Effectively (and Legally) Tackling COVID-19’s Curveballs in the Workplace and In our Employees’ Lives

Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Session Description

COVID-19 continues to change how we work and play, so join this interactive session to get an overview and checklist of the numerous laws, regulations and policies affecting our “new normal,” including those pertaining to employee timekeeping and pay, safety and workers’ compensation, ADA reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, social media use, job descriptions, data security/confidentiality, performance management and communication, and safeguarding of company equipment and property. Maybe, just maybe, you and your employees will be able to stay one step ahead of the viruses that plague us!


James Paul JD, SHRM-SCP

Jim has extensive trial and appellate experience with handling labor and employment law litigation in federal and state courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and several other federal and state agencies. He has also earned the national Society for Human Resource Management’s “SHRM-SCP” certification and regularly advises employers on all labor and human resource management issues in an effort to prevent or resolve employee issues before they escalate into legal disputes. As Co-Chair of the firm’s Disability Access practice group, Jim advises clients regarding legal requirements for accommodating disabled individuals and defends Americans with Disabilities and Rehabilitation Act lawsuits nationally. Prior to his private practice of law, Jim served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ray Price, Jr. of the Missouri Supreme Court and then as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General. As Assistant Attorney General, he represented the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights by enforcing state discrimination and wage and hour laws. He also worked in Washington, D.C. on legislative issues for the late Missouri Governor Carnahan and has taught Trial Advocacy at Saint Louis University as an Adjunct Professor.

Shelley Ericsson JD

Shelley Ericsson is a shareholder in the Kansas City office of Ogletree Deakins. She is an experienced trial lawyer having represented both Missouri and Kansas employers in state and federal courts on a wide range of workplace matters. Since 2007, Shelley has been selected by her peers as one of the “Best of the Bar” in the labor and employment field by the Kansas City Business Journal. Shelley counsels companies of all sizes, from family-owned and privately held to Fortune 100 companies, on how to navigate various employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the companion state Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Her services include drafting policies and procedures that are tailored for companies and their individual philosophies. In addition to her employment cases, she has successfully tried a number of medical malpractice actions in Missouri state court. Shelley is very active in the legal community and was a board member for the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, serving as its president in 2011. She is a frequent public speaker on employment and labor law and litigation.