How to Navigate Safety Mandates & Recommendations - McDermott

Return to Work Virtual Toolkit for Employers: Preparing Your Workplace: How to Navigate Safety Mandates and Recommendations


The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on organizations of all sizes across all industries. The uncertainty of the “new normal” is leading some employers to consider extreme, and often unnecessary, new policies in anticipation of the eventual return to work. To properly navigate the complexities of these novel COVID-19 employment issues, you need innovative but practical solutions.

In response to the challenges that employers now face, McDermott developed a six-part webinar series that will take a deep dive into all of the issues at stake–from workplace safety to employee privacy, as well as strategies to mitigate risk and respond to the inevitable surge in litigation. By the end of our program, you will possess the tools necessary to bring actionable solutions back to your organization and protect your most critical assets: people and reputation.

The second module in our toolkit focuses on how to prepare the workplace for a safe reopening using the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our panel will include Joshua Markus, General Counsel North America of Ardagh Group, who will offer his unique perspective on new safety mandates and workplace practices that employers will need to implement.

Discussion topics include:

  • Social distancing, including physical distancing options, capacity limits, and use of common areas
  • Sanitization, cleaning and no-contact alternatives to using shared equipment
  • Personal protective equipment requirements
  • Symptom screening, including self-reporting vs. on-site screening, employee privacy issues, and protocols for employees with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
  • The importance of transparency with employees

We will also conduct a Q&A session with the speakers at the end of the webinar. Please submit your questions in advance during registration.
Our series continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EDT).

MCLE credit is pending in California, Illinois and New York. Attendees who request credit in other states will receive a Uniform Certificate of Attendance, which can be used to claim credit as permitted by applicable state MCLE rules.

Registration Information

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EDT)

Zoom Webinar

Details will be sent upon registration.

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