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Labor Law: Return to the office and COVID-19 | Local Business News

By KAREN MICHAEL
Special correspondent

Employees working for the Commonwealth of Virginia must return to the office July 5, unless they receive permission to telework one day a week from the agency head. For additional telework days, the employees must seek approval beyond the agency head within Governor Youngkin’s administration.

The move by organizations to require employees to return to the office following the pandemic is gaining momentum throughout the country. For example, Elon Musk announced to Tesla employees that they must return to the office full time, 40 hours a week, reportedly telling employees if they don’t show up, he would assume they resigned.

Two years and three months into the pandemic, it’s time to get employees back into the office if they have been teleworking due to the pandemic.

I provide some advice on how to do this:

  • Be clear on the expectations. While Tesla’s…

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