Gutwein Law's Return to Work Resource Guide

by Karen Young

Whether your company or organization was deemed essential or not – we all want to be careful around co-workers and colleagues – as well as clients and customers – from now on. A multitude of articles have been published and posts have been posted on all the considerations to account for as businesses and organizations re-open their doors and bring back furloughed or quarantined employees. The list below is a compilation of the resources we believe will provide you with the most helpful information as you navigate returning your office, plant, school, or facility.

We will keep updating this chart with recent changes and additions that may impact your place of work and employees.

Source & Description



World Health Organization (WHO) – Data and guidance on COVID-19 from a global perspective


Latest U.S. Based COVID-19 Updates

White House – U.S. federally issued guidelines of a three-phased approach as Guidelines for Opening Up America Again along with the CDC’s document with initiatives to support this plan, includes interim guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness


The Council of State Governments (CSG) – List of all COVID-19 related Executive Orders, federal and by State

National Governors Association (NGA) – State by State info, regulations and tracker

Articles written on State-by-State COVID-19 guidance and status on Reopening


Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Landing page for all specific guidance from CDC related to businesses

Center for Disease Control (CDC) – FAQs for Businesses with various links included

Center for Disease Control (CDC) – The CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers is a great resource and is constantly updated

CDC guidance on Travel Restrictions and Exposure Related to International Travel

CDC’s Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting your Facility

Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Guidance for Educational Institutions Serving Children with Special Needs

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Workers Compensation Risk - OSHA issued new enforcement guidance reinstating all employers’ obligation to assess whether employees’ COVID-19 infections are work-related and thus recordable on OSHA Form 300

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – While COVID-19 reactions and guidance are evolving, employers should continue to follow the most current information on maintaining workplace safety

U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) and Health & Human Services (HHS) issued OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Industry  specific guidance on returning to work

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19:








OSHA Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Guidance to help Non-Essential Businesses Re-opening and Employees Returning to Work 

Critical Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – Identifying Critical Infrastructure during COVID-19

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – List of Disinfectants to Use against COVID-19

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – Guidance on food handling amidst COVID-19


EEOC with the ADA – Short document with helpful questions and answers from the EEOC and ADA

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – guidance on remaining compliant during COVID-19

Americans with Disability Acts (ADA) – COVID-19 does not suspend compliance obligations – Monitoring Employee’s Health amidst this Pandemic,in%20a%20timely%20manner.

Dept. of Labor (DOL) Coronavirus Regulations Expanding Paid Employee Leave – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including DOL posters to be put up in all businesses

Implementing Social Distancing in the Workplace

View a sample form policy to enact these guidelines.

Liability for Businesses Returning to Work


Indiana State Bar Association – Guidance for Reopening Your Law Practice