Coronavirus & the Workplace: Navigating an Employer's Legal and Safety Obligations

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First came the virus … then came the lawyers. How are you preparing for both?

As more employees return to the workplace, your HR department needs to take the correct steps now to protect employees from COVID-19 – and to protect the organization from the huge spike in virus lawsuits. But this has created lots of confusing and legally risky questions:

When must you let employees take FFCRA leave? What kind of testing and safety measures are required? Can you legally tell employees to return to work – or to keep working remotely? What’s your liability if a worker or customer gets sick? When a vaccine comes out, can you require employees to get it?

At the same time, your HR department needs to understand the new rapid-fire changes coming from Congress and federal agencies – new leave laws, safety requirements, wage rules and even changes to your I-9 duties.

On Thursday, November 12, discover the answers to the questions that are keeping employers and HR up at night. 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 training session will teach you:

  • A phased-in strategy to open and operate safely and legally
  • Legal requirements for PPE, cleaning, hygiene and social distancing
  • When and how to conduct testing (COVID tests, antibody tests, temperature checks)
  • How to respond when an employee tests positive
  • Best practices for operational changes (shift changes, workplace layout, etc.)
  • How to comply with the new emergency leave laws
  • When you can require employees to come to work … or to stay at home
  • The most common COVID-related employee lawsuits – and how to avoid them
  • How to handle all those remote employees … can they demand telecommuting options until a vaccine arrives?
  • How to bring back employees after layoffs
  • Which rights employees can demand as an ADA accommodation
  • New OSHA records you must keep (illnesses? testing results? safety measures?)
  • When a vaccine is available, can you (and should you) require employees to get it?
  • Other considerations like contact tracing and future immunity certificates

Plus, you'll be able to ask your specific questions about reopening challenges in your workplace.

Mistakes on any of these important points can lead to big-time safety, health or legal troubles in your workplace. Join us on November 12 to learn how to stay in legal compliance while creating a safe and healthy workplace for your employees and customers.



Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
The HR Law Weekly

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The HR Law Weekly newsletterP.P.S. Extra Added Bonus. You'll also receive 5 issues of The HR Law Weekly newsletter. Every Wednesday, our team of attorneys and HR pros reviews the latest case law and regulations that may impact you. We'll also show you how to "lawsuit-proof" your HR practices – from avoiding handbook mistakes to training managers on hiring and firing the right way, and much more. To make sure you continue to benefit from this advice, we'll keep The HR Law Weekly coming for just $79/quarter until you tell us "no, thanks."

100% GuaranteeP.P.P.S. We promise you'll be satisfied. If Coronavirus & the Workplace fails to meet your needs in any way, we will refund 100% of your tuition – no hassles, no questions asked. Your conference materials, 5 issues of The HR Law Weekly and registration bonus are yours to keep.

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About Your Speakers:


Carrie B. Hoffman is a partner in the Dallas office of Foley & Lardner, LLP. She advises and represents employers in litigation covering labor and employment issues in both federal and state courts across the country. She is also a trusted advisor to employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage-and-hour matters, OSHA, employment contracts and noncompetes, union avoidance and negotiations, leaves of absence, handbooks and harassment and discrimination issues.


John Litchfield is a partner and litigation attorney in the Chicago office of Foley & Lardner LLP and a leader in the firm's ADA & FMLA Compliance Team. His primary practice includes counseling clients and representing employers on a wide range of disability and employment-related matters, including disability accommodations, medical leave issues, wage & hour compliance and other state and federal employment laws.

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  • Thursday, November 12th
  • 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.