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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recall and Retention Ordinances

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

As conditions improve during and following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some employers may reinstate employees previously placed on furlough or laid off.

However, a return to work may vary significantly for employees due to multiple factors, including:

  • The varying regional recovery from the pandemic;
  • The differences in state and local reopening orders and responses; and
  • Changes in business strategy due to market forces.

The recall and retention process begins when first deciding whether to place an employee on furlough, temporary layoff or permanent layoff and any attendant recall expectations at the time of the initial employment action. However, there are many steps for employers to grapple with when it comes to recalling former employees.