Coronavirus & the Workplace:
Legal Update for Employers and HR



The fast-spreading coronavirus presents several unique legal and practical challenges to U.S. organizations involving multiple laws, both old and new. And EVERY employer needs to be taking steps now to protect employees, prevent legal liability and address how work will be done during these massive business disruptions.

Plus, your HR department needs to understand the new compliance obligations coming from the rapid-fire changes in Congress and federal agencies—new emergency leave laws, a first-time paid FMLA requirement … even changes to your I-9 duties.

On Wednesday, April 8, our special Coronavirus & the Workplace webinar will explain the best (and legally safe) steps that your organization must  take now in response to this worldwide threat.

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This timely webinar will explain your responsibilities related to employee leaves of absence, shift changes, remote work, furloughs, related wage-and-hour issues, and potential reductions in force. Specifically, it will answer questions such as:

  • What changes are needed now to your pay and leave policies?
  • How does the new paid FMLA and emergency leave law work (Families First) – and what should you tell employees now?
  • Can employees refuse to work or travel due to infection fears?
  • Can we require employees to stay home if they appear sick – and what should we tell other employees?
  • What safety measures does OSHA require – staff training? offering masks to employees? special workplace cleaning?
  • For employees who now work remotely, what legal/pay issues do we need to be aware of?
  • Since "medical inquiries" are illegal, can we ever ask employees about their potential illness or their travel?
  • Some employers have begun checking workers' temperatures with "thermometer guns" – is this illegal?
  • If we have to close temporarily, do we have to keep paying employees (and offer insurance)? What about WARN Act notices?
  • And many, many more … plus you can ask YOUR specific question of our legal expert.

Regardless of size, every organization must be able to answer these types of questions and quickly respond to unexpected changes in this environment. Now is the time to get you and your executive team up to speed on the current threat and how to handle it (the legal way).

Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
HR Specialist

book coverP.S. Registration Bonus. What type of medical questions can you ask employees? When can you require medical tests? In March 2020, the EEOC published guidance for employers on questions like these in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. Our new special report, Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace: Employer's Responsibilities and Rights Under the ADA, distills this information in Q&A format, plus offers additional advice on how your organization should respond to this new threat.

100% GuaranteeP.P.S. We promise you'll be satisfied. If Coronavirus & the Workplace fails to meet your needs, we will instantly refund 100% of your tuition. Your course materials and registration bonus are yours to keep. No hassles, no questions asked.

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About Your Speaker:


Katherine Dudley Helms is the managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins' office in Columbia, SC, and she has been a leader in the law firm's training on the coronavirus and its impact on employers. Katherine has extensive experience representing employers in courts at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. She regularly counsels employers on workplace issues, helping businesses of all sizes address both practical and legal considerations. Katherine is also a frequent speaker and trainer on all matters of employment law.

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  • Wednesday, April 8th
  • 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET
  • 10 - 11:15 a.m. PT

Since this is a webinar, you and your entire staff can attend in the comfort of your office or conference room for one low price! You may include as many people as you wish while listening on a single phone line or computer. Contact us for multi-site discounts.