May 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

10:30am to 11:30am
Presenter: Carl Habekost with Bugbee and Conkle and Jim Yates with Eastman & Smith
As COVID-19 infections subside, it has become clear that post-COVID-19 workplaces will be different in many respects. This presentation will address current and anticipated legal issues which have emerged as a result of COVID-19 including:
• New OSHA standards related to COVID-19 (and other infectious diseases);
• Compensability, recordability and reportability of COVID-19 cases;
• Addressing vaccine-related issues; and
• Identifying and addressing legal and practical concerns with the dramatic increase in employees working from home or at other remote locations.

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BIO: Carl E. Habekost
CARL E. HABEKOST joined Bugbee & Conkle, LLP in 2010. In 2018, Mr. Habekost became head of the Labor & Employment department at Bug-bee & Conkle. Mr. Habekost represents employers in all aspects of safety law, workers’ compensation law, labor law, and employment law. In addition, Mr. Habekost has earned an advanced, executive-level safety certification as a Certified Occupational Safety Manager which enables him to develop skills to build and manage effective safety programs to reduce injuries and control costs. Mr. Habekost has also earned OSHA 30 hour Certifications in General Industry & Construction. Mr. Habekost successfully defends employers’ interests at unemployment compensation hearings, before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He also represents employers at all injury and compensation hearings under the Ohio workers’ compensation law before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

BIO: Jim Yates
James B. Yates is a member of Eastman & Smith’s Labor and Employment Section. He represents public and private sector employers in all facets of labor and employment law matters including workplace safety issues such as OSHA, workers’ compensation, violations of specific safety requirements, and workplace intentional torts. He also defends employers in discrimination and wage and hour cases and consults with clients regarding the drafting and implementation of employment policies and conducts supervisor training. Jim is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).