By: Thomas Law Group On: April 24, 2020 In: COVID-19 Updates Comments: 0

As Governor DeWine recently announced, businesses in Ohio will soon begin to re-open after the temporary shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In anticipation of going back to (the new) normal, now is the time to plan for a smooth transition.  It may be necessary to reassure customers, clients, patients, and employees, that you are able to conduct your business in a manner that ensures their health and welfare.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of legal matters any business should consider before it reopens:

1)      Did you lay off or reduce hours of staff? If you did, how did you do so and did you make any promises of rehire?

2)      Should you negotiate new contracts or revise current contracts? Should you present offer letters to rehire at will employees and on what terms? Have you considered the best way to onboard your rehired or any new employees?

3)      Do you have new policies and procedures in place to reassure employees, customers, and patients that you are operating in the recommended way to ensure their health?

4)      What restrictions or guidelines must your type of business follow?  Have you posted the required notices mandated by the Department of Labor?

5)      Do new state mandates require an update or revision to your manual or handbook? Are there new policies and procedures that your staff must adhere to?

6)      Will rehiring staff require compliance with recent regulations such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

7)      Have you received a federal relief loan and are you aware of their compliance requirements for the operation of your business and rehiring of your staff?

If you don’t have a plan in place to address these items, the team at Thomas Law Group can help. Our attorneys can work with your advisors, from accountants to human resource consultants, to help you make these critical business decisions to restart your business operations. We welcome an opportunity to work with you and your other business advisors to develop the best business plan during these uncertain and changed times.