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Responding to the COVID-19 Threat in the Workplace - On-Demand

Responding to the COVID-19 Threat in the Workplace - On-Demand

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Responding to the COVID-19 Threat in the Workplace - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: As employees are returning to work following the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are facing a myriad of legal issues that have surfaced as a consequence of the pandemic. In this webinar, employment law experts will provide practical guidance about such issues as establishing protocols to handle employees who may be positive for the illness, screening employees, responding to outbreaks, and mitigating the risk of legal exposure.



As states begin to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, employers are eager to get back to business but also worried about potential legal liability triggered by the virus. The risk of employees contracting COVID-19 is not the only liability issue for employers as privacy and discrimination also are concerns. Many employers are terrified that their efforts to protect employees’ safety will cause them to run afoul of the antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and privacy and discrimination claims employees may eventually make that stem from those actions.

There’s no one-size-fits-all when preparing a workplace to reopen. What is reasonable and acceptable for an office environment will be different from a retail environment, and different still for a manufacturing plant. While navigating those unique circumstances, employers must follow guidance related to a variety of laws, including but not limited to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act as well as state laws, regulations, and executive orders.

Employers must be vigilant now about putting in the right policies and practices as they make decisions and make sure they try to follow those policies and practices as objectively as possible.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Handle employees who may be COVID-19 positive
  • Understand effective and appropriate measures to conduct employee screening and mitigate the risk of a workplace outbreak
  • Handle employees who are afraid to return to work
  • Safeguard the confidentiality of employee health information while protecting workplace safety
  • Mitigate the risk of discrimination, retaliation, and other lawsuits
  • And much more!

About Your Presenters

David Johnson

David Johnson

A partner in Butler Snow’s Nashville office, David has practice Labor & Employment law for more than 20 years.  He is a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and has served as an editor of BLR’s Tennessee Employment Law Letter.

Jennifer Hataway

Jennifer Hataway

A partner in Butler Snow’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana office, Jennifer focuses on counseling employers with respect to a broad range of employment law issues.  She also has extensive experience in employment law litigation.

Robin Taylor

Robin Taylor

A partner of Butler Snow, Jackson, Mississippi office, Robin has many years of expertise in labor and employment issues, including counseling and litigation.  She is licensed in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.