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Click below to access all the latest COVID-19 updates and most important sources:


Disclaimer: While some portions can be used as is, it is strongly recommended that each of these documents are carefully reviewed to determine whether they should be appropriately customized to your company’s unique business, workforce, and specific situation; as well as to any applicable changes in federal, state, and local laws, regulations, guidance, and guidelines set forth by the governing agencies. The information and resources provided in this communication are not a substitute for experienced legal counsel and does not constitute legal advice or attempt to address the numerous factual issues that inevitably arise in any employment-related dispute. Any documents referenced here are sample resources based upon HR best practices and procedures. We recommend you consult an attorney for legal guidance. For our clients who have HR services including an assigned HR business partner, please reach out to your HR contact if you require any assistance in navigating through these resources and how any sample template can be utilized and uniquely customized for your particular situation. The templates contained herein are not all-inclusive. We have additional documents for our clients addressing multiple circumstances.

  1. Sample Return to Work from Furlough Policy
  2. Sample Return to Work Checklist
  3. Sample Return to Work Certificate
  4. Sample Protocol for Permitting COVID-19 Positive or Quarantined Employee to Return to Work
  5. Sample Protocol For Confirmed Or Probable Case Of Covid-19 In The Workplace
  6. Sample Posting to Keep Surfaces Clean to Kill COVID-19
  7. Sample Physical Distancing Poster
  8. Sample Notice to Employee Regarding COVID-19 (no quarantine)
  9. Sample Notice to Employee Regarding COVID-19 (advising to quarantine)
  10. Sample Letter for Essential Employees who Commute to Work
  11. Sample Interactive Process Checklist for ADA Accommodation Requests – Note: Clients with HR services can consult their HR Business Partner to further guide through this process.
  12. Sample General Refusal to Return to Work Form – HR or Management Use
  13. Sample FFCRA Employee Leave Request Form
  14. Sample FFCRA Leave Approval Designation Notice
  15. Sample Employee Travel Policy
  16. Sample Employee Temperature-Screening Record
  17. Sample Employee Temperature Screening Policy
  18. Sample Emergency Work from Home Policy
  19. Sample Emergency COVID-19 Leave Policy
  20. Sample COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire – Form
  21. Sample COVID-19 Employee Self-Screening Form
  22. Sample COVID-19 Employee Health Screening Log for Onsite Screening
  23. Sample Consent And Release Form For Health Screening
  24. Sample Furlough Recall Letter
  25. Federal Osha Guidelines To Determine If Covid-19 Case Should Be Recorded
  26. CDC Wash-Your-Hands-Poster-Spanish
  27. CDC Wash-Your-Hands-Poster-English
  28. CDC Handwashing-Poster-Spanish
  29. CDC Handwashing-Poster-English
  30. Sample Responding to a Positive COVID-19 Test Checklist
  31. Returning to Work Post COVID-19 Complete Toolkit

The following link includes a state-by-state chart that provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures issued in recent weeks, at the statewide level. Employers should bear in mind that these materials typically offer detailed instructions, which often vary by industry. As a result, it is important to review each order along with any corresponding official guidance to get a complete picture of all requirements and how they may impact each employer’s operations. The list will be updated regularly by the Littler law firm, but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made. The webpage will also include links to their interactive reopening map, as well as other posts summarizing statewide guidance on vaccination plans, face coverings, and employee health screenings.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many governors across the country have been issuing frequent executive orders. Provided is a list of each governor’s website, where their executive orders may be found.


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Multiple states have now passed legislation, or are in the process of passing legislation, that will shield businesses from litigation regarding transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. The legislation varies in how much it encompasses for each state, with some states only protecting businesses that are considered essential (ex: Medical care providers, and businesses acting in the food supply chain), while other states are creating standards specifically for COVID-19. The table provided below will include links to the legislation for each respective state.

AlabamaIn effectExecutive Order
ArizonaActiveSB 1377
ArkansasIn effect for the duration of the state of emergencyExecutive Order 20-33
FloridaActiveSB 72
GeorgiaIn effectSB. 359
IllinoisProposedSB 3989
IowaIn effectSF 2338
KansasIn effectHB 2016
LouisianaIn effectHB 508
MassachusettsProposedHD 5163
MichiganProposedSB 2023
MississippiIn effect for the duration of the state of emergencyHB 1783
New JerseyProposedA 4388
New YorkProposedA 10887
North CarolinaIn effectSB 704
OhioIn EffectHB 606
OklahomaIn effectSB 1946
South CarolinaActiveS. 147
TexasActiveSB 1377
UtahIn effectSB 307
WisconsinIn effectWis. Stat. § 895.476

You can find the most recent updates regarding interstate commerce issues by the DOT here.

