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Coronavirus and Other Contagions: HR and Safety’s Role in Preventing the Spread of Infection When a Potential Pandemic Strikes - On-Demand

Coronavirus & Other Contagions: HR & Safety's Role Preventing Spread of Infection During Pandemics - On-Demand

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Coronavirus and Other Contagions: HR and Safety's Role in Preventing the Spread of Infection When a Potential Pandemic Strikes - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn HR and safety management best practices for preventing the spread of the contagious and infectious disease in your workplace.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of Coronavirus (nCOV), a deadly strain of virus first detected Wuhan, China.

The CDC has already confirmed five cases—and two person-to-person transmissions—of the virus, which is similar to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and has killed more than 80 people worldwide and infected 2,800 or more.

To keep nCOV at bay, the Chinese government recently quarantined millions of people, and air travel into the United States from China is now restricted to arrivals at seven domestic airports with passengers undergoing medical screenings upon entry into the United States. But, despite efforts to manage the spread of nCOV, there is a growing fear that it could turn into a pandemic at any time now.

Employers should, therefore, be on high alert over how diseases like nCOV, measles, influenza, and other serious—and potentially fatal—diseases can spread. Fortunately, there are steps employers can take to proactively address compliance and health and safety issues when an outbreak erupts. 
Employers must also be aware of any and all leave laws (such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)) that apply when diseases such as nCOV become an issue in their workplace.

Use this all-new webinar with Attorney Alka Ramchandani-Raj on the specific HR and safety challenges the outbreak of contagious and infectious diseases like nCOV present for the workplace—and actionable strategies for minimizing the risk of an outbreak running rampant through your workplace.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Require remote work during periods when suspected incubation and transmission may have occurred
  • Reinforce sick leave policies and confirm when you may require an employee to stay out of work when remote work isn’t a possibility 
  • Communicate and educate the workforce on how the outbreak of a virus or other infectious disease can spread
  • Institute a temporary travel opt-out policy if necessary
  • Recognize when the need for mandatory medical examinations and quarantines could arise without violating disability rights under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), medical privacy rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or other laws
  • Enact common-sense business travel policies to minimize the risk of your employees getting infected with nCOV or other communicable diseases
  • Recognize that employees with the nCOV and employees with a child, spouse, or parent infected by the nCOV are entitled to FMLA leave (if the employee is eligible for FMLA leave)
  • Determine when an employee’s symptoms (or lack of symptoms) of nCOV require leave and when such leave should or should not count against an employee’s FMLA allotment.

About Your Presenter

Alka Ramchandani-Raj

Alka Ramchandani-Raj, Esq.
Of Counsel
Littler Mendelson

As an experienced employment lawyer with a concentration in federal and state occupational safety and health law, Alka Ramchandani-Raj assists employers with a wide range of complex situations with the workforce. She assists employers with pre-injury/illness preventative practices, including site inspections and policy development and helps employers who have experienced workplace injuries and accidents or are subject to a federal or state OSHA inspection. She has experience managing catastrophic workplace accidents or fatalities. 

Ramchandani-Raj regularly represents employers in Occupational Safety and Health appeals, settlement conferences, and hearings. She also has broad experience assisting employers with workplace violence issues including obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders to ensure the workplace is safe for employees. She also regularly attends advisory committee meetings as part of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and submits comments to proposed regulations. She is a core member of the firm’s Occupational Safety and Health and Workplace Violence practice groups, and a leading member of Littler’s OSHA Woman’s Group.

She also has extensive experience with general employment advice and counsel and litigation matters relating to terminations, retaliation, whistleblowers complaints, discrimination, harassment, ADA accessibility and state agency complaint defense. 

Ramchandani-Raj is a popular speaker on OSHA and employment related legal issues and she regularly provides training sessions for clients and professional organizations.