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Podcast: How Employers Should Handle Coronavirus Concerns

With the coronavirus (or COVID-19) permeating every aspect of American life, much of the focus is on workplace implications. This podcast takes a deep dive into the issues as longtime Ogletree Deakins employment attorney Kathy Dudley Helms, managing shareholder of the firm's Columbia, South Carolina, office, shares her insights in a wide-ranging conversation with XpertHR Legal Editor David Weisenfeld.

"This is one of the biggest onions I've ever dealt with because there are so many layers," said Helms. Making matters more difficult, she notes, is that the coronavirus has been a moving target not only on a daily basis, but seemingly an hourly basis.

This podcast highlights some key challenges HR professionals should address, including:

  • Walking the tightrope between the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Telework considerations;
  • Employees who refuse to come to work for safety reasons; and
  • Very real xenophobia concerns.

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Additional Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Workplace Resource Center

OSHA Issues Coronavirus Guidance for Workplaces

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