As U.S. officials encourage Americans and American companies to prepare for, and as some companies are already dealing with significant disruptions to their daily routines, employers need to keep in mind the current state of applicable employment laws when implementing a response.
Perkins Coie’s Labor & Employment attorneys hosted a webinar that addressed some of the most pressing employment law questions and concerns in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak. They discussed issues touching on occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination, immigration, employee leave, and employee privacy considerations. In addition, the speakers addressed concerns unique to specific industries and business lines, including retail, hospitality, and manufacturing.
They provided practical advice on what employers should be doing to respond to the outbreak and share our employer preparedness checklist, which addresses current knowledge about the disease and can be used for interim guidance.