Defining “Close Contact:” The Expanding Scope of Employer Workplace Contact Tracing


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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health authorities encourage or require employers to take certain steps if an employee is found to have been infected with COVID-19. However, many employers are left feeling uncertain about what those requirements are or and how they can take proactive steps to prepare for a potential exposure.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Key CDC Terms and Requirements
•   Assessing Who is a “Close Contact”
•   Contact Tracing in the Workplace
•   Required and Recommended Notifications
•   Developing a Disinfection Plan
•   Safe Return Guidelines

Date / Time: December 17, 2020

•   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: December 17, 2020

Julie Capell | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Julie Capell partners with her clients to help them to comply with California and federal employment laws and regulations. She thinks of her client’s businesses as her own and strives to find economic, strategic and efficient ways to follow the law and avoid litigation risk. Julie keeps herself constantly informed of new legal developments and communicates those updates to her clients on a consistent basis. She is also an immediate responder and available to her clients at any time, day or night.

In addition to providing advice and counsel to her clients on employment laws and regulations, Julie is also a tenacious litigator and trial attorney, and has defended employers in all facets of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour class actions. Finally, Julie is an accomplished trainer and presenter and regularly provides client trainings on harassment prevention, wage and hour compliance, and other employment laws.
Joseph Hoag | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Joseph Hoag’s mission is to help clients solve their employment law problems, whether that means advising clients in technical areas like background checks and occupational safety and health, or representing clients in court or administrative hearings. Joseph works hard to understand his clients’ concerns and how those concerns fit within the larger picture. “If my clients’ lives are not easier after talking with me, I have failed.”

Joseph represents clients in myriad employment claims, including discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. He has achieved success for his clients at all levels of state and federal litigation, from prevailing in dispositive motions and successfully defending those victories in state and federal courts of appeals, to successfully defending clients in bench or jury trials. Joseph has extensive, nationwide experience counseling and representing clients with regard to occupational safety and health laws and interactions with federal OSHA and state agencies like Washington State DOSH and Cal-OSHA. Joseph has also developed a specialized, nationwide practice regarding employment background checks and the complex, technical, and unintuitive obligations imposed by overlapping federal, state, and local laws.

Arielle Spinner | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Arielle Spinner represents both private and public employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, and First Amendment litigation, as well as disciplinary arbitrations. Arielle is also skilled in conducting workplace investigations, advising on compliance issues, and leading comprehensive employee training sessions on topics such as sexual harassment prevention, disabled employee accommodation, gender equity in the workplace, and transgender employee inclusion.

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I. Key CDC Terms and Requirements 3:00-3:05
II. Assessing Who is a “Close Contact” 3:05-3:10
i. How the definition has changed
ii. “Close contact” defined by jurisdiction
III. Contact Tracing in the Workplace 3:10-3:15
IV. Required and Recommended Notifications 3:15-3:25
V. Developing a Disinfection Plan 3:25-3:35
VI. Safe Return Guidelines 3:35-3:45
VII. Participant Q&A (15 Minutes)3:45-4:00