Video May 01, 2020

Webinar Recording: Workplace Re-Entry – Legal And Practical Considerations For U.S. Employers

Goodwin’s Employment Practice was recently joined by infectious disease expert Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H. for a webinar on reopening workplaces in a safe, practical and legally-compliant manner while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The first part of our webinar was a discussion with Dr. Walensky, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walensky provided an up-to-date public health perspective on re-entry considerations for employers, including active planning, screening methods and protocols, including testing.

The second part of our webinar was a discussion among Goodwin partners Robert M. Hale, Jennifer Merrigan Fay and Christina L. Lewis focused on legal considerations for U.S. employers to navigate in returning employees to work and practical steps for doing so.

Topics included:

  • Developing a Workplace Re-entry Plan
    Setting up a decision-making process and determining areas of responsibility
  • Preparing the Physical Workspace
    Reducing the risks of workplace transmission of COVID-19
  • Employee Testing and Monitoring
    Determining practical, useful and compliant methods for permitting access to the workplace
  • Addressing Employee Concerns
    Best practices for employee communications
  • Accommodating Employees
    Legal and practical considerations for handling employee requests for continuation of remote work and other accommodations

View slides from the webinar. Read our recent alert, "Preparing For Re-Entry: Key Considerations For Returning Employees To The Workplace Amid The COVID-19 Crisis." 

View the Recording