COVID-19 Era Due Diligence Part 1

M&A buyers are still looking in the midst of uncertainty. However, buyers will be mindful of added risks caused by COVID-19. These are some talent-related questions that may come up in future due diligence:

• Did layoffs or other cuts impact the business’s ability to retain key employees?

• Did the business comply with state and federal laws related to layoffs and furloughs?

• How is employee health and well-being managed?

• Are policies AND cultural practices sufficient to protect employee safety?

• Do employees have the ability to work remotely – without frustrating workarounds?

• How well does company culture support engagement and accountability in a remote environment?

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