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23 Resources to Help Employers Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This collection of COVID-19 resources helps employers navigate the transition into the “new normal.”

Posted by Ann Snook on May 26th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how we live and work. Employers and employees alike feel uncertain and overwhelmed trying to keep up with the latest recommendations, regulations and best practices. This has become especially confusing as certain counties, cities, states and countries ease closures while others retain strict guidelines.

These helpful COVID-19 resources can help you adapt to doing business in the current environment, from managing remote workers to creating a safe workplace.


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1. Returning to Work After the COVID-19 Pandemic: A 6-Step Plan


Going back to the office after COVID-19 might feel awkward, scary or confusing for employers and employees alike. While your workplace might never return to how it was before the pandemic, it’s important to find a balance between safety and a sense of normalcy. Read the six steps you need to prepare your office for employees’ return to work here.


2. COVID-19 Insurance Fraud: 5 Things You Need to Know


Existing fraud schemes spike and new ones emerge in times of crisis. In this article, experts from from the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud predict insurance fraud trends that they expect to see during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article here.


3. Conducting Remote Investigations with Case Management Software


Investigations can’t be put on hold. Whether you’re working remotely permanently or to comply with physical distancing measures, investigating becomes more complicated when you can’t interview or collect evidence in-person. Learn how to conduct secure, thorough and high-quality investigations remotely here.


4. How to Discourage Time Theft When Employees are Working From Home


Employees may have trouble adapting to remote work, especially if they have to juggle other responsibilities such as child care. Rather than berating them about time theft, trust employees and encourage them to stay productive with these five tips.


5. 12 Ways to Support the Mental Health of Your Remote Workers


Remote workers are prone to feelings of isolation and burnout. Offering mental health support to employees working from home not only benefits them, but also increases their productivity. Learn how to promote mental health for these employees here.


6. Health and Safety Issues When Employees are Working From Home


Managing employees’ health and safety when they’re working from home is a unique challenge. This article outlines common issues remote workers face, what employers are responsible for and how to manage risk. Read it here.


7. 4 Fraud Risks You Face When Employees are Working Remotely


An unsupervised work environment, such as a home office, is ideal for some workplace fraud schemes. Learn details of four types of fraud remote employees could commit and steps employers can take to mitigate risk here.


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8. Employees Working Remotely? Beware of These 6 HR Issues


Remote employees may struggle with low morale, poor team dynamics, low productivity and more. Employers should address these issues before they escalate to protect both employees and the company. Read how here.


9. Coronavirus Response for Employers: What You Need to Know


Employers are responsible for protecting their employees, which can feel daunting during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article outlines workplace steps and procedures to take to keep workers and the public safe. Read it here.


10. Through the Lens: Tips for Conducting an Effective Video Interview


Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, investigation interviews have gone digital. Investigators may struggle with aspects of video interviews, including determining credibility, setting up equipment and securely sharing documents. In this free webinar, employment attorney Allison West shares best practices on how to effectively interview when you can’t meet in-person.


11. Remote Work Policy Template


Whether you have permanent remote employees or staff is just working from home during the pandemic, your organization needs a remote work policy. Setting expectations and responsibilities helps guide employees, reducing the risk of confusion or lawsuits. Download the free, editable template here.


12. Returning to Work After the COVID-19 Pandemic HR Checklist


As more cities and states reopen, this checklist is one of the most essential COVID-19 resources for every employer. Print it out and tick off every item to ensure your workplace is safe and ready for employees to return. Download the checklist for free here.


13. Families First Coronavirus Response Act Cheat Sheet for Employers


In the United States, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers to expand leave for employees for reasons related to COVID-19. This handy cheat sheet explains the Act’s requirements and which organizations it applies to. Download it for free here.


14. Coronavirus Response Checklist for Employers


As an employer, you should make the workplace safe for workers (if they are coming into the office) while also complying with relevant employment and privacy laws. Download this free checklist to ensure you’re taking every step to protect employees’ health, wellness and personal information.



15. COVID-19 Employer Quick-Reference Considerations for Employers


This article from from business law firm Osler answers questions employers may have about conducting business during the coronavirus pandemic. From dealing with employees who have been exposed to the virus to establishing a safe work environment, employers will learn best practices for a healthy, compliant workplace. Read the article here.


16. Model Announcement to Employees About Positive Test


What happens if one of your employees is exposed to COVID-19? The rest of your staff needs to know this information and what it means for them. This template helps you communicate the message while respecting the infected employee’s privacy. Find it here.


17. COVID-19 Layoff and Furlough Checklist


Unfortunately, many companies have to reduce staff to stay afloat during this economic crisis. This checklist defines the differences between a furlough and a layoff and include steps to take to carry out each one. Download it here.


18. Remote Onboarding Guide


Remote work was already becoming a trend, but COVID-19 has led to many organizations embracing the practice as a long-term safety measure. If you plan to welcome new employees, that means remote oboarding processes. This guide explains how to onboard employees effectively when you can’t meet them in person. Download it here.


19. Contact Surface Sanitization Checklist


A clean, sanitized workplace has never been more important. However, when you’re cleaning a large office in a stressful time, it’s easy to miss a spot. Print and complete this checklist to ensure your office is safe for employees. You can find the checklist here.


20. Using a Pandemic Recovery Plan Template: A Free Download and Guide


This step-by-step guide explains how employers can build a pandemic plan. It includes guidance on how to customize a plan for your company, as well as a planning template. Read it here.


21. COVID-19: How Leaders Can Make a Difference to Support Employee Mental Health


Employees are looking to their employers to not only support their physical health, but also their mental wellness. This webinar discusses how to help them through policy changes, balanced communication and other tactics. Watch it here.


22. Employee Trust is Essential Right Now. Here’s How to Start Earning It


With employees working remotely and looking to their employers for some stability in this uncertain environment, establishing trust is a must. This article explains how to establish and sustain mutual trust between employees and employers to build a strong, productive company.


23. COVID-19 Office Safety Poster


Employees might be nervous about returning to work and need guidance on how to keep themselves and their coworkers safe from the virus. Posting reminders in places like hallways and the break room encourages employees to adopt healthy and safe habits. Raise awareness COVID-19 office safety by hanging this printable, customizable poster in common spaces.


COVID-19 Resources for Employers


Trying to keep a business afloat in this time of crisis can be overwhelming. These resources can help employers make sense of how to support both employees and their companies while complying with best practices and regulations.

Ann Snook
Ann Snook

Marketing Writer

Ann is a marketing writer at i-Sight Software. She writes about issues related to investigations of fraud, employee misconduct, corporate security, Title IX, ethics & compliance and more.

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