Vaccines and Return-to-Work Issues: Preparing for the New Normal

Overview

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 2:00pm ET | 11:00am PT

Cost: Complimentary

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The focus of today’s legal workforce has shifted from immediate COVID-19 response to return-to-work discussions. The discussion includes preparing for the “new normal,” which involves prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of employees as well as protecting the company from risk and potential liabilities. 

Legal departments across the globe are in the process of developing new policies around unprecedented issues such as vaccine protocols and other novel COVID-19 employment issues. With the vaccination process being rolled out, employers are navigating unprecedented issues within their workforce and leaning on the legal department for those answers. 

This webcast will explore the most pressing questions employers are asking, including:

  • Can (and should) employers mandate the vaccine?
  • What will the new normal look like for both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees?
  • What are the legal risks and challenges with a vaccination policy?
  • What are some additional employment issues companies need to know as the workforce returns to work?

Speakers:

Heather Nevitt | Editor-in-Chief | Corporate Counsel (Moderator)

After practicing law for several years, Heather joined ALM in 2005. Heather and her team have been recognized for outstanding journalism winning over a dozen local and national awards. Heather is a born Buckeye and earned her juris doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan.

Colin Barnacle | Partner | Nelson Mullins

Colin Barnacle is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Denver office who focuses his practice on labor and employment as well as litigation. His labor and employment practice focuses on compliance counseling, corporate governance counseling and investigations, noncompete and trade secret enforcement, wage and hour class and collective actions, and employment litigation. His commercial litigation practice has spanned state and federal courts and arbitrations involving a wide array of areas, ranging from complex commercial disputes, construction litigation and dispute resolution, and intellectual property.

Brittany M. Falkowski | Partner | Husch Blackwell

Brittany provides companies with a full complement of day-to-day employment advice and currently serves as chair of the firm’s labor and employment COVID-19 vaccination taskforce. She has developed an expertise in counseling clients on complicated reductions in force, examining Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) issues, advising on communication strategies, conducting disparate impact statistical analyses, and pointing out red flags to help minimize the threat of litigation. If litigation does become necessary, Brittany is a fierce advocate. Whether it is a single-plaintiff discrimination or whistleblower retaliation claim, a complex class action, or a sophisticated claim under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, clients feel confident when Brittany is involved. She manages matters from initial administrative proceedings through final judicial decisions, providing employers with a consistent and true partner throughout the entirety of a case.