All federal resources available to small businesses have been grouped together by the government here.

Immigrations Customs Enforcement has a page covering all their COVID-19 policies here.

The Environmental Protection Agency has collected their COVID-19 information into one place, here.

The USDA’s webpage about their COVID-19 information and practices can be found here

A comprehensive map of all active state travel restrictions can be found here.

For federal advisories related to COVID-19 and international travel use this website. (You may need to reload the page if it does not open on the first try.)

AAA has provided an interactive map showing the travel restrictions in the United States and Canada, found here.

The following link provides you with a chart that contains links to state agency websites, vaccine allocation plans, and other guidance related to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as basic vaccination plan phases. Note that the chart is not all-inclusive and does not cover municipalities, some of which have issued their own guidance. The purpose of the information is to give employers a general idea of what vaccine-related actions various jurisdictions are taking.

You can find the information here

To look up current state-specific vaccine mandate information, you can visit the following page: Link

To check federal and state mandatory employee vaccine information, please visit the following page: Link

*Please note that any new developments may or may not be present in the above resources, but federal updates to the OSHA ETS mandate, the CMS mandate, and the Federal Contractor mandate will all be covered by the media who releases updates the day of or the day after any developments have occurred. Please visit our Legal HR Updates page for related updates to vaccine mandates here

Please check with your local city/county, but a good summary of facemask requirements by state can be found here. Please be aware that multiple states are requiring citizens to wear face coverings while in public places.

Please check with your local city/county. A detailed interactive map of the entire United States can be found here (Zoom in on any state and city in the map to locate testing sites and place your mouse cursor over any of the marked areas for the information). A very detailed interactive map of California’s testing sites can be found here.

Please check with your local city/county as this chart does not include requirements at a local level. A breakdown of all is found here.

Please check with your local city/county officials.

  1. A website providing links and information about each state’s health departments, mask mandates, school closures, and other restrictions can be found here.
  2. The NY Times has a useful page showing the status of each state regarding their re-opening or closing status, found here (if somehow prompted, you can bypass subscription if prompted by continuing through and choosing not to subscribe).
  3. The National Governors Association has released a table providing links to statements made by each state regarding businesses re-opening, found here.
  4. A full list of statewide Return to Work protocols can be found here.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a variety of guidance documents, downloadable posters, and other printable resources:

Get the CDC guidance for specific industries, latest updates, and resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) main page.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created a landing page entitled What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19, which provides FAQs, links to resources, and guidance.

The EEOC has provided guidance for employers to help them stay in compliance with EEOC laws while preparing for pandemics. The guidance can be found here.

In response to COVID-19, the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin regarding HIPAA Privacy and COVID-19.

Mental Health and Coping page provides links to resources employers can share with employees as they navigate changes brought about by the pandemic.

Find resources and information on COVID-19 Testing, including types of testing, availability, and contact tracing.

The Human and Health Services department has compiled a guide on local community testing sites for COVID-19, here.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Accommodation and Compliance: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage links to resources for employers regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coronavirus.

The National Governors Association (NGA) Coronavirus: What You Need to Know web page tracks state initiatives and other state data.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a COVID-19 website for workers and employers that addresses the disease and provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposure and infection.

OSHA has also issued the publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (EnglishSpanish).

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued guidance entitled SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus, explaining how the SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The SBA also offers Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources.

This resource monitors and provides the latest updates regarding the rapidly evolving COVID-19 rules, restrictions, orders and guidance that affect how and when businesses across the country can reopen their workplaces to employees, clients and customers. These state and local measures cover a range of issues, including business restrictions, gathering limitations, and full-scale shelter-in-place orders. A more detailed breakdown can be found here.
This resource provides you with up-to-date, real-time information about bills related to and responding to COVID-19 that have been introduced in the 50 states. More can be read about the initial order here.
Featured Resources
Vaccination by State
Travel Restrictions/Advisories
Mask-Wearing Requirements
Testing Sites
Legal HR Updates


While not meant to be an exhaustive list, click on the letter of your state below to see what resources have been made available for any specific state. 

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