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Never before has a nation been so eager to return to their commutes and cubicles. As states across the nation begin reopening their workplaces, employers face a host of new practical and legal considerations. This article summarizes the top 10 tips for employers when navigating this uncharted territory.

1. Implement a policy: Develop and disseminate a clear “Return to Work” policy addressing issues like workplace safety, testing, telecommuting and altered schedules, if any. The policy should designate a representative to receive COVID-19 related complaints and concerns, including reporting symptoms, a positive test or close contact with an infected person. Like other employment policies, it should communicate expectations while maintaining flexibility and discretion. Remember to apply the policies and practices consistently.

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