For businesses that are still open due to their essential function, for those that have shut down temporarily and have either laid off or furloughed their employees and for those that are chugging along remotely, human resources is a lifeline. HR’s function in any company is to be its heart and soul, walking the line between supporting employees and doing what’s right for the company every day.

In this whitepaper, we’ll look at some HR-related issues that many companies are facing because of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • What’s the general difference between a furlough and a layoff? 
  • What if an employee gets COVID-19? 
  • Who is eligible for benefits? 
  • How else can HR help both employee and employer during this turbulent time?

If you have any questions about furloughs or layoffs, please reach out to your local Alera Group advisor or email us at to be connected with a local firm. 

Furloughs, Layoffs
and More:
HR’s guide to employee issues during COVID-19
(and beyond)