August 6, 2021
The workplace landscape has changed for many employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, many have adopted a hybrid or full-time work from home model. In their Daily Journal article, “Risk Management Strategies for the Increasingly Common ‘Hybrid Employee,’” Senior Employment Counsel Corinne Spencer and Attorney Antwoin Wall explain that while there are numerous advantages to having hybrid workers, these benefits are offset by increased exposure to liability for employers.
The attorneys emphasize the importance of developing a sound risk management strategy for remote and hybrid workers to best mitigate risks of workplace injury, both mental and physical. There is also a new responsibility for employers to ensure that employees have access to all equipment they may need to stay safe, and are following the established plans by regularly checking in and communicating with employees about safety procedures. Employers must consider mental health, ergonomics, electrical and fire safety, workstation and other security measures, such as data and software security.
If you are interested in developing a hybrid or remote work employee safety plan and would like to speak to one of our attorneys, contact us here.
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