Changes to Employee Handbook In Light of the 2020 Pandemic


Author: Mark T. Wassell

Originally published in October 2020, as part of a "Tips" webinar

Copyright © 2020 Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Most employers recognize the advantages of having written personnel policies, which are typically found in an employee handbook. These handbooks contain work rules and information about fringe benefits.

Handbooks serve as a communication tool by which employers inform employees what is expected of them and what the employees can expect of the employer. They are usually reviewed on an annual basis to determine if additions or revisions to the policies are appropriate.

Many employers are updating their employee handbooks to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Others are attaching an addendum to their handbooks anticipating that the “new” policies will be unnecessary when the virus is under control and there is a return to the normal workplace.

Employers are supplementing their personnel policies to address:

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Sick leave policies
  • Vacation/travel policies
  • Telework policies
  • Workplace health and safety policies, including protocols in the event of positive tests at the worksite

Author: Mark T. Wassell

Originally published in October 2020, as part of a "Tips" webinar

Copyright © 2020 Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.