Mask on or Mask Off - How Can Employers Make Decisions in the Workplace with the CDC Changing Guidance on Masks and Vaccinations

Course Description

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on July 27, 2021, that it will adjust its advice to recommend that vaccinated people in substantial or high transmission areas of COVID-19 (defined below) wear masks in indoor public spaces. This guidance will substantially alter the CDC’s May 13 guidance that largely exempted fully vaccinated individuals from the indoor mask requirement. There has been no change in the outdoor masking recommendations at this time. In changing its masking recommendations, the CDC asserts that current scientific information indicates that the delta variant can be spread despite vaccine status, warranting an adjustment to its prior guidance.

This update can impact the workplace as Employers are struggling to mitigate the current vaccination gaps in the workplace. The challenge is that there are still many employees who are non-vaccinated, and the Delta variant will impact vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees. I know as a compliance officer that there will be what I call a mixed population of employees. It is more critical now to educate employees and leadership on best practices to manage the COVID-19 everchanging guidelines.

 

Why Should You Attend?

Two months ago, when the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people could shed their face coverings, COVID-19 was on the decline. Vaccinations have since slowed dramatically and only 58% of people eligible are fully vaccinated. New studies by the CDC show that fully vaccinated people who become infected carry as much virus as unvaccinated people do, suggesting they may be able to transmit the infection to others. Employers must make decisions for their workplace to ensure they are providing a safe and hazard-free workplace which is their obligation by OSHA under the General Duty Clause. The challenge is that the CDC guidance is not enforceable which makes developing policies that are consistent very difficult. This training will focus on relevant resources and best practices that Employers can use to create a safe and hazard-free workplace.

 

Area Covered In The Webinar

  • What does the new CDC Guidance include and how will it impact the workplace?
  • Learn why Employers are frustrated with all the changes in guidance
  • Learn what the challenges are for Employers when adapting to changes in guidance
  • Learn how Employers can mitigate some of the changes that are arising
  • Learn how the Delta Variant impacts the vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals
  • Learn that Employers in state specific and multi-state locations need to stay aware of the state status on COVID-19 surges
  • Learn what the CDC guidance say about vaccinated employees spreading the virus to unvaccinated employees
  • Learn what the CDC updated resources can do for the workplace
  • Learn how the new CDC COVID-19 Tracker will help Employers identify the status of COVID-19 to make policies
  • Learn how the new CDC Guidance on masks impact current vaccination guidance
  • Learn if the CDC update will impact Employers who plan to bring back employees from remote locations

 

Who Will Benefit

  • All Employers
  • Business Owners
  • Company Leadership
  • HR Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Managers/Supervisors
  • Anyone who wants to gain knowledge on the updates on COVID-19

Our Speaker

Margie Faulk

Margie Faulk is a senior level human resources professional with over 15 years of HR management and compliance experience. A current Compliance Advisor for HR Compliance Solutions, LLC, Margie, has worked as an HR Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors. Margie has provided small to large businesses with risk management strategies that protect companies and reduces potential workplace fines and penalties from violation of employment regulations. Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural. Margie’s area of expertise includes Criminal Background Screening Policies and auditing, I-9 document correction and storage compliance, Immigration compliance, employee handbook development, policy development, sexual harassment investigations/certified training, SOX regulations, payroll compliance, compliance consulting, monitoring US-based federal, state and local regulations, employee relations issues, internal investigations, HR management, compliance consulting, internal/external audits, and performance management. Margie is a speaker and accomplished trainer and has created and presented compliance seminars/webinars for over 16 US and International compliance institutes. Margie has testified as a compliance subject matter expert (SME) for several regulatory agencies and against regulatory agencies, thank goodness not on the same day. Margie offers compliance training to HR professionals, business owners, and leadership to ensure compliance with workplace and regulations. Margie’s unique training philosophy includes providing free customized tools for all attendees. These tools are customized and have been proven to be part an effective risk management strategy. Some of the customized tools include the I-9 Self Audit. Correction and Storage program, Ban the Box Decision Matrix Policy that Employers can provide in a dispute for allegations, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance Guide, Drug-Free Workplace Volatile Termination E-Book and other compliance program tools when attendees register and attend Margie’s trainings. Margie holds professional human resources certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. Margie is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE).

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