Colorado’s slow-burning emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a slew of questions about how to safely return to the workplace. To help local employers answer some of these questions, …
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Colorado’s slow-burning emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a slew of questions about how to safely return to the workplace. To help local employers answer some of these questions, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce will host two virtual webinars — one on April 14 at 8:30 a.m. and one on April 21 at 8:30 a.m. — featuring employment law expert Chuck Passaglia.
The April 14 webinar will specifically focus on navigating the in-person workplace in the age of COVID-19; topics including vaccine mandates, unemployment and safe workplace conditions will be discussed. The April 21 webinar will address recent changes to Colorado employment legislation including the recently passed Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.
The webinar series will be led by Chuck Passaglia, founder of Employment Law Solutions, Inc. and author of “Can I Bring My Pet Monkey to Work?: Answers to 45 of the Wildest Workplace Law Questions.” Passaglia has been an employment law attorney for over 30 years and has been giving seminars for employers since 1992. He has worked with the chamber for 10 years.
Passaglia said he began giving seminars as a way to help employers mitigate conflicts with their employees and better understand their responsibilities in the workplace.
“(Employment law seminars) are a benefit to employers,” said Passaglia. “The more employers know of their legal obligations, and the more they understand employee’s rights, then they can certainly meet their requirements and also avoid conflicts. We live in a tremendously divided society, and much of that conflict is rooted in misinformation or miscommunication.”
With some employers in the area asking employees who have been working remotely to return to the workplace, there are a new set of challenges for both parties to navigate. Namely; whether or not employees have the right to opt out of working in-person when their employers ask them to.
“Many people don’t see the pandemic as being anywhere near over,” said Passaglia. “And so, as employers are trying to ramp up, we’re facing more and more employees who want employers to pause and consider employee’s safety concerns or fears about returning to work.”
Passaglia added that employees may not have much in the way of recourse if they wish to stay at home.
“There’s a common misunderstand that employees view that they may have the right to continue working from home,” said Passaglia. “But everyone looking at this issue views that as having been a temporary measure. Not that many employers haven’t adapted their businesses to allow employees to potentially work for home forever and definitely allow greater periods of working from home. But that’s not an entitlement. That’s an employer’s decision to do so.”
Both webinars can be electronically accessed through the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s website.
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