Mitigating Coronavirus in the Workplace

Erika Butler

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In December 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus, never before observed in humans, was detected in Wuhan, China. The disease it causes—now called COVID-19—has spread to at least 47 countries around the world. At the time of this writing, there have been more than 80,000 cases worldwide—nearly 3,000 of which have been fatal. 

This epidemic has sparked mandatory quarantines, screening measures at ports of entry and state-of-emergency declarations, but there is debate as to whether or not containment and mitigation measures will be enough to prevent a global pandemic. 

Why should you attend? 

Infections of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China in January, are on the rise globally—as is uncertainty regarding the most appropriate response on a national, personal, and community level.

COVID-19 isn’t the first—and won’t be the last—emerging disease with pandemic potential. The current risk to individuals in the U.S. is currently low, but regardless of whether or not that situation changes, this epidemic creates an opportunity for companies to equip themselves with a pandemic preparedness plan, and to review policies and laws in advance of an emergency. 

Learn how to craft policies and procedures that limit exposure, explore your legal responsibilities to your employees, and equip yourself to foster unity and trust among your team in preparation for current or future pandemic-potential disease threats. 

Description of the topic: 

Responses to a potential pandemic will often fall to one extreme or another: either complacency or panic. However, both of these could have potentially devastating consequences for your business and your employees. The wisest response to a potential threat involves approaching the topic with understanding and rationality, rather than fear and panic.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss what is known about the novel coronavirus, and what you can do to prepare your workplace for this or another communicable disease. 

Areas Covered in the Session: 

• Learn the facts about the current coronavirus epidemic: Explore the differences and similarities to other historical or potential epidemics, understand the global and national response to the threat, and learn how to communicate these facts to others. 

• Learn practical methods for preventing the spread of communicable diseases within your workplace and community. 

• Understand your responsibility for maintaining a safe workplace environment in accordance with OSHA standards and explore policies and procedures that can help keep you and your team healthy. 

• Explore employee protections under FMLA, ADA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and how these laws do or don’t apply to an employer’s response to a pandemic disease. 

• Learn about the potential impact of a government-imposed quarantine or isolation. 

• Discuss strategies for keeping your team cohesive and unified by combatting the stigma and suspicion related to the transmission of diseases. 

• Preventative recommendations and best practices to enforce in workplaces. 

Who will benefit: 

This will benefit a large audience: Organizational leadership will be equipped to evaluate policies and procedures in order to keep team members healthy and keep the business productive. Leaders and team members alike will learn about protections under the law, and practice preventative measures that can reduce the impact of diseases in the workplace and the community. 

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Speaker: Erika Butler,

Erika Butler is an SHRM Senior Certified Professional with an M.S. in HR Management and a B.S. in Labor Studies and Employee Relations from Penn State University, and a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College. She is the C.E.O. of Higher International Human Resources, a team of HR professionals dedicated to serving to the science community. She has more than 12 years of leadership and human resources experience. 

She will be assisted by Jenn Reinhardt, the Director of Strategy and Operations at Higher International Human Resources, who spent 5 years training and mobilizing service teams of young people internationally and evaluating the health and safety risks to those team members inherent to international travel.

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