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Practical Guidance on Addressing COVID-19 in the Workplace


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: March 20, 2020
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Agenda

  • COVID-19 Disease Facts
  • Testing and Requesting Health Information from Employees
  • Mitigation Measures
  • Sick Time and Other Leave Laws and Policies
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Notifications
  • Worksite Closures/Shutdowns and Furloughs
  • Potential Employer Liability for Infections
Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute
Recorded: March 20, 2020

Description

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is at the forefront of everyone's mind. Federal, state and local emergencies have been declared, sports and entertainment events are being cancelled, schools and universities are closing, and employers and unions are grappling with questions on how to continue business operations while protecting employees and limiting the spread of the virus in the workplace and community.

This program was recorded on March 20th, 2020.

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American Bar Association
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Panelists

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Richard Simmons

Partner
Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton

Richard J. Simmons is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Richard is a lawyer’s lawyer and represents employers in wage-hour, discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits. He has represented employers in over 100 class action lawsuits and landmark decisions. When the California IWC was sued, it asked Richard to defend the case over all other firms.

Richard represents employers in various employment law matters involving litigation throughout the country and general advice regarding state and federal wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and contract arbitrations.

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John Howard

Director
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH)

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to the present. In 2015, Dr. Howard was re-appointed to an unprecedented third six-year term by Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard received his Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago, his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, his Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Master of Law in Administrative Law and his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Emily M. Dickens

Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff and Head of Government Affairs
Society for Human Resource Management

Emily M. Dickens, J.D., serves as SHRM's Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff and Head of Government Affairs. She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, the liaison for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, and executive with oversight of external partnerships, public policy, government affairs, and administrative services.

Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations. Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles.

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She is currently a member of Strategic Education, Inc. HIRE Advisory Board; the Board of National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL); the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI); the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University; and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.


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