As businesses continue to struggle with the effects of COVID-19 their attention is quickly pivoting to re-opening as Lehigh and Northampton Counties approach a transition from red to yellow in the governor's re-opening plan. This includes new decisions and procedures on when and how workers return safely to work. Managers must navigate many issues: operations, culture, health, and legal. The legal aspect was the focus of this meeting as employers look to comply with all legal requirements in a dynamic environment.
The meeting's format paralleled that which has become the standard for the Executive Forum's virtual meeting and order of business. This includes time for individual members to provide a personal update to the group as well as their "thank you" to other members. Following this were announcements from the executive committee and the featured presentation.
Keely Collins, from the law firm of King Spry, presented on "Returning to Work - Post Shut Down." Her presentation addressed the main areas of legal concern for business owners followed by answering member questions. Collins responded to numerous member questions from a number of industries and included: protocols for returning to work, taking temperatures, sanitation, and social distancing. She even addressed enticing employees who are resistant to return to work either due to lack of motivation, a legitimate health issue, or even a mental health condition.
Even during this COVID-19 pandemic we continue to strive to be the preeminent business resource group in the area, and we are proud to continue to offer high-quality and timely resources to our members, like the expertise of Keely Collins.