Kevin Carr and Megan Mullins, both of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, shared their insights for clients as we all move forward to the “new workplace.”

They identified three chief concerns:

The first concern involves maintaining employee expectations through planning and policies:

  • Safety
  • Communication
  • Understanding policies and federal/state law
  • Balance policies with expectations
  • Discussion of whether to institute a mandatory vaccine policy in your workplace, balancing concerns expressed by customers, varied employee opinions on vaccinations, health and religious concerns

The second concern involves managing the teleworking trend:

  • Impact on job descriptions, performance evaluations, job responsibilities and requirements
  • Employee expectations
  • Tracking hours worked and work completed
  • Communicating realistic standards
  • Avoiding micromanagement

The third concern involved legal considerations and risks:

  • FMLA is still in place
  • Changes to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the American Rescue Plan
  • ADA implications
  • Questions about hiring remote employees across state lines relative to taxes, leave, expense reimbursement, hours, etc.

We thank Kevin and Megan for sharing such great information and answering our questions during the meeting.

Click here to listen to the audio recording of the meeting.

We thank Don Meador and Holiday Inn and Suites Charleston West for sponsoring this meeting.