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Please join Bernadette M. O’Brien, ESQ., SPHR, of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, along with Senior Partners John B. Floyd, Esq., and Amanda A. Manukian, Esq., with special guest Rene Folse, J.D., PH.D. and Brittany Cufaude, CEO of Joyful Classrooms for updated information on important COVID-19 topics for employers, human resources administrators, and risk managers.

This is a free follow up to our webinar last Friday with updated information on dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace.  

Featured Topics Include:

— The latest in workplace laws that may be triggered by COVID-19;
— A review of potential workers’ compensation issues related to COVID-19, including:
—- A possible presumption that a COVID-19 exposure or positive test is employment-related for essential workers; will there be a surge in COVID-19 WC claims;
—- 132a claims and discrimination against an infected employee or an employee who is perceived to have COVID-19; defense strategies including “ubiquitous vs. peculiar risk doctrine”;
—- Practical guidance for claims adjusters and employers on handling COVID-19 claims;
— The most up to date information on what leave an employee may be entitled to who is ill, or who needs to care for a family member who is ill with COVID-19;
— What does the new federal law, “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”, provide for eligible employees in terms of paid sick leave/family and medical leave;
— What leave may be required for parents with children home from school;
— Can employers require that an employee’s temperature be taken before beginning their work shift;
— Can employers send employees home who appear sick with a cold or flu;
— Can employers require a release to return to work from an employee, if COVID-19 is suspected upon employees request to return to work;
— If the workforce shuts down, must employees be paid, and what about benefits;
— Information on workers who are 65 and older or at a higher risk for exposure to COVID-19;
— Coronavirus fear: guidance on responding to employees who request to work remotely or not return to work due to concerns that a co-worker has COVID-19;
— Considerations for a remote workforce;
— Furloughs versus layoffs, the WARN Act and CARES;
— Information and examples for employers and employees about educational and training tools for children at home due to school closures.


DATE: Friday, April 3rd, 2020 TIME:10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Standard Time
Contact: for assistance.

Bernadette M. O’Brien is a Partner at Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP, and an SPHR/SHRM-SCP certified Human Resources Consultant.

Ms. O’Brien is author of the LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, co-author of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, and co-author of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs.