Employment Law and Employer Liability Issues Implicated by COVID-19


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  • Division: Congressional Civil Justice Academy

Like so many other areas, employers, employees, and employment law have not been immune to the impact of COVID-19. This balanced group of panelists examined the law, economics, and policy of the changing public health conditions of employer-employee legal relations during COVID-19, as well as how the new state of affairs affects the economics of reopening businesses.

The panel surveyed some of the issues surrounding employer obligations to maintain a safe workplace during the pandemic, how employment law and tort law are being affected and adapted to a variety of new concerns, developments surrounding duties not just to employees but also to their families for so-called “take home” exposure, and other employer liability concerns precipitated by the continuing health crisis. The panel examined developments in the courts, state legislatures, and Congress as well as considered how recent electoral developments might change the landscape for future legislative activity regarding employer/employee relations during COVID-19 and beyond.

This Congressional Civil Justice Academy featured:

Hugh Baran, Staff Attorney & Skadden Fellow, National Employment Law Project

Edward Casmere, Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

Bridget Duignan, Partner, Latherow & Duignan

Jade McKenzie, Associate, Lewis Brisbois

ModeratorDonald Kochan, Professor of Law and Deputy Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

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