Zika Virus: Guidelines For Protecting Your Workforce

Zika Virus: Guidelines For Protecting Your Workforce
About This Course:
How will you respond if one or more of your employees is infected with Zika, or at the very least what is the virus’ potential impact on the workplace?

Summer is when mosquito populations explode, and employees are likely to have questions about how the virus is transmitted and what to do about pending business travel. Furthermore, pregnant employees may be particularly concerned and requesting work-from-home arrangements to minimize their risk of contracting Zika.

Don’t wait for the worst-case scenario to happen. Prepare now by attending our all-new webinar to get a timely briefing on your organization's legal obligations and safety best practices in the face of the Zika outbreak.

Learning Objectives
  • Essential OSHA-related safety considerations you must factor in when managing the prevention and control of Zika
  • Answers to practical questions such as whether you can bar a pregnant employee from traveling on business to an area affected by Zika
  • What to do if you suspect an employee has been exposed to Zika
  • When and how to inform employees that a coworker may have been exposed to Zika
  • Issues related to requests for leaves of absence that you should be prepared to address
  • Recommendations for business travel
  • Strategies for educating workers on the spread of Zika
  • How to manage telecommuting requests in light of the spread of Zika
  • Best practices for training workers on symptoms and infection risks
About Your Presenters

Ana Ellington
Legal Editor

Ana Ellington is a Legal Editor for BLR’s safety publications, and has been with BLR since 2002. She writes federal and state regulatory summaries, develops compliance and educational materials for safety programs, and writes white papers and news articles about workplace safety. Ms. Ellington has also written numerous publications on workplace safety and health, including OSHA’s most frequently violated standards; hazard communication and GHS; personal protective equipment; and effective workplace training. In addition, Ms. Ellington, who is bilingual, manages the development of all Spanish-language materials at BLR, ensuring translation accuracy and consistency. She received her bachelor of arts in English and Spanish philology (linguistics) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Translators Association.

Catherine Gray, JD
Senior Managing Editor

Catherine Moreton Gray, JD, is Senior Managing Editor for Human Resources and Compensation. Ms. Gray has over 20 years combined experience in HR management and as a management-side labor and employment attorney. Her HR experience includes recruiting, employee relations and communications, affirmative action and compensation. As an attorney, Ms. Gray regularly counseled employers on issues such as complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, accommodating employees with disabilities, complying with federal and state laws requiring paid sick leave and family and medical leave, and union avoidance and labor relations.

Ms. Gray represented employers in government audits, before administrative agencies, and in federal and state courts on matters including discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, affirmative action compliance, unfair labor practices and wage and hour violations.

Ms. Gray has also written articles on developing employment law issues, and developed and presented training for clients. Ms. Gray received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
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