Yaaay! We Reopened! Now What?  

May 20, 2020 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that counties in the Capital Region can now start Phase 1 of the State’s reopening plan for non-essential businesses.  The Governor’s announcement comes as many credit unions, which as essential businesses have never completely closed, make plans for reopening lobbies and providing expanded services to the public.  As credit unions consider how best to reopen, here are some important points to keep in mind.

Most importantly, even as businesses begin to reopen, the Governor’s executive orders, many of which place restrictions on the type of interactions employees can have with each other and with customers, remain in effect.  For example, Executive Order 202.6 which was just updated yesterday stresses that

“Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health (DOH) and every business, even if essential, is strongly urged to maintain social distancing measures to the extent possible.”

In other words, essential business or not, your credit union must be taking common sense steps such as re-configuring workplaces, minimizing unnecessary interactions between staff, providing PPE when needed and of course minimizing travel.

Although you won’t find this in any of the Governor’s Executive Orders, I also hope that you have taken the time to review your HR policies and procedures.  Among the issues that need to be considered are: how best to deal with employees nervous about going back to the office, parents who don’t want to send their kids to summer camp or day care centers and how to determine if an employee is too sick to be in the office.  This is, of course, a small sample of the issues that you and your Senior Staff should be considering as you prepare for the “new normal”.

If this blog is somewhat redundant it’s because my major concern is that we are all so anxious to get back to normal that we think of the pandemic as an unpleasant but ultimately temporary period of time as opposed to an event which has fundamentally altered the way things are done going forward.

 

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Authored By:

Henry Meier, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel, New York Credit Union Association.

The views Henry expresses are Henry’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association. In addition, although Henry strives to give his readers useful and accurate information on a broad range of subjects, many of which involve legal disputes, his views are not a substitute for legal advise from retained counsel.

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