The Chief Legal Officer’s Role in Transition Back to the Workplace

Take Note – Insights for Legal Professionals June 2020

David W. Garland, Member of the Firm and Chair of the firm’s National Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Steering Committee, and Lori Lorenzo, Research & Insights Director of the Deloitte Chief Legal Officer Program, co-authored a Take Note – Insights for Legal Professionals, titled “The Chief Legal Officer’s Role in Transition Back to the Workplace.”

Following is an excerpt (see below to download the full version in PDF format):

Employers are confronting a myriad of decisions as the workforce—or at least some of it—transitions back to the workplace. The chief legal officer (CLO) has a key leadership role to play as the enterprise considers the decisions and risks related to workplace transition. …

Many individual state orders mandate that telecommuting should continue for roles that have demonstrated success doing so during the stay-at-home period. Thus, a determination of which functions must be performed at the workplace will be helpful. As CLO, you should encourage the enterprise to document job functions that have not successfully been performed from home during stay-at-home orders for use in determining which employees and jobs must return to the workplace. The reasons why particular roles must be performed in the office should likewise be documented. It is likely that your workforce will fall into one of two categories, although several combinations of pieces of these two categories are also possible.

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