Date: 12/03/2020 at 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Bob Gregg, Attorney at Law, Boardman Clark Law Firm
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience: HR, benefits, finance, HR managers, CEOs, in-house counsel, etc.
Has working from home become the new norm for all your employees‒both those at greater risk for COVID-19 complications as well as those at lower risk? Since the Pandemic began approximately 45% of employees have worked from home at least part of the time. Many employers jumped on board the telecommuting bandwagon almost immediately, while others who had traditionally resisted working remotely, were forced to implement, even require it. Your employees got used to it‒liked it‒and now want to make telecommuting permanent.
Based on their recent experience some employers are pushing ahead with plans to shift more work to be home-based. At what savings? What cost? What liability? Many more employees will demand to telecommute. This includes both low risk as well as employees at higher risk. Your high-risk older workers and employees with pre-existing conditions may have no choice but to seek an accommodation to work remotely.
The ADA has been a battleground over working from a remote location for years. Employees demand it as a reasonable accommodation. Employers claim it is an undue hardship, as not all work can be done from home. Who will win? The Pandemic may have made it more difficult for employers to claim that working remotely Is unreasonable. What will both the employee and the employer must prove?
In addition to the ADA, several other laws must also be addressed for work-from-home arrangements. The Fair Labor Standards Act – wage and hours tracking, privacy and security of information. The FMLA, productivity and quality control. Does Workers’ Comp cover injury in one’s own home? Even dress codes for remote appearances. And much more. Please join Bob Gregg, attorney at law, as he explains the pros and cons and regulatory requirements associated with telecommuting arrangements which HR and their employers will be forced to deal with as more and more employees demand to work from home.
During this webinar Mr. Gregg will address the legal, regulatory, and practical aspects of these difficult issues surrounding work from home including:
• The work-from-home movement – pros and cons
• Getting Remote Work Right – the legal and regulatory framework
• Fair Labor Standards Act – wage and hour responsibilities and damages
• The FMLA effects
• Electronic Security – equipment; control, access, ownership, internet connection with others
• OSHA and Workers’ Comp – Can OSHA now inspect your own home? (Do the employee’s children pose a federal safety or security hazard?)
• The ADA – How do you determine whether working from home is a “reasonable accommodation”? What do you need to do now to have a basis to defend a denial?
• Is work from home the best alternative for older workers and employees with pre-existing conditions in the post COVID-19 environment?
Bob Gregg co-chairs the Labor & Employment Group at Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Gregg has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in all areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity. He has designed the policies of numerous employers, creating positive work environments and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob Gregg has conducted more than 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues.
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