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

Supporting an Effective Telecommuting Workforce
Guide to Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Understanding Employer Paid Leave Requirements Under FFCRA, Presentation by CIRAS
COVID Update Roundtable with Kelsey Knowles, Attorney at Belin McCormick, Webinar Content by CIRAS

Reference & Information Sources

Iowa Workforce Development

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Iowa Department of Human Services

ISU Extension and Outreach – Managing Personal Finances in Tough Times


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.