Provided by:  Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.
May 27, 2020
 
Question:
Jennifer, 

Several of my front desk staff are non committal on accepting return to work status.  What should I do?  I don’t see how I can keep them but I’m not sure how to fire someone who is already on unemployment? 

Thank you in advance.  

Dr. S 


Answer:

Many of your colleagues are facing similar challenges.   I recommend a memorializing email with staff after any phone conversation on your reopening plan.  Set a firm commitment date and be definitive that if the employee does not return or notifies they cannot return by the definitive date their position will be deemed resigned and/or you cannot rehire, whichever may apply.  Some may find it necessary to remind employees that in order to qualify for unemployment benefits, employment must not be available... 

Just a tip - As previously covered, most staff members will be looking to management to set forth a PPE and protective measure plan before they consider returning.   Try a proactive approach in presenting your plan prior to expecting a commitment to return.  

A secondary consideration for many - PPP makes now and the next several weeks critical for employee count.  You have a few weeks left to hire to meet FTE count for expenditure.  




 
K&K Recommended Roadmap to Re-Open
Written Protocols for Restoring staff. Adopting best practices for screening and cleaning. Protecting from liability.
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