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Maintain your Distance: Solving COVID-19 Safety Issues Through Automation

Thumbnail Alka Ramchandani-Raj

Thumbnail Michael A. Chichester, Jr.

Alka Ramchandani-Raj, member of the Workplace Safety and Health practice, and Michael Chichester, Co-Chair of the Robotics, AI and Automation practice, discuss key safety considerations as employers rapidly adopt automated technologies to aid their workforces in response to the current pandemic.

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What Employers Can Do to Help Employees Cope with Mental Stress During Times of Pandemic

Thumbnail Jessica DiVento

Uncertainty breeds anxiety, and we are living in uncertain times. Between rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, questions about whether or not to reopen economies and businesses, the ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and the economic fallout of the pandemic, we don’t know what will come next. And that’s taking a toll on our mental health, including at work.

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COVID and Employee Mental Health

Thumbnail Paul Greenberg

Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family. Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain—physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress. Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation.

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COVID, Employment Discrimination Liability Risk and How to Avoid It

Thumbnail Carolyn Rashby

In these unprecedented times, employers are grappling with a variety of issues. This article addresses two key issues: enhanced employer liability that may arise out of the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace; and the legal risks associated with laying off employees and best practices to minimize those risks.

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COVID, Premises Liability, Workplace Screening and Responding to a Positive Case

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Thumbnail Mini Kapoor

Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their workers. Employers are required to implement preventative measures to ensure workers are not exposed to conditions which could be harmful to their health and safety while working. Failure to ensure a safe workplace can lead to liability under occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation, including fines and penalties, and, in serious cases, criminal prosecutions and/or civil liability for employers not covered under the applicable workers’ compensation regime.

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COVID and Effective Organizational Response: The Proserv Case Study

The COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), is a deep humanitarian crisis that has also gravely affected the global economy. It is posing difficult—even unprecedented—challenges for business leaders. They are finding that the fast-moving situation is impervious to familiar remedial actions. By the time a response is mounted, the situation has changed, and the scale, speed, and impact of issues have unexpectedly intensified.

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COVID and OSHA General Duty and Reporting Obligations

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Thumbnail Emily Grannon Fox

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) has issued a flurry of citations against employers over the past month related to COVID-19. As businesses reopen and workers return to their workplaces, OSHA’s enforcement activity should serve as a cautionary reminder to employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act’s “General Duty” Clause and record-keeping requirements as they relate to the threat of COVID-19.

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How to Conduct Remote Workplace Investigations

Thumbnail Gail Rodgers

Many investigations across the globe are currently being conducted remotely, with in-house investigators/lawyers, external counsel and other providers, and even government prosecutors, working from their homes. The current crisis is likely to accelerate a longer-term shift towards increased remote and flexible working (a trend that has already developed significantly in recent years).


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