2020 Employer Response to the Coronavirus Webinar

2020 Employer Response to the Coronavirus Webinar

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 11 am to 12:30 pm

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Employers across Pennsylvania are inquiring about the practical and legal considerations in responding to the Coronavirus, and labor and employment law attorneys are receiving a wide variety of questions and calls on this worrisome topic. In response, the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is presenting a free 1½ hour webinar as a public service to review the facts, legal aspects and the many employment considerations that surround the potential of employee exposure to the Coronavirus.

We will cover two important areas of information for employers. First, Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health will explain the facts about Coronavirus and how realistic it is that the United States, and Pennsylvania, could have a pandemic, as well as how the state is preparing. Then top employment law attorney Jonathan Segal, Partner of Duane Morris will present the legal perspective on what employers need to do to prepare, and if different rules apply to employment laws should a pandemic occur. We will discuss:

  • The facts: the symptoms of Coronavirus, how is it spread, what healthy habits employers should be advising their employees to follow, how Pennsylvania is preparing should a statewide epidemic be announced
  • What employers should be doing now to prepare and to protect their employees—travel restrictions, reporting requirements, employee education, and more
  • Actions employers should take if an official pandemic is announced—protocols for employees working from home, temporary workforce reductions, and more
  • Employment laws that may be modified if an official pandemic is announced—employers still need to comply, but modifications and new rules may apply to the Family Medical Leave Act, ADA and other laws during a pandemic
  • Best Practices employers need to follow to prepare and to protect their workers

The speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

About The Speakers

Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Rachel Levine is the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is also the President-Elect of ASTHO, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, with her term beginning on September 26, 2019. Dr. Levine joined the Wolf administration in January 2015 as the Physician General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and served from 2015-2017. She was named Acting Secretary of Health in July 2017 and confirmed as Secretary of Health in March 2018.  Her previous posts included: Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In addition to her recent posts Dr. Levine is also an accomplished regional and international speaker, and author on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders, and LGBT medicine.  Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine.  She completed her training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Jonathan Segal

Jonathan Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, benefits administrators and managers at Duane Morris, at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, labor, benefits and immigration matters. Jonathan has provided training to federal judges for more than 20 years on harassment and other forms of bias. He also was appointed by the EEOC to its Select Task Force on Harassment. Jonathan has testified before the EEOC and Congressional Committees on various employment issues. Jonathan has published more than 400 articles or blogs on third party platforms, including Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Fortune and SHRM. He has worked with companies on crisis management in