From Inc. This Morning:
Last week, I wrote here about simple tips for how to reopen your business safely, once your state legally allows it. Equally importantly, there are some crucial mistakes you’ll need to avoid upon reopening--especially if you want to avoid legal liability, public health risk, and low employee morale.
Inc.com managing editor Lindsay Blakely spoke with Travis Vance, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based partner and the chair of the Covid-19 task force at the labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips. Vance offered five important--and surprising--tips on what not to do when making your reopening plan. One such suggestion: Don’t automatically adopt a company-run temperature-taking operation. It introduces at least three big logistical challenges:
• Keeping that biometric data private once you collect it
• Fairly compensating employees for the time they spend waiting to get their temperatures taken
• Keeping everyone in line safe while they wait
You may not have a choice. Some states may issue reopening guidance that requires companies to take employees’ temperatures. If that applies to you, Vance says, make sure to “collect as little data as you can.”
Blakely’s story is full of useful tidbits like that, so give it a read to learn what else your reopening plan must avoid. You’ll be glad you did--legally, professionally, and personally.