Top resources for your toughest HR questions

Preparedness Plan


As some workplaces reopen and others make plans to do so, we may start seeing business as usual. However, if the coronavirus re-emerges over the summer or fall due to a decrease in social distancing and other factors, employers will need to be prepared for a return to remote work and other pandemic-induced workplace changes.

Smart HR professionals are making plans now—just in case—by taking the lessons they've learned in recent months and creating new policies and procedures so they're ready, if necessary.

For example, at the beginning of the year, many companies didn't allow employees to work from home, whether from fear that productivity would drop, technology concerns or other issues. Yet several new studies have found that remote workers have performed at the same or higher levels during the pandemic than they did when at work, and technology has held up just fine.

Read the rest of the article:
COVID-19: Prepare Now for a Possible Re-Emergence
SHRM | May 2020

As Coronavirus Spreads, Prepare Infectious-Disease Plans
SHRM | Feb 2020

Communicable Diseases
SHRM Resource Spotlight

Infectious Disease Control
SHRM Sample Policy

Coronavirus and Flu Prevention
SHRM Sample Memo

Social Distancing Guidelines at Work
SHRM Sample Poster

Where can I find a business continuity plan template?

                          Please complete the brief survey near the bottom of this page.

Additional Preparedness Articles

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Business Preparedness
Littler | Mar 2020

Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
World Health Organization | Feb 2020

Four Things All Employers Should Do To Prepare For The Coronavirus
Roetzel | Mar 2020

Workplace Coronavirus Response Plans Must Comply with Employment Laws
Brooks Pierce | Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Employers Should Plan, Not Panic
Foley & Lardner | Feb 2020

Planning for Coronavirus: A Necessary Business Exercise
Barley | Feb 2020

Related Reading

Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis
Harvard Business Review | Feb 2020


Coronavirus Resources

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Applicable Standards
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization

Index of COVID-19 Express Requests

Reopening Your Workplace
Reopening Your Workplace: Overviews
Masks/Face Coverings in the Workplace
Tips for Wearing a Mask in Summer
Recalling/Rehiring Employees
When Employees Refuse to Return to Work
Addressing Fears About Returning to the Workplace

Testing | Screening | Diagnosis | Vaccine
Testing Employees for COVID-19
Taking Employee Temperatures
Antibody Testing (or Not)
Responding to Employee's COVID-19 Diagnosis
Contact-Tracing in the Workplace
Mandating COVID-19 Vaccine

Employee Relations
Preventing COVID-19 Related Workplace Violence
Employee Travel Amid the Pandemic
Updating an Employee Handbook for COVID-19
Shadow Pandemic: Rise in Domestic Violence
COVID-19 Liability Waiver Considerations
Encouraging Employees to Take Time Off
Vacation Policy Changes Amid Pandemic
Heat Illness Prevention Amid COVID-19
Accommodating Workers at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
COVID-19 Myth Busters
EEOC Updates Coronavirus-Related Guidance
Communicating with Employees

Remote Workers
Remote Workers' Expense Reimbursement
Virtual Meeting Etiquette
Combatting Zoom Fatigue
Allowing Telework
Engaging Remote Workers
Remote Work & State Tax Issues
Monitoring Remote Workers

Talent Acquisition
Form I-9 Flexibility Due to EAD Production Delays
Virtual Onboarding
Preemployment Background Checks During COVID-19
Completing Form I-9 for Remote Workers
Documenting an Expired Driver's License on I-9 and E-Verify
Executive Order Restricts Employment-Based Immigration

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
FFCRA: School Reopening (or Not) Plans
General (Overviews, DOL Resources, More)
IRS FAQs on Tax Credits & Required Documentation
Decision Flow Charts
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Overviews of Implications for Employers
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Business & Nonprofit Relief
Employee Benefit Plan Provisions
Paycheck Protection Program (Loan Forgiveness)
Unemployment Expansion & Extension
Potential Relief for Government Contractors
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits

Compensation and Benefits
Lost Wages Assistance (Unemployment Benefits)
DOL on Tracking Teleworkers' Hours
Workers' Payroll Tax Deferral
Virtual Benefit Fairs
Health Carrier COVID-19 Premium Credits
COBRA Deadlines Temporarily Extended
Various Benefit Plan Deadline Extensions
Survey Reports: Pay Adjustments Amid COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Paid Leave; Enhanced FMLA; More)
Reducing Employer's Retirement Plan Contribution/Match
U.S. Wage and Hour Issues
Making Tax-Favored Disaster Relief Payments to Employees
Leave Donation Programs
IRS Relaxes HDHP Rules

Layoffs and Alternatives to Layoffs
Pay Reductions
Shared-Work/Work Share Programs
Layoff Alternatives
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
California EDD Work Sharing Program
Please also see under CARES Act (above):
Employee Retention Credit
Paycheck Protection Program

Essential Businesses and Workers
Essential Business Designation
Essential Workers: Identifying

Employer Resource Centers (U.S. and Global)
Preparedness Plan
Beware Phishing Scams

Member Benefit: Ask-An-Advisor Service
SHRM's HR Knowledge Advisors offer guidance and resources to assist members with their HR inquiries. Reach out now.

SURVEYTell us what you think about the Express Request service in four quick questions.

HR Daily Newsletter

News, trends and analysis, as well as breaking news alerts, to help HR professionals do their jobs better each business day.