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COVID-19 Safety: Legal Considerations of Return to Work Scenarios

June 9, 2020 | Starts at 1:00 pm CDT

Lawyers at K&L Gates are working closely with clients across all sectors on how to handle the legal and business impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and navigate the transition to reopening. As businesses prepare to reopen, reintegrate employees into the workplace, and interact with customers and visitors, companies may need assistance and guidance on moving into the next normal.

This webinar explores business risk and legal considerations for return to work scenarios as businesses restart operations in the COVID-19 environment. K&L Gates and ABS Group will highlight collaborative solutions for clients, including practical guidance using the Restart Risk Model™ and the K&L Gates Return to Work Guidelines for revisiting existing policies and/or creating new policies associated with disease transmission risk.

What We Cover

  • Share perspectives on the legal landscape of employer responsibilities for companies returning to work
  • Provide practical guidance on how to implement key workplace guidelines addressing employee health and safety
  • Discuss risk mitigation strategies and explore the overlay of the Restart Risk Model for companies reopening for business

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April Boyer, Partner, K&L Gates

April Boyer focuses her practice on employment law and complex commercial litigation where she serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes in state and federal courts, in arbitrations and before administrative agencies. She handles all aspects of litigation including preliminary and permanent injunction hearings, evidentiary hearings, bench trials, arbitrations and jury trials. Boyer has been recognized by her peers for her accomplishments, including being listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor Law-Management. She also is an AV-rated lawyer — the highest available rating given by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics.

April Boyer

Boyer defends employers faced with employment law disputes such as wage and hour claims, discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower actions and ERISA fiduciary duty claims. Boyer also has significant experience litigating misappropriation of trade secrets claims and breaches of restrictive covenants. She also trains and counsels employers on making day-to-day employment decisions, drafts and prepares handbooks and related policies for employers, conducts trainings on those policies, and counsels and trains company personnel on compliance with those policies. She also assists employers in conducting company investigations and responding to government audits and investigation arising out employee complaints of workplace violations.

Matthew Mowrer - Director, Product Development and Innovation Center 

Matt Mowrer has been working in the management consulting, data analytics, risk management and information technology fields for the past 20 years. He specializes in developing innovative technical solutions to help government and commercial clients manage their risks and maximize their performance. He is a recognized practice leader in the following areas:

  • Data analytics and visualization
  • Risk based decision-making (RBDM)
  • Enterprise risk management (ERM)
  • Cyber security assessment and mitigation
  • Security risk analysis and management

Matt Mowrer

About K&L Gates

K&L Gates ( is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. To help businesses operating in the United States, the K&L Gates Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety and Privacy teams have developed a collection of return to work products featuring policies, procedures and training materials to help businesses as they navigate the path to recovery. 

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and its operating subsidiaries provide risk management solutions and certification services worldwide that help clients address the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1200 professionals across the globe, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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