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Preparing for employment challenges in the COVID-19 world: key considerations for employers

Edgeworth Economics


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a series of legal challenges which employers should be prepared for. Among these are risks associated with perceived adverse impact in layoff, furlough and hiring decisions; pay equity concerns due to changes in salary, work hours and attrition; misclassification claims for exempt workers and independent contractors; and work off-the-clock claims.  

Join expert labour economists from Edgeworth Economics and Kevin White, co-chair of the Hunton Andrews Kurth labor and employment team, for this complimentary webinar addressing key legal issues arising in the COVID-19 world that employers should be aware of.

The panellists will discuss the following topics among others:

  • Risk of apparent adverse impact for firms facing layoff and furlough decisions
  • Risk of using hiring benchmarks which do not reflect the current COVID-19 influenced labour market
  • Pay equity issues arising from salary reductions and workplace attrition
  • Pay equity challenges for assessing “comparable” work and productivity for “similarly situated” employees navigating work from home while providing care to others at home
  • Misclassification claims resulting from managers covering non-exempt duties of laid off or furloughed employees
  • Off-the-clock claims from non-exempt employees now working from home, and employees facing daily health checks upon returning to the work place.



Stephen G Bronars
Edgeworth Economics




Dr Stephen G Bronars is an expert in employment discrimination, wage and hours matters, and the use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions, bringing his expertise in the rigorous analysis of complex datasets to the economic issues considered in these matters.


Deborah K Foster
Edgeworth Economics




Dr Deborah Foster is a labour economist and an expert in applying data analysis to labour and employment issues in legal disputes. She has provided deposition testimony and expert reports in both state and federal court, as well as mediation, arbitration, and trial support.


Kevin J White
Partner and co-chair of the labour and employment practice
Hunton Andrews Kurth




Kevin White co-chairs Hunton Andrews Kurth’s labour and employment team and has a national practice that focuses on complex employment litigation and employment advice and counselling.


Nathan Woods
Edgeworth Economics




Dr Nathan D Woods is an expert with more than 18 years of experience analysing topics relating to class certification, labour and employment, sampling, extrapolation and damages.


21 July 2020
17:00 - 17:55 UTC
55 min