Ath this point in time, many businesses have been forced to place a number of employees on furlough. This would be outside the realm of straight out unemployment, and, in an instance, where the businesses are intending to bring the employees back on board when re-opening occurs on a widespread basis. A central key is COMMUNICATION. Workers are afraid that they will not be able to pay their bills, that they may not be hired back, an just a general fear of anxiety and confusion over what the future will bring. The best thinng a business can do is to keep employeees informed, to the extent they can, as to decisions that are being made and projections for the future based on data that they presently possess.
Upon re-opening, to avoid liability for customer health, businesses must clearly display signs and adequate warnings so that customers do to avoid what many consider the obvious. This does not mean that, down the line, there will not be lawsuits from customers who will make charges that they were not adequately informed. Going forward, adequate communication means not only a stagnant sign telling customers to stay 6 feet apart and wear masks if possible. Signs need to keep up with the changes and explain not only the risks and dangers but also the impact that the businesses have taken and the new steps, if any that are being implemented to keep up with the times.
In the future, courts are not solely going to look at the businesses in a vacuum, but instead will consider whether the businesses have followed government guidance, similarly situated businesses, industry practices, and, most of all how a prudent business would have acted.