Return to Work Virtual Toolkit for Employers: Preparing Your Workforce: How to Avoid Legal Landmines When Bringing Employees Back


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 is offering 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 third module in our toolkit focuses on how to avoid legal landmines as you prepare to bring your employees back to work.

Discussion topics include:

  • Discrimination pitfalls when recalling and rehiring employees, including disparate impact
  • Scheduling and teleworking scenarios
  • Pay-related issues, including salary reductions and wages, proper notice, and the impact on your PPP loan
  • Strategies for dealing with exigent COVID-19 circumstances
  • WARN obligations

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. A Multi-Jurisdiction Certificate of Attendance will be made available to participants requesting MCLE credit in all other jurisdictions. To be eligible to earn a CLE certificate, you must attend the entire webinar. Credit for partial attendance will not be provided.

Registration Information


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EDT)

Zoom Webinar

Details will be sent upon registration.