OSHA Compliance In the Time of COVID


Format: On-Demand Webinar
Presenter: Elizabeth Zink-Pearson
Duration: 60 Minutes

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Did you know that OSHA expects all employers to classify their employees’ jobs as to risk for exposure and then address those risks?  Did you know that the EEOC prohibits mandatory COVID-19 anti-body tests for return to work?  Did you know that the Department of Labor has changed its definition of a health care worker that is exempt from paid leave for COVID-19?  Are you properly compensating your employees for pandemic-related or other non-work activities?

As the pandemic has persisted, States and the Federal government have reacted aggressively to protect the public in general and employees in particular. This presentation will review and provide updates on the changes to the laws governing employer and employee relations and workplace requirements in this time of COVID. Attendees will gain understanding of OSHA guidance for safe workplaces, the latest on FFCRA paid leave requirements along with general FMLA leave rules, EEOC guidance on handling ADA disability issues, and new guidance on minimum wage and overtime issues.  Attendees will be provided compliance checklists to self-audit their employment practices.  

Government investigators are active and it only takes 1 employee complaint for them to be at your door. The penalties for non-compliance can be significant and the costs to the employer can escalate if a lawyer brings the complaintSo, it is critical that all employers remain informed and up-to-date on the legal requirements for their employment relationships. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand OSHA’s general duty requirement for a safe workplace.
  2. Properly assess employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19 or other infectious disease.
  3. Understand the EEOC’s application of disability discrimination to employee COVID or other pre-employment return-to-work testing requirements
  4. Understand the latest U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) interpretations of the mandatory FFCRA leave
  5. Learn their general duties under Family & Medical Leave Act
  6. To properly classify workers as employees or independent contractors pursuant to the new USDOL guidance.
  7. Understand the USDOL rules for employees exemption form overtime pay
  8. Understand the new mileage reimbursement guidance from the USDOL.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  1. OSHA’s general duty standard for safe workplaces
  2. OSHA’s recommended risk assessment for workplaces
  3. EEOC’s position on return to work health testing
  4. Latest updates on FFCRA Paid leave requirements
  5. Updated Family and Medical Leave rules
  6. Latest USDOL rule on independent contractors
  7. Employee exemptions for overtime pay
  8. New mileage reimbursement guidance
  9. Live Q&A Session

Suggested Attendees:

  1. Home health Staff
  2. Hospice management staff
  3. Home health and hospice HR Staff
  4. Home Care  management staff
  5. Other health care provider and management staff
  6. Assisted Living Facility management staff

About the Presenter:

For more over 25 years, Elizabeth Zink-Pearson has served the needs of health care providers around the country. As a founding member of Pearson & Bernard, PSC in 1998, Liz brought her extensive experience in health law and employment law to the firm along with her characteristic informal, non-legal approach to problem-solving for clients in the ever-changing world of health care.

Over the years, Liz’s practice expanded to include corporate organization, merger and acquisitions, and corporate compliance for health care providers. Consistent with the firm’s mission to counsel and educate clients, Ms. Pearson lectures frequently for state and national trade associations on many legal topics including Medicare compliance, Fraud and Abuse, Corporate Compliance, Employment Practices and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance.

Outside the firm, Liz is an adjunct Professor of Health Law at Chase College of Law and has shared her legal background with many community charitable groups including the Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, was counsel and Board Member of the Faith Community Pharmacy, a local charitable pharmacy, and on the Board of Directors of Community Program for Recovery a charitable organization serving the addiction community. 

System Requirement

Operating System: Windows any version preferably above Windows Vista & Mac any version above OS X 10.6
Internet Speed: Preferably above 1 MBPS
Headset: Any decent headset and microphone which can be used to talk and hear clearly

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