Contact Tracing Apps: Employer Use, Privacy Issues and Best Practices To Implement


CLE credits earned: 1 GENERAL Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

One of the main challenges employers currently face is how to keep employees safe, even when one of them tests positive for or is exposed to COVID-19. They are looking for innovative ways to stay a step ahead of the curve. One of the innovations employers are currently considering are contact tracing apps.
In general, a contact tracing app is downloaded to a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi enabled device and allows users to be aware of potential exposure to COVID-19 and enable them to self-quarantine for the incubation period or seek medical diagnosis. Is an employer’s implementation of a contact tracing app in the workplace a good or bad idea? Are there any legal requirements in play one way or the other?
At the end of the day, employers may decide to utilize contact tracing apps to augment their own safety protocols and procedures to maintain a healthy work environment amidst the pandemic. However, it is important to remember that there are risks and limitations associated with the use of these apps. This program will discuss some of the various considerations, risks, and limitations employers should remember regarding this technology.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Overview of laws potentially relevant to employer use of contact tracing apps in the workplace.
• Practical limitations of employer use of contact tracing apps in the workplace.
• Privacy concerns associated with employee medical information.
• Best practices for employers to implement and follow when using contact tracing apps in the workplace.

Date / Time: July 30, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: July 30, 2020

Taylor E. White | Foley & Lardner LLP

In that role, Mr. White advocates for employers and managers in courts and conference rooms throughout the United States. His practice includes representation of his clients in single-plaintiff employment litigation, trade secrets and restrictive covenant matters, and occupational safety and health matters, and the provision of day-to-day advice and counsel to in house counsel, managers, and human resources professionals involving various employment issues.

Carrie B. Hoffman | Foley & Lardner LLP
Ms. Hoffman is a trusted advisor to in house counsel, managers, and human resources professionals throughout the United States as they navigate through various labor and employment matters, including union matters, discrimination issues, safety and health issues and wage and hour matters. Additionally, she trains and assists clients in compliance issues and litigates all types of employment matters for businesses with a heavy focus on discrimination and wage and hour allegations.

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