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Employers across Tennessee are making decisions they never would have dreamed of only a few weeks ago as the Corona Virus moves throughout the world. Most want to do the right thing for their employees because they know this is temporary and will want to continue their relationships as soon as things get back to normal. Here is a really good article on different ways TN employers can release their employees from work.
This is go into great detail of what your options are and those of your employees for:
- Remote Work
- Temporary Layoff
- Perminant Layoff
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a shift in the way our society operates, forcing businesses to adapt to mandatory closures, less foot-traffic, social distancing, and even quarantines. In these uncertain times, many businesses find themselves unable to keep their employees at work. You may be struggling to understand your options for your business and your workforce. The purpose of this article is to provide you with information about many of your options in these challenging times, to assist you in making informed and intelligent business decisions.
You may hear terms like “furlough,” “layoff,” “separation,” or “termination” used interchangeably to describe your options. These terms may refer to the same thing in a non-union setting, but in a union setting, your labor agreement may define them differently. We want to define these and other terms for the purposes of this article. “Remote work” means that the employees will continue to work from a location other than your office or facility. “Furlough” means that the employee is still expected to work, but with a reduction in hours or days of work. A “temporary layoff” means a temporary, finite or undefined period (depending on the business circumstances) where the employee will be off-duty without pay. With a “temporary layoff,” the employer has the intention of bringing the employee back to work when business circumstances warrant doing so, although depending on how things are structured, that may not be guaranteed. A “permanent layoff” means that the employee is terminated without cause, and there is no intention at the time of bringing the employee back to work.