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Employer Resources from May 13, 2020 webinar Leading Through COVID-19

Authors: Laura Salerno Owens, President and Shareholder

During the webinar today I shared a hypothetical of how an employer might analyze a request for remote work from an employee.  This example was pulled from an hour-long presentation I and two of my colleagues conducted yesterday for over 100 lawyers about what to expect when businesses return to work.  As we discussed during the presentation, our workplaces may look significantly different than before: telework; face masks and other safety gear; new office floorplans for social distancing; altered work schedules to minimize crowding.  The legal landscape is also different: the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and new considerations in a COVID-19 context under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the Oregon Sick Leave Law, and state and federal laws prohibiting retaliation.  These are uncharted waters and employers need to be prepared to handle the “new normal.”  Attached is the full presentation for your reference and I’m happy to answer any follow up inquiries.