Returning to Work: A Conversation to Resume Regular Operations

By: Rethink

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Returning to work will bring new legal and practical challenges for employers in all industries and geographies.

For this reason, it is imperative to have a plan in place while being cognizant of laws/guidelines to avoid any legal repercussions on your company.

Vanessa Kelly, a Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator with Clark Hill, PLC, and Melinda Lapan, Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, recently hosted a webinar to help businesses and individuals prepare to resume regular operations.

They discussed the following topics in detail:

  • Preliminary considerations
  • Preparing the workplace for safe re-entry
    • OSHA/CDC guidelines
    • State Health Authorities
    • Executive Orders
  • Hiring/Rehiring
    • Dealing with Workers’ Anxiety
    • Refusals to work
    • Telework, accommodations & leaves
  • Dealing with workplace exposures or workers who get sick
  • Takeaways/Action steps
  • & more!

About the Presenters

Vanessa Kelly is a Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator with Clark Hill, PLC, a full-service, global law firm. Vanessa’s clients seek her experienced, confident counsel in addressing their employee management needs. She provides legal services including risk assessment and risk avoidance in employee terminations, accommodating disabilities, addressing workplace misconduct, protecting key personnel and proprietary information, performing reductions in force, and implementation of workplace policies designed to avoid disputes and comply with state and federal law, to name a few. Vanessa also defends employers before federal and state courts and civil rights agencies. Vanessa earned her J.D. at George Washington University Law School, and is licensed in both NJ and NY.

Melinda Lapan is Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, a subsidiary of Clark Hill. HR Advantage Advisory provides HR outsourcing and consulting services. Melinda has over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles across multiple industries prior to joining HR-AA. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and she holds two HR certifications: the PHR and the SHRM-CP.

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