As part of the phased reopening of New York State following the initial outbreak of COVID-19, businesses must establish safety plans. Even though they are not required to submit these to any state agency, the state may want to inspect the plans should an issue arise, Goldberg Segalla’s Christopher P. Maugans told Buffalo Business First.
Chris, a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor practice based in Buffalo, explained how businesses in New York should interpret Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for reopening and identified steps they can take to ensure safety while adapting to the changes that will inevitably arise in this fluid environment.
Best practices for specific industries are outlined on the New York State website, Chris pointed out.
“If there’s a way to do them, you might want to consider that,” he said.
Above all, the ability to be fluid will be crucial for businesses as the situation evolves.
Reopening safety plans “really shouldn’t be etched in stone,” Chris said. “Employers really need to adapt and they need to learn from their mistakes. “
Chris suggested that employers keep an eye on the news to see what they can learn from other businesses, and also keep employees engaged with business decision-making and with the evolution of the safety plan by frequently asking for feedback.
“I think that will go a long way in making employees feel safe and make the plan work the way it’s actually intended to work,” he said.
Attorneys on Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor team view our representation of employers as a strategic partnership aimed at protecting the enterprise and its leaders while helping the organization advance its management philosophy and maintain its company culture. We understand the risks employers face, along with the pressures placed on management, because attorneys on this team have experienced them firsthand as in-house counsel and human resources officers at various companies in multiple industries.