Bradley attorney Anne Knox Averitt was quoted in the Birmingham Business Journal on the legal considerations businesses should keep in mind when preparing to re-open offices. Returning to the office is on the horizon for a growing number of companies, but with several coronavirus-related legal issues for employers to navigate, it could be a while before things fully return to normal.
“(Businesses should) be ready to navigate issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. After working from home for more than a year now, some employees are reluctant to return to the office, whether based on their own health conditions, family member health conditions or changes in child care availability … Many other workplaces, however, are better suited to operate in person. These issues are highly fact-specific, and you should consult your lawyer for guidance. You don’t want to avoid one legal issue and step into another,” Averitt said.
The original article, "From Vaccine Mandates to the ADA, Here are Tips for Avoiding Legal Headaches When Reopening," appeared in the Birmingham Business Journal on April 14, 2021.