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

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

IPDH’s Jan. 8th Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Business, Industry, & Agriculture
Slides for IDPH Jan 8 webinar
IPDH COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy
IPDH COVID-19 Vaccination Information for the Public
IPDH Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutics Priority Distribution Framework
Iowa’s Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS)

CDC’s Updated Planning Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine during an Influenza Pandemic
CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations
CDC’s Roadmap to Implementing Pandemic Influenza Vaccination of Critical Workforce
Operation Warp Speed
CDC COVID Data Tracker – Vaccinations

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.