Most employers create their own return-to-work strategies and few have returned their full workforce to the office, according to a survey released Thursday by Philadelphia-based law firm Blank Rome LLP.
The company surveyed executives at 150 companies in a variety of industries in July, revealing that 70% of employers develop their own written return-to-work strategies based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their own government and local executive orders.  Some 92% of managers said that their companies require masks and social distancing and 93% said that their companies have improved cleaning protocols, the survey revealed. Just over a third said their company will try to conduct contact tracking after an employee tested positive for COVID-1
More than half require daily temperature checks and a daily health screening, but less than 2% require coronavirus or antibody testing.
However, about half of employers said they had 15% or less of their workforce in place, and only 19% said that three quarters of all their employees were back at work.  About 8% of employers said they require employees to sign exemptions before returning to the workplace, but 73% said they did not pursue employee exemptions at that time.
About 20% of employers said they received COVID-19 related complaints in July; about 16% were for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 10% or less for discrimination or retaliation and the majority were labeled as "others."
Slightly more than half of employers believe that they could return to "business as usual" in less than a month if the pandemic ended, and 57% admitted that they are "less hopeful" that things will start to return to normal when they was in Blank Rome's April survey of managers.  More insurance and labor news about the coronavirus crisis here . Catalog