COVID-19: Workforce Considerations

The COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease) pandemic and related efforts to manage its spread has significant impacts to employees, their families and companies. The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University can help connect your business to the resources and experts related to workforce issues to help you work through these challenges.

Below are some resources to assist you manage and support your workforce and business:

CIRAS Checklists & Guides

Testing Employees for COVID-19
Employee Self-Screening Tool
Guide to Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Supporting an Effective Telecommuting Workforce

Reference & Information Sources

Iowa Workforce Development

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Iowa Department of Human Services

Virtual Recruitment Strategies

Changes to the FFCRA
Communication During COVID-19
Employees Reluctant to Return to Work
Testing Employees


If your business is impacted by COVID-19, CIRAS can provide no-cost assistance to help you understand your next steps. CIRAS has an emergency response team in place to help guide you through the recovery process. Send an email to and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.