The Changing Workplace, Part 2: Creating New Workplace Safety Policies

The Changing Workplace, Part 2: Creating New Workplace Safety Policies

In the past, once a decision was made to implement a change in workplace policy, a company could plan that the policy would stay in place for the relatively long term. Not anymore. 

“Gone are the days where HR and legal teams could have a phone call on Monday, make the change effective on Friday, and not talk in-between,” says Claire Deason, an employment and labor attorney and shareholder with Littler, one of Workday’s product compliance law firms.

That’s because with government guidance and laws around COVID-19 changing so rapidly, there have been situations where Deason has had to change her workplace policy guidance for clients within the same day. 

To make matters even more complicated, requirements for handing safety and health issues during the pandemic vary considerably from one locality to the next—often from county to county—and change regularly. That’s the landscape companies are facing as they adjust policies around the highly critical issue of workplace safety. “It has been very challenging for employers to stay on top of, and for that reason, HR and legal are working closer together than ever before,” Deason says.

In part two of this Q&A with Deason, she offers her take on designing

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