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COVID-19 Update for Businesses: Unclaimed Property + Returning to Work

Unclaimed Property Amid COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Unclaimed Property in the Workplace

Davis Brown attorneys are receiving more calls from employers wondering what they can and should do with property left at the office by employees who left quickly at the beginning of the pandemic and have since been laid off.

Nothing about this situation is easy for employers or their employees, including handling abandoned property. In addition to the normal efforts that employers should make to return personal property, the Iowa Treasurer’s office has a process that must be followed to turn over valuable property and unclaimed paychecks.

Unclaimed Property Held by an Employer

Returning to Work in a Pandemic

Changes necessitated by COVID-19 continue as companies consider and plan how to return to work with the threat of the virus. Employers are in a tough position as they try to return to any semblance of normal: balancing the practical considerations of keeping their workforce and workplace safe and the legal implications of how they do that. Davis Brown Law Firm Return to Work Document

The Return to Work Package was created by Davis Brown employment attorneys to help employers start the return-to-work conversation and provide a framework of considerations. For $1,200, employers can purchase the package that includes over a dozen customizable documents and:

  • Advice — a 30-minute consultation with an employment attorney
  • Tools — health screening questionnaire, temperature check log, self-certification form, customer certification form
  • Policies — Telework, Unsafe Working Conditions, Communicable Disease, Social Media, Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave for E-Paid Sick Leave and E-FMLEA
  • Legal Considerations — collective bargaining agreements, layoffs, E-FMLEA, temperature checks, OSHA, Paycheck Protection Program and more
  • Practical Considerations — PPE, social distancing, physical controls in the workplace, communication with employees and more



Other Coronavirus/COVID-19 Legal Resources

Davis Brown regularly updates the COVID-19 legal resources page providing interpretations of guidance from administrative bodies and new laws. If you have a question about how your business can adapt, please contact your legal counsel.

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates as well. See more on COVID-19 here.

Find these tips useful? Find more business tools and information by visiting the Business Resources page.

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