Workplace Safety and Vaccine Programs in a Postpandemic World
Recorded On: 04/30/2021
While Covid-19 vaccines should mean staffing firms have less to worry about, in fact, 2021 brings new legal and operational issues to replace those 2020 headaches. Workplace safety requirements are evolving with new state safety and health mandates, and changes in the White House and government agency leadership will mean new enforcement approaches by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workplace vaccine programs raise workers’ compensation and employer liability issues as well as wage and hour and equal opportunity concerns. Add to that clients with varying approaches to all of the above, and staffing firms are left with “new normalitis.” Hear from experts who will help your staffing firm navigate changes, stay compliant, and keep your business healthy going forward.
Presenters: J. Scott Bicksler, lead safety manager, Aerotek; Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq., partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
J. Scott Bicksler
Lead Safety Manager
Bicksler came to the staffing industry in 1995 after retiring from the U.S. Army as a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare specialist. He is currently lead safety manager for Aerotek and has health and safety oversight of Aerotek’s national, international, and government accounts. Bicksler serves as co-chairman of the American Staffing Association’s safety committee and member of the National Occupational Research Agenda services sector council.
Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq.
Partner, Labor and Employment
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Briggs is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s workplace safety and health practice group. His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state statutes that govern employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and workplace safety and health. Briggs represents and counsels clients in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and the enforcement of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants. He has successfully represented employers in a wide range of industries, including staffing, building and consumer products, technology, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, insurance services, construction, and media, in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.