Workplace Safety and Health in the COVID-19 Era: Employment Law During Uncertain Times

Friday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Session Description

Although the majority of businesses have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, many have done so with a reduced workforce or scaled-down operations. Now that more and more employees are coming back to the workplace, employers face a variety of difficult issues: What are the current federal, state, and local guidelines or mandates employers must follow to protect employees? How can employers get employees to buy into safety measures? What are the enforcement trends with respect to OSHA complaints related to COVID-19 and what can be learned from them? How do employers manage employees who report safety and health concerns? What happens when a worker is exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace? In this session, the speakers will address these questions and other evolving legal issues for employers.

Learning Objectives

  1.  Learn the federal and state laws, local ordinances in Tampa Bay, and CDC guidance regarding face coverings and other safety measures in the workplace
  2. Understand when an employee may refuse an assignment for fear of exposure to COVID-19, including how such refusals can lead to OSHA inspections, NLRA issues, and other legal risks
  3. Know what steps to take when an employee is exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace and whether workers’ compensation applies.

Chris Cavaliere

Chris Cavaliere. A practical advisor and passionate advocate for his clients, Chris helps businesses prevent and resolve legal disputes, particularly those with their own employees. Focusing on labor and employment law, he assists both large and small employers with HR and employment issues relating to hiring and firing, background checks, employee handbooks, compensation, overtime, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, unpaid wages, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and more. With an appreciation for the specific business needs of his clients, Chris helps ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws.




Dee Anna Hays

Dee Anna Hays is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar. She has been representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law compliance and litigation for over 12 years. As a result, Dee Anna understands the legal issues as well as the practical issues confronting management. She enjoys counseling clients to solve tough issues and ardently defends them when necessary. A growing portion of Dee Anna’s practice focuses on occupational safety and health issues. She litigates OSHA cases and represents employers during government inspections and investigations. Dee Anna also frequently guides employers in handling workplace fatalities and other severe accidents.Dee Anna represents employers in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, construction, technology, electrical utilities, and not-for-profit. She advocates in federal and state courts and before numerous government agencies — including the DOL, EEOC, OSHA, NLRB, OFCCP, HHS, and FCHR. On a regular basis, Dee Anna also handles handbook and compliance reviews on a national scale for large employers to proactively minimize liability (including privileged wage and hour and safety audits).