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Webinar: ADA Employment and Accessibility Issues Impacted by COVID-19 Reopening Safety Measures

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Esta Bigler

On June 25, 2020, ILR's Labor and Employment Law program offered a webinar covering COVID-19 reopening and its impact on ADA employment and accessibility issues.

As businesses reopen and put COVID-19 safety measures into place, building owners and employer tenants will be facing a new world.  Reduced numbers of people will be allowed in building lobbies and elevators.  People entering will have their temperatures taken, be required to wear masks, social distance and possibly complete a health questionnaire.  If positive cases of COVID-19 develop, contact tracing will be required, and building owners and employers will be providing information to anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19.
 
Asking an employee “how are you?” is no longer a simple question. It could lead to sending someone with symptoms home, inadvertently learning about an underlying health condition or a request for reasonable accommodation.  CDC Guidelines for offices mean that workplaces will need to plan for employees who may not be able to see the markings placed on the floor to direct movement, read new signs or lips hidden behind masks, physically tolerate wearing a mask, or maneuver a wheelchair in aisles made narrower by reconfigured workstations or limited building entrances.

All of these factors will raise ADA employment, accommodation, and accessibility issues. Join us for a discussion on how building owners and employer tenants can work together to provide a safe and inclusive workplace.
 
Speakers:

Wendy Strobel Gower, Project Director, Northeast ADA Center, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell ILR
Eve I. Klein, Esq., Partner and Chair of the Employment, Labor, Benefits & Immigration Practice Group, Duane Morris LLP
Mark S. Weiss, Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Moderated by: Esta R. Bigler, Director, ILR Labor and Employment Law Program

When: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:15p Eastern Time (US and Canada)
CLE: 1.0 NYS CLE – Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias (Transitional and Non-Transitional)

For questions about this program, e-mail esta_bigler_ilr-lel@cornell.edu.

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