Returning to Work: A Conversation to Resume Regular Operations

By: Dawn Mackey
Returning to Work: A Conversation to Resume Regular Operations RethinkBH Webinar


Returning to work will bring new legal and practical challenges for employers in all industries and geographies.

For this reason, it is imperative to have a plan in place while being cognizant of laws/guidelines to avoid any legal repercussions on your company.

Vanessa Kelly, a Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator with Clark Hill, PLC, and Melinda Lapan, Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, recently hosted a webinar to help businesses and individuals prepare to resume regular operations.

They discussed the following topics in detail:

  • Preliminary considerations
  • Preparing the workplace for safe re-entry
    • OSHA/CDC guidelines
    • State Health Authorities
    • Executive Orders
  • Hiring/Rehiring
    • Dealing with Workers’ Anxiety
    • Refusals to work
    • Telework, accommodations & leaves
  • Dealing with workplace exposures or workers who get sick
  • Takeaways/Action steps
  • & more!

About the Presenters

Headshot of Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly, PLC

Labor & Employment Attorney, Member with Clark Hill, PLC,

Vanessa Kelly is a Labor & Employment Attorney and a Member with Clark Hill, PLC, a full-service, global law firm. Vanessa’s clients seek her experienced, confident counsel in addressing their employee management needs. She provides legal services including risk assessment and risk avoidance in employee terminations, accommodating disabilities, addressing workplace misconduct, protecting key personnel and proprietary information, performing reductions in force, and implementation of workplace policies designed to avoid disputes and comply with state and federal law, to name a few.

Vanessa also defends employers before federal and state courts and civil rights agencies. Vanessa earned her J.D. at George Washington University Law School, and is licensed in both NJ and NY.

Headshot of Melinda Lapan

Melinda Lapan, PLC

Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory

Melinda Lapan is Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, a subsidiary of Clark Hill. HR Advantage Advisory provides HR outsourcing and consulting services.

Melinda has over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles across multiple industries prior to joining HR-AA. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, she holds two HR certifications and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

About the Author

Dawn Mackey, Product Manager at RethinkBH

Rethink Product Manager

Dawn is a versatile, analytical, resourceful, passionate and people-oriented leader in the Behavioral Health industry who thrives in a growth oriented, progressive, and values-based organization. Dawn has dedicated more than 7 years to the B2B SaaS environment serving as a subject matter expert, owning features and products end-to-end, working cross-functionally to manage roadmaps, and prioritizing features based on company strategic objectives. She excels in identifying opportunities to innovate and improve products, while ensuring a great user experience for existing features.

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