for the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce (HBCOC) – spoke on this matter on behalf of the HBCOC at their “A.M. Connect” event this past Friday, July 9, 2021. Kathleen is based out of our Huntington Beach office, and is an expert on all things employment law, with nuanced knowledge about local Southern California community employment law requirements. She shared her knowledge with the event’s audience, dissecting Cal/Osha’s latest guidelines and describing how they impact return-to-work.
At Workplace Legal, we know firsthand about the challenges this transitional phase presents for business owners, especially considering California’s already-biased laws in favor of employees. If you are one of the many employers grappling with questions about the post-pandemic workplace, please reach out, and one of our resident experts will guide you through the return to in-person work. And, stay tuned to our blog for more updates to come.