WorkSmarts Half-Day Seminar

2021 Sessions

Courtside with Spencer Fane and the Labor & Employment Team

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 12:00 - 3:30pm

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Spring Into Action

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 12:30 - 4:00pm

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Fall Back Into Compliance

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 9:30am - 2:15pm and Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 12:30pm - 5:15pm

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2021 Labor and Employment Landscape:
What Happened, Where are We, and Where We’re Going

Wednesday, November 17 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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Pop-Up Webinars

Wednesday, March 31

12:00 - 1:00pm

An April Fool’s Joke? What the American Rescue Plan Means for Employers


Join attorneys Greg Ash, Sonja McGill, and Randi Winter for a Spencer Fane webinar covering the following topics:


  • Expanded financial relief

  • Compliance requirements

  • Employee benefit developments impacting employers under the new legislation

Greg Ash, Sonja McGill, and Randi Winter

Wednesday, May 19

12:00 - 1:00pm

Return to Office Update – Employer Challenges and Solutions


While employers instituted work-from-home policies virtually overnight at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic over one year ago, many are finding today’s employment law and employee relations challenges even more daunting as workforces transition back from remote work settings. Questions abound on topics ranging from accommodations and vaccination policies to health & safety and related employment issues concerning the physical office space. Join Spencer Fane Attorneys Andrew Brought and Randi Winter for a quarterly WorkSmarts bonus webinar to learn about the latest developments, expert guidance, and employer trends for safely and positively transitioning workers back from remote work settings.


This quarterly webinar is intended for HR professionals, office managers, business leaders, and in-house counsel who interface with employment matters. Topics to be addressed during the webinar include the following:


  • Can my office require mandatory vaccination for all employees returning to an office setting?

  • Can my company require employees to demonstrate vaccination proof before returning to work?

  • Do I need to provide telework accommodations for employees who now insist they are equally proficient in a work-from-home setting?

  • What are the most recent emergency standards from OSHA concerning the transition to in-person work at the office?

  • How is the new administration enforcing health and safety laws for worksites that have continued in-person work throughout the pandemic, and what lessons can be distilled for those jobsites where employees are just now returning to the office?

Andrew Brought and Randi Winter

Thursday, June 10

1:00 - 2:00pm

Return to Work Update – New Vaccine Guidance from the EEOC and Other Challenges


On May 28, the EEOC issued updated COVID-19 guidance, addressing issues such as:

  • Whether employers may require COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Whether information about COVID-19 vaccination status is confidential medical information under the ADA

  • Discussing some of the issues relating to employer incentive programs for vaccines

This webinar, presented by experienced employment attorneys Elizabeth Wente and Helen Holden, will discuss the updated guidance and provide practical tips for employers as they continue to address COVID-19 issues in the workplace.

Helen Holden and Elizabeth Wente

Tuesday, August 31

12:00 - 1:00pm

COVID Pandemic 2.0 for Employers: Vaccination Issues and Challenges


Join Spencer Fane attorneys Sue Willman and Randi Winter for another installment of our return-to-work webinar series to address recent COVID-19 employment law developments.


Topics will include:

  • Vaccination philosophies and approaches

  • Inquiries about vaccination status by employer and co-workers

  • Vaccination incentives

  • Alternatives to vaccination

  • Grappling with vaccination-related accommodations

  • Drafting and implementing vaccination policies

  • Handling polarizing employee beliefs and viewpoints on vaccinations

  • Most recent EEOC and OSHA guidance on vaccinations

Sue Willman and Randi Winter

Wednesday, November 10

2:00 - 3:00pm

The New Federal Workplace Vaccination and Testing Requirements Have Arrived.  Are You Ready?


OSHA finally issued its Emergency Temporary Standard imposing mandatory vaccination, testing, and other COVID-19 safety protocol requirements that generally apply to employers with 100 or more employees. In addition, federal agencies have begun incorporating similar requirements into their existing and new contracts with federal contractors and subcontractors. 
Join several of the Spencer Fane Labor and Employment Law attorneys, including Andrew BroughtHelen HoldenSonja McGill, and Randi Winter, for another installment of our return-to-work webinar series for an in-depth discussion of the new federal requirements, which are likely to affect the vast majority of the American workforce. 
Topics relating to the new federal requirements will include:


  • Which employers, employees, and workplaces are covered

  • Deadlines for compliance

  • Anticipated legal challenges

  • Recommendations for policy development and implementation

  • Accommodation and exception processes

Andrew Brought, Helen Holden, Sonja McGill, and Randi Winter

Thursday, January 21

12:00 - 1:00pm

Hit Us With Your Best Shot: Answering Your Questions About the COVID Vaccine and COVID Developments in the Workplace


During this webinar, we will discuss many of the questions that employers are facing relating to the COVID-19 vaccine and will provide updates regarding developments related to COVID-19 in the workplace.


Our presenters will discuss:

  • Whether employers can legally mandate that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Practical considerations relating to vaccine policies and employee questionnaires.

  • The legal parameters governing employee requests for disability- and religion-based exemptions to vaccination.

  • Developments related to employers’ obligation to continue providing FFCRA leave.

  • Practical issues that employers should consider regarding employees’ potential need for leave due to COVID-19 issues.

Elizabeth Wente and Randi Winter