COVID-19 Return-to-Work Strategies – Legal, Insurance, and Workplace Considerations - Shared screen with speaker view
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Thanks Sean. We will now be transitioning to Jason Nichols, Partner with Parsons, Behle & Latimer
Great content Sean and Jason. Thanks PB&L. Next up Deborah Walling with Diversified Insurance Group
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Slides will be circulated after the meeting. Thank you for joining us today!
Is Utah looking to change this Worker’s Comp practice as well?
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EPLI…this will require sensitivity and delicacy in following CDC guidelines due to socio-demographic concerns with the virus. Could be secondary retaliation and discrimination concerns.
Question for end of webinar: How should our policy reflect asking vulnerable populations continuing to work remotely when most vulnerable employees are over 40 (protected class)?
MScott, please reach out to Steve Handley directly to discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org He'd be happy to address Employment Practices Liability issues.
There is obviously tension between anti-discrimination statutes and the continued push from the State of Utah and federal agencies to accommodate vulnerable employees. I would recommend making the issue a voluntary one, rather than being mandated (working from home for individuals over 40) to the extent possible.
MScott and Smonson - I'll defer the legal questions to my colleagues at Parsons, Behle, & Latimer. They are your best resource related to policies and procedures.
We have offices in Arizona and Texas and are entering summer heat. How will this affect taking temperatures?
We've experienced variances in temperatures when it is either hotter or colder outside so this is a valid question, isn't it?
I don't know the technical issues of how ambient heat can impact temperature readings. I would contact the manufacturer of the temperature sensing device to get some information.. You could also contact the local health departments to see how doctor's offices in those states deal with this issue.
We will be wrapping up the formal presentation soon, but can stay on for a few minutes for those who would like to participate in Q&A.
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great information and thank you
Will we be getting the presentation and recording?
thank you, this was informative, I appreciate your time
What do you do for an employee who is vulnerable (has a serious disease) who was offered to work from home but continues to go to the office because he says he can’t focus at home?
Thanks for joining Bob!!
If resources for counsel are limited (or even if they are robust, but a second set of eyes may be valuable), remember that most Employment Practices Liability Policies come with free legal resources to address employment law questions, usually including up to 1 hour of free counsel with the insurer's designated firm.
how companies can do an evaluation of their office space ?
It's also a positive for UT businesses to consider that the state's guidelines for transitioning to the workplace are more detailed and in some ways more practical than the guidance from OSHA, which was developed in March.
What Kate addressed regarding office evaluation will be in the slide deck.
Thank you. Very insightful!