THE POST-PANDEMIC WORKPLACE « Law Offices of Timothy Bowles | Top Employment Law Firm in Los Angeles


COVID-19 Motivated Expansions to Our Model Employee Handbook and Forms

The pandemic wind down is inevitable. We continue to assist employers to plan and implement sound policies and protocols as business workforces return under COVID-19’s receding shadow.

A current, thorough employee policy manual (handbook) and complementary written internal procedures and forms covering all major aspects of the workplace relationship permit managers and rank-and-file workers alike to know where they stand.

We have added critical provisions for wide range of new pandemic recovery issues to an already refined spectrum of model workplace policies and forms.

Our model forms and policies now include:

  • Pandemic recovery and prevention protocols;
  • Paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other federal and California requirements;
  • Employment application (including releases that acknowledge an employer’s use of pre-employment tests consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s constitutional privacy protection);
  • Form job description (again, setting the foundation for pre-employment use of tests);
  • Pre-employment procedures policy (properly positioning the above tests as aimed at job-related qualities rather than physical or mental disabilities);
  • Employment agreement (including confidentiality/non-disclosure of company trade secrets);
  • Alternative dispute resolution agreement (establishing private mediation and arbitration in lieu of court-filed complaints and limiting class action participation to the extent possible);
  • Meal and rest break acknowledgments (confirming employer provision of required breaks); and
  • Termination policy, checklist and standard release (to be applied with troublesome employees for greater protection against later, frivolous suits);

Our comprehensive model employee handbook includes:

  • Conditions of company employment;
  • Discrimination and harassment, prevention and handling (including new standards stemming from government response to COVID-19 conditions);
  • Employee compensation;
  • Employee benefits;
  • Employee job performance; mutual termination rights;
  • Employee privacy expectations, employer access to employee-maintained databases and social media guidelines;
  • Paid and unpaid time off;
  • Workplace health and safety;
  • Job-related injury or illness, including prevention plan priorities; and
  • Drug and alcohol policy; drug testing


To order or for more information, contact Office Manager Aimee Rosales at 626.583.6600 or email her at

May, 2020