Deciding which employees to return to the workplace following a furlough or temporary layoff, and in what order you’ll call them back, will require an individualized analysis for each organization. For those who aren’t sure where to start, we provide this as a starting point.

Company Needs

First, think about overall operations in the future. How busy do you expect to be? It’s best to slightly underestimate need; if employees stop their unemployment insurance (UI) claims only to be sent home again after a few days, their continuity of income
may suffer. It’s also easier administratively if you only need to furlough and then recall an employee once. And, you can always recall more employees once you’re certain the need exists.

Think about whether there are parts of the products and services you offer that will be more or less important in the future. For instance, a bakery might have very little event catering in the next few months, but may need more delivery drivers. If your company went through the Great Recession, how were you impacted by the economic downturn at that time? Which departments and types of jobs were most
essential as business resumed? Which were least essential?

Forecasting future staffing needs will likely require a lengthy discussion amongst the organization’s leaders as well as a willingness to change course as business — and the economy itself — fluctuates.

Please be advised that any and all information, comments, analysis, and/or recommendations set forth above relative to the possible impact of COVID-19 on potential insurance coverage or other policy implications are intended solely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as legal or medical advice. As an insurance broker, we have no authority to make coverage decisions as that ability rests solely with the issuing carrier. Therefore, all claims should be submitted to the carrier for evaluation. The positions expressed herein are opinions only and are not to be construed as any form of guarantee or warranty. Finally, given the extremely dynamic and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, comments above do not take into account any applicable pending or future legislation introduced with the intent to override, alter or amend current policy language.

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