(Recorded Webinar) Part II: Navigating the Legal Pitfalls of Working From Home Arrangements
The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed the workplace as businesses were forced to abruptly transition from the conventional “in office” model to one in which employees worked remotely from home offices. Now, nearly two years later, many offices have yet to fully reopen; and, it appears that the “new” normal will consist of employees who either work full-time from home or only come into the office on a part-time basis.
Given this new and unprecedented reality, employers must contemplate and resolve a myriad of legal considerations and obligations that specifically pertain to remote workers, such as:
- How do we ensure that we are satisfying the FLSA’s overtime pay requirements for nonexempt remote working employees?
- Are we responsible for injuries sustained by an employee who is injured while working from home?
- Do we have a responsibility under OSHA to ensure that an employee’s home workplace is free from hazards that are likely to cause harm?
- What accommodations, if any, do we have to make under the ADA for employees who work at home?
- Will we potentially face liability under Title VII if we do not uniformly offer remote work arrangements to our employees?
- How do we protect confidential and sensitive business information from others who may reside with an employee?
In order to adequately manage remote working arrangements and to mitigate any potential liabilities that may arise from the above legal issues, employers should conduct a thorough and comprehensive audit of their existing policies and practices to ensure that they have the requisite strategies in place for sustaining long-term remote operations.
In this webinar, FTLF will help you identify and navigate some of the more common legal issues that arise with a remote workforce by walking you through the best practices and some of the “must have” policies that you should have in place. We will also discuss how you can use Remote Work Agreements to limit your potential liabilities, increase productivity, and effectively manage your remote work arrangements with your employees.
- C-Suite: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs
- Directors, Supervisors, Middle Managers, and Team Leaders
- Human Resources Professionals
- Risk Managers
- In-House Legal Counsel
- Employees working remotely (full time or part time)
After this webinar, you will be able to:
- Identify legal pitfalls that can arise from permitting employees to work remotely from home
- Develop a comprehensive remote work/telework program that minimizes liability and risk
- Implement appropriate policies and processes for remote workers
- Know the importance of Remote Work Agreements in effectively managing remote working employees (and draft Remote Work Agreements for your organization)
- Understand compliance obligations under federal employment statutes such as Title VII, the FLSA, and the ADA
- Identify best practices for securing and protecting the company’s confidential information and data
- Effectively manage remote employees on issues such as performance evaluation, supervision, attendance, and discipline
- Understand obligations under OSHA to provide a safe home workplace for remote workers as well as how to limit potential exposure to workers’ compensation claims
H. SCOTT JOHNSON, JR.
A Senior Counsel with the firm in the Government Contracts, Litigation, Federal Grants, and Health Law practice groups, Scott maintains an active practice advising business and institutional clients on employment matters, commercial agreements, government contracts, and risk management. In addition to his corporate practice, Scott is also well-regarded for his employment and complex civil litigation practice. His complex civil litigation experience includes representing businesses in a wide variety of contract disputes and business torts including tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, defamation, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. [Full Bio]
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