As the number of COVID-19 cases has grown nationwide, so have the lawsuits. More and more accusations are being filed against employers based on claims associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the first cases involving COVID-19 was brought as a wrongful death action against Walmart for the death of one of its employees in Illinois.
It is clear that plaintiffs’ lawyers are going push for wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits for employees who have had exposure to the disease.
Employers will need to be more proactive to prevent the negative consequences of these investigations. This program will examine the different types of potential lawsuits and other legal actions that could be brought against employers under the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers will also examine ways for employees to avoid such lawsuits and inspections and what to do when a lawsuit or an OSHA complaint is filed.
- Identify proactive steps employers can take to prevent lawsuits and guidelines to be followed in returning employees back to work.
- Examine education and training of employees as to the potential exposure to COVID-19, warning signs, and medical symptoms.
- How to engage employees in discussions to avoid complaints.
- How to inform employees about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and other transparency used by employers.
- What to do once a lawsuit is filed.
ED FOULKE | Partner, Fisher & Phillips
TOM CECISH | CSP, CIH Strategic Board Advisor, Avetta