The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a national online dialogue to obtain feedback on “Opening America’s Workplaces Again.” Businesses and workers are invited to participate in this new public forum and to provide comments through May 7, 2020. Specifically, the DOL seeks ideas and recommendations on what challenges employers and workers may face with a return to work and what companies and employees can best do to reopen workplaces safely. The information obtained will be used to guide the DOL in developing compliance assistance materials for return to work and to assist lawmakers in drafting policy on reopening businesses.

Through this online process, the public is requested to share ideas in six categories:

  1. reopening businesses;
  2. commuting safely;
  3. working safely;
  4. accommodating members of vulnerable populations;
  5. supporting America’s families; and
  6. reducing regulatory burdens.

In a press release, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia reiterated the important need for the public to participate in this innovative forum.  “As we continue to produce plans and guidance for safely and thoughtfully reopening the economy, we encourage all Americans to contribute their ideas and share their challenges through this online dialogue.”

You may join the public online discussion here by sharing your ideas and recommendations on these topics.   You may also provide comments on others’ suggestions or cast a vote on the ideas and recommendations offered.