The Post-Pandemic Workplace vs. Workspace

Wednesday 2:15 – 3:15 PM

Session Description

We’ve all figured out how to survive (and hopefully thrive) under difficult conditions during the last 12+ months. But, what is the “new normal” going to look like with regard to our workplaces and workspaces? Are we going to continue allowing remote work arrangements when appropriate, or require 100% in-office working, or something in between as a flexible, hybrid compromise? How are these decisions going to be made in a fair and non-discriminatory manner? What laws might require an employer to provide a remote working arrangement to employees – either on a temporary, long-term, or sporadic basis? Should the return to work rules be different based on employees’ vaccination status, and what safety protocols are here to stay? What state laws do we have to comply with when employees work remotely in a different state that they worked in pre-pandemic? Participate in this interactive discussion of these issues, share your organization’s policies and plans, and learn the best practices for figuring out how to smoothly manage your employees on the backside of COVID-19.

James (Jim) Paul

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.