The Disabled Workforce: Managing Leave During a Pandemic

Tasha Patterson@Work


Managing Leave During a Pandemic

By Angel Ho, Esq.

Senior Consultant
Shaw HR Consulting

Many employers have reported that 2020 saw their lowest leave levels in decades. Some hypothesize this was because so little travel was allowed. Others believe that U.S. workers may not have taken less leave, just reported it less. An employee working from home may not have had to report leave as it was not “seen” by supervisors. No matter the reason, all would agree 2020 was an anomaly year, and the need for leave management is expected to increase post-pandemic.

While many employers are considering making permanent changes regarding remote work and hybrid work environments, most employers should prepare for pre-pandemic leave levels to resurface. How, then, should human resource departments manage leave as the world comes out of the pandemic?

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