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Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19

Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19

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Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19

Virtual Conference now available On-Demand.

Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19 provides the information your organization needs now as it prepares to reopen. This includes not only determining the ‘“who, when, and how’” of bringing your workforce back, but also planning how you will aim to keep them safe, whether by temperature and symptom checks or social distancing in the workplace. This event also covers human resources topics such as employee leave, wage & hour and benefits issues, and areas in which well-meaning employers could find themselves liable for violating employee rights, and other potential risks for employer liability.

During the Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19, you can earn valuable CEUs and have access to frequently asked questions of our expert speakers!

Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19 delivers the answers you need now on:

  • Social distancing practices in the workplace
  • Health, privacy, and employer liability issues
  • Leave issues (FFCRA, FMLA, PSL)
  • Wage & hour and benefits issues
  • Employee rights and protections

Who should attend?

  • HR managers
  • HR directors
  • HR generalists

After participating in this education, you will be able to:

  • Ensure that your leave policies and practices are in compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes emergency family leave and emergency paid sick leave
  • Identify social distancing practices that can be implemented in the workplace—and how distancing measures will impact your workplace policies
  • Balance the need of ensuring the health of your workforce with employee privacy requirements
  • Properly restart benefits and navigate applicable ACA rules
  • Understand the myriad wage-and-hour issues you may need to address as employees return to work
  • Guard against your organization’s vulnerabilities related to potential discrimination or retaliation claims
  • Watch for signs of union activity at your workplace in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Attendees will also receive a PDF of 20 FAQs related to Reopening the Workplace answered by BLR’s in-house team of Legal Editors and subject matter experts!


Impact of Distancing on Return-to-Work Planning, Practices, and Policies
1:00 p.m.  –  2:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Brad Federman, PerformancePoint LLC

Employers must plan in advance which measures they should take to facilitate social distancing practices in the workplace and keep their workers safe. This session will discuss your options and what physical changes may be required in the workplace and workspaces.

This session will also discuss the process of strategically reintroducing your employees back into the workplace—planning the who, when, and how of allowing your employees back into your offices or facilities and limiting the amount of employees in a building at any one time in the early stages of reopening. It will also look at how distancing in the workplace could impact your organization’s policies and practices, including hiring/interviewing practices, travel policies, and others. The session will also address telecommuting, which is certain to play a much larger role in this new workplace reality. Many employers will have employees with work-from-home arrangements for the first time—or have a much larger number of telecommuters than it did before—and will need to be aware of all policy considerations.

Health, Privacy, and Employer Liability Issues
2:15 p.m – 3:15 p.m. Eastern / 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
Kara Shea, Butler Snow

This session includes employer best practices to slow or eliminate the spread of infection in the workplace, such as temperature checks, screening for symptoms, and/or testing for COVID-19. It will discuss weighing the health of your workers against ADA and health privacy concerns (HIPAA). For example, is it permissible for you to identify individuals who show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 to those with whom they work closely or have come into contact? How should supervisors be trained? Should they ask employees who call in sick if they are experiencing symptoms? Should they immediately send a coughing employee home? This session will discuss these types of sensitive and complex scenarios.

The session will also address an employer’s duty to keep its workers safe and address questions such as: 

  • Does workers’ compensation apply when an employee contracts COVID-19 from a coworker?
  • Under what circumstances could an employer be at risk for potential negligence or wrongful death claims (of an employee or their family member)?
  • What are the proper steps to show you are doing your due diligence?

Employee Rights and Protections
3:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 12:30 p.m – 1:30 p.m. Pacific
Brian Garrison, Faegre Drinker; and Matthew Parker, Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP

Aside from taking measures to keep their employees healthy and safe, most employers will be focused on getting operations up and running again. However, they must also ensure all employees are being treated fairly. This session will address scenarios that—if not handled properly—could violate employee rights and protections. Topics in this session will include:

  • Antidiscrimination and antiretaliation concerns, including a review of any new antidiscrimination laws relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Handling employees who refuse to return to work citing fear of COVID-19
  • WARN issues (e.g., what if you have to close your facility again because someone tests positive?)
  • Disparate treatment based on protected characteristics as to who will be screened and excluded
  • Employee claims of religious exemption to health testing

This session will also address union and labor issues such as NLRA/concerted activity and employee rights to discuss workplace conditions related to health, and the potential increase of union activity due to employees not feeling protected or struggling financially.

Leave Issues Related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: EFMLA & EPSL, FMLA, PSL
1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Teresa Shulda, Foulston Siefkin LLP

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes emergency paid family and medical (EFMLA) and sick leave provisions (EPSL) that will remain in effect through December 31, 2020. This session will address myriad leave issues employers will face in the coming months, such as:

  • How to deal with the EFMLA and ESPL in regard to state sick and family leave laws and existing company policy
  • Administering leave, including the paperwork, when you often won’t be in the same place as the employee
  • How to either rewrite an existing policy or implement a temporary policy so that the company is in compliance with the EFMLA and EPSL
  • Accurately tracking time/counting days
  • Making sure supervisors are trained to correctly handle requests from employees that relate to these laws

Wage-and-Hour and Benefits issues
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Eastern / 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
Lake Moore, McAfee & Taft; and Brad Williams, Holland & Hart

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on employers in several ways, including measures such as employee furloughs, pay reductions, and work-hour reductions. As the workplace reopens, employers may find themselves dealing with myriad wage-and-hour considerations and challenges, beginning with determining whether they can return their workers to their pre-pandemic schedules and pay. Employers may also find themselves dealing with an increase in loan requests, pay deduction considerations given an increase in telecommuters, and even pay considerations for health screening time for nonexempt employees.

Moreover, in the wake of workplace shutdowns and furloughs, employers will have benefits issues to address, which we will also cover in this session. These issues include:

  • Restarting benefits, such as health plans, 401(k)s, and dependent care accounts
  • Restoring any salary deferral arrangements in payroll systems
  • Processing election changes, especially if circumstances have changed (for example, an employee comes back at less than full-time)
  • Navigating Affordable Care Act rules on “breaks in service,” waiting periods, and stability periods
  • Coordinating with insurers and service providers to ensure that plan documents and related contracts are followed or amended correctly


Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19 Virtual system requirements and program materials

To fully benefit from the virtual conference experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended)
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices

Note: Once you have completed checkout you will receive an order confirmation email from within 1 business day. This email will include your password and login information. Upon logging in you will gain access to all course material. The course material is to be used solely by the purchaser. Any sharing of this documentation is prohibited.

Your Class Sessions and Materials include:

  • 5 Training Sessions
  • 5 Course Materials
  • Frequently Asked Q&A
  • CEU Instructions

If you have questions about this virtual class contact us at:
BLR Customer Success Team
1-800‑727‑5257 ext 1565