COVID19, the Employment Relationship and Accommodations



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Course Description

This program was recorded on April 8, 2020

The emergence of the Coronavirus has set the world on its ear almost instantaneously. Of course, it has changed the way business is done for many, making individuals and companies who have been in business for years rethink their entire model for a time, and perhaps permanently.

This talk will remind of the general issues surrounding employee accommodations and the good faith interactive process, and seek to explore the legal ramifications of the health risks involved with the virus, particularly the employment relationship context. There will be special attention to the principles surrounding “undue hardship” and how to navigate same at this unusual time.

Attorney Joseph RichardsonJoseph Richardson
Joseph L. Richardson is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Borton Petrini, LLP. Joseph graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with a J.D. degree. Joseph practices civil litigation, including the representation of individuals and companies in labor/employment, tort, and contract matters in state and federal courts. His labor/employment practice includes class actions, PAGA, EEOC and FEHA claims, wrongful termination, whistleblower, retaliation, wage and hour claims, and employee classification issues (exempt/non-exempt; employee/independent contractor), as well as appearing before state agencies including DLSE and EDD.

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  1. Principles of Accommodation
  2. Good Faith Interactive Process
  3. Emergence of COVID-19
  4. State of the Law
  5. Practical Thoughts for Employers