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Ebola: Employer Options and Pandemic Planning

Employers must prepare for a wide range of planning decisions, tough questions about international travel, quarantines, work leave and much more. Are you ready?

The CDC has issued an Ebola Monitoring & Movement Guidance along with instructions on Personal Protective Equipment Training. Both health care and non-health care employers face very immediate decisions about how to treat employees who have recently traveled to infected areas, employees with confirmed infections, those too scared to come to work, and a barrage of employee questions about what the employer is doing to make the workplace as safe as possible.

This detailed examination of employer options and pandemic planning will focus on the latest guidance from the CDC and OSHA, focusing on avoiding liability under the broad range of applicable employment laws, including the Americans With Disability Act, Title VII, confidentiality issues under HIPAA and state torts, workers' compensation, and benefit and leave laws including the Family and Medical Leave Act, USERRA and ERISA.


Runtime: 93 minutes
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Agenda

Current CDC Infection Reports and Guidance on Ebola Responses

  • Symptoms
  • Transmission and Precautions

Immediate Employer Decisions and Options

  • Communicating With Employees and Customers
  • Forced Leave and Pay Options
  • Requiring Medical Releases
  • Cleaning Protocols; Safety Equipment
  • Reduced Operations; Facility Shutdowns
  • Isolation and Social Distancing

Pandemic Planning

  • Communicable Disease Policy
  • Assembling a Team
  • Elements of a Plan
  • Stockpiling Protective Equipment and Medications
  • Quarantines; Vaccines

Employer Options and Limiting Liability

  • Government Regulation
    • CDC, OSHA, DOT, FAA, Homeland Security
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Confidentiality: Torts and HIPAA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Leave and Benefits
  • FMLA, USERRA, ERISA

Common Employer Questions

  • Can the Employer Tell an Employee With Symptoms to Stay Home?
  • Must the Employer Pay Employees Forced to Stay at Home?
  • Can an Employer Adopt a Communicable Disease Policy That Requires Employees to Report If They Have Traveled to High Infection Areas or Are Diagnosed?
  • Can an Employer Tell Other Employees or Customers That a Co-Worker Has Been Diagnosed or Quarantined With Ebola?
  • Can the Employer Require a Medical Release Before an Employee Returns to Work After Showing Symptoms?
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  • MT CLE 1.5
     
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  • NV CLE 1.5
     
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Donald W. Benson

Donald W. Benson

Hall Booth Smith, P.C.

  • Partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
  • Practice represents management clients in the avoidance, resolution and litigating of employment disputes, as well as focuses on drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, wage and hour compliance defense, and communicable diseases in the workplace
  • Frequent national speaker and writer on communicable disease issues in the workplace, including pandemic planning, H1N1 (swine flu), H5N1 (avian flu), tuberculosis and MRSA staph infections
  • Quoted in USAToday, ABC News, Employment Law 360, Mondaq and the Human Resources Report of BNA, Inc., on recent MRSA staph infection outbreaks and employer's efforts to prevent and respond to such workplace crises in compliance with the privacy, leave and discrimination law issues facing employers
  • Lectures and writes on pandemic issues for a variety of associations
  • Previously was a member for 16 years of a labor management law firm in Atlanta
  • Member of the Georgia and Tennessee State Bar, Georgia and Atlanta Bar Association, and American Bar Association
  • Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, University of Utah; J.D. degree, University of Utah; M.A. degree, University of Georgia; A.B. degree, Davidson College
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Product ID: 395983
Published 2014, 2019
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