With employees returning to work, employers must stay abreast of the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and employment liability.

On August 6, JSH attorneys Gordon Lewis and Ian Beck presented a webinar addressing these concerns for the Arizona Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA).

During their presentation, “Employment Practices Liability in Response to COVID-19,” Gordon and Ian discussed:

  • Employer Screening For COVID-19 (ADA)
  • Employer Actions when Employees are COVID-19 Positive (ADA)
  • Employee Leave Rights Related to COVID-19 (FFCRA)
  • Workplace Safety Guidelines Related to COVID-19 (OSHA)
  • Waivers of Claims for COVID-19
  • Employment Actions to Beware of Arising from COVID-19

The Public Risk Managers Association of Arizona provides its members with educational and networking opportunities to explore the “what ifs” inside their organizations, implement proven ways to mitigate known risks, and prepare for the unknowns. arizonaprima.org

Gordon Lewis has more than 25 years of experience representing public and private employers on a broad range of employment issues, policies and practices. He defends employers against claims involving wrongful discharge, racial discrimination, sexual discrimination and harassment (including harassment based on sexual orientation), age discrimination, disability discrimination, Civil Rights violations, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, and wage and hour issues. Gordon also represents public employers in due process termination hearings, and assists public employers in resolving claims relating to privacy rights, free speech, open meetings, public records, and employee due process. He has drafted and reviewed employment agreements, and has created policies for employers regarding sexual harassment, drug testing, medical leave and other employment issues.

Ian Beck joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in 2019 and works in the firm’s government liability and employment group. Ian representing public and private employers on a broad range of employment issues, and has advised employers on ADA confidentiality, employee leave rights, and discrimination cases. Ian has defended employers on discrimination claims before the EEOC, and defended employers in claims filed in federal court.