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Work and the Coronavirus

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Helping people understand how COVID-19 affects work and employment by sharing insights and help from ILR's workplace experts.

Webinar Palmer v. Amazon: A Case Study In A Pandemic

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Register for this panel discussion on Thursday, August 13 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.


COVID-related litigation involving the issue of employer responsibility to protect the health and safety of workers, their families, and the public has been increasing, particularly in the absence of emergency regulations or active enforcement by OSHA. A federal lawsuit brought by workers and their family members against Amazon challenging conditions at its facility in Staten Island, NY, claims that the company has violated workplace safety requirements and created a public nuisance endangering the health of workers, their families, and the larger community. The suit primarily seeks injunctive relief to mandate that Amazon follow public health guidance on such requirements as social distancing, hand washing, sick leave, and contact tracing.

Our panel will address the issues facing workers and employers during this unprecedented pandemic, which shows no signs of abating.


Deborah Berkowitz, NELP Worker Health and Safety Program Director; formerly OSHA Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration

Martin L. Schmelkin, Partner, Jones Day

Juno Turner, Litigation Director, Towards Justice, one of the four organizations representing the plaintiffs

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


Thursday, August 13, 2020


2:00-3:30p Eastern Time (US and Canada)


1.0 NYS CLE – Professional Practice
(Transitional and Non-Transitional)


Register at Cornell's Zoom webinar page.

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