COVID-19 has spawned new federal, state and local legislation and governmental orders, but it has also required agencies and employers to confront new questions and applications under long-standing employment laws. Employers are regularly confronting new challenging issues, such as:
- How to effectively accommodate high-risk employees;
- Whether COVID-19 waivers are a good idea;
- What to do when an employee refuses to wear a mask;
- Whether employers need to pay non-exempt employees for temperature checks;
- How to approach large-scale layoffs;
- What to do in order to satisfy OSH Act obligations to keep employees safe; and
- How to navigate workers’ compensation issues in light of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
This session will review some of the new challenges that COVID-19 has raised under laws such as the WARN Act, the FLSA, the FMLA, the ADA, the OSH Act and Hawaii’s workers’ compensation statute. The session will also consider options and best practices for managing potential liability for employers related to COVID-19. This webinar will be recorded.
About our speaker:
Sarah O. Wang joined MJW in April 1998 and was made a partner in January 2001. She has considerable experience in both employment litigation and training employers to better manage their workforce.
Ms. Wang represents management in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including federal and state court litigation of wrongful termination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, breach of contract and other employment claims; discrimination and harassment cases pending before administrative agencies; union arbitrations and airline System Boards of Adjustment; wage and hour audits and other administrative proceedings; and federal and state appellate cases.
Ms. Wang also devotes a substantial amount of her practice to providing training and advising employers and their supervisory employees in managing personnel issues and complying with various employment laws. She helps employers develop and implement policies to effectively manage their workforce. Ms. Wang is a frequent speaker at labor and employment law seminars on topics such as discrimination and harassment, employee privacy, internal investigations, reasonable accommodation obligations, and wage and hour laws.
Ms. Wang graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Wang was a law clerk to the late Honorable Charles E. Wiggins on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Wang returned to Hawaii in 1995 after her clerkship and began her career in private practice with Cades Schutte LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation, including employment law matters.
Ms. Wang is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts in Hawaii, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Wang has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since the 2007 edition and she has been listed in the Chambers USA directory, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, since 2004.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
HEC Members: Free
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