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Balch Partner Doug Kauffman Shares Insights with Yellowhammer News as Alabama Economy Prepares to Reopen Post COVID-19 Shutdown

Doug Kauffman, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the Labor & Employment practice, shared his insights with Yellowhammer News on April 20, 2020, regarding the reopening of Alabama’s economy and return to work operations.

In the article, Doug explained that businesses need to carefully consider how they manage employees based on what he identifies as four categories: (1) those who have recovered from COVID-19, (2) those who are healthy but anxious about returning, (3) employees identified as high-risk and, lastly, (4) people who want to return to work but have a practical difficulty such as childcare. Doug shared that businesses understand the workplace environment will be different and they anticipate changes as they resume day to day operations. 

Doug has been actively advising business clients as they navigate new challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the calls to reopen businesses intensify, Doug is helping guide clients in their return to work planning and preparation. 

Doug assists employers manage their most valuable assets —their employees. For more than 20 years, he has counseled large and small employers, helping them stay up to date on the law, regulations, and best practices with respect to employment compliance. When issues arise in the workplace, Doug provides real-time solutions. He also handles complaints or audits by various government agencies, such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he litigates all employment issues in court.