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Unfortunately, once the immediate health and safety issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic appear to be in the rearview mirror, the road ahead may be just as perilous. In the spring, employers scrambled to quickly comply with stay-at-home orders, to trim staff through furloughs and RIFs, or to close their businesses entirely. Through the summer, they stayed the course, implementing safety precautions such as requiring temperature checks and face masks and extending furloughs and leaves – often cutting off continued pay and benefits. What actions did employers take (or not take) that may now leave them open to litigation? As the year has progressed, we have seen an increase in whistleblower, retaliation, failure to provide statutory leave, and failure to accommodate claims.
This program will discuss litigation trends we are seeing, how employers can prepare for the new wave of legal claims, and steps employers can take now that will hopefully minimize their ultimate liability.
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. ET