The New Workplace
May 11 | 12:00 to 1:15 pm
by Zoom Conference Call
There is NO CHARGE for this event! This is an opportunity provided for you by WVSAE.
COVID-19 has changed so many things, including the workplace. Everyone is wondering what the “new normal” will look like, so join us at noon on May 11 to get a look at “The New Workplace.”
Reimagining the Workplace
What does “The New Workplace” look like now? It is likely that for the foreseeable future, we will see mask requirements, rearranging work spaces for social distancing, less employees in office and more employees teleworking, and continued health checks upon entering the worksite. With these changes, we have seen employees experiencing increased flexibility and autonomy, which will likely lead to different expectations in the future. Of course, we cannot be certain of what to expect, and must be able to adapt to changes quickly. We will discuss how the 2020 shutdown has better equipped us to handle these issues, and how we can prepare for potential issues in the future.
Employee Expectations in the New Workplace
Managing employee expectations is a big deal! Employees want to know that their employer has solid leadership and that they have a plan in place to keep the workplace safe. In the wake of 2020, employers must consider how to balance the expectations of the workforce while implementing reasonable policies, which could include a possible COVID-19 vaccine mandate. We will also talk about the importance of understanding policies, state and federal guidelines and orders, and other related concerns so that employees are given accurate information in a way that is easily understood.
Managing Teleworking in the New Workplace
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has forced us to adapt and become comfortable with technology to work remotely. Many employees report that they are more productive from home and enjoy the work-from-home life. We will discuss essential aspects of managing remote employees, and things employers can do to maintain structure in the workplace with increasing remote work. We will also discuss the positive impact teleworking can have on the workplace, including increased work opportunities.
Legal Considerations — Risks, Liability and Mitigation
By now, we have seen litigation from all areas of the law arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have followed exposure cases, contractual issues, regulatory issues, workers’ compensation complaints, insurance and indemnification lawsuits and others. Given the continued risks associated with COVID-19 in the workplace, we will focus primarily on employment law-related issues, and what you can do to reduce your risk of liability while keeping your employees safe and informed.
Join us on Zoom at noon on Tuesday, May 11, when Kevin Carr and Megan Mullins will share their insights into considerations for “The New Workplace.”
Member, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Kevin Carr’s practice encompasses the gamut of traditional labor law issues facing employers, trial work in employment matters, class and collective actions, complex immigration litigation and wage and hour law.
Megan Mullins’ primary areas of practice are litigation and labor and employment law.
Make Reservations by May 7
Please make your reservation by Friday, May 7, 2021, using the form below. You will receive a Zoom invitation on Monday, May 10, at the email address provided below.