Jade McKenzie Participates in Law and Economics Center Webinar on COVID-19-Related Employer Liability
Seattle, Wash. (January 26, 2021) - Seattle Associate Jade McKenzie recently participated in a webinar panel titled, "Employment Law and Employer Liability Issues Implicated by COVID-19," hosted by the Law and Economics Center of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. During the webinar, Ms. McKenzie and her fellow panelists discussed under what circumstances employers may be liable when employees become ill with COVID-19, reviewed current pending litigation involving this question, and described various COVID-19-related issues that will likely arise in future litigation.
Ms. McKenzie explained the importance of employers complying with various state and federal regulations, pointing out the challenges that employers face in doing so. For example, she emphasized the stringent requirements under CAL-OSHA’s emergency standard and the short timeframe in which employers had to comply. She noted, “It’s hard to be an employer in California. It’s hard to be an employer throughout the country, and it’s really hard to be an employer during this pandemic. Some of the regulations that are being enacted are so incredibly onerous and difficult for employers to comply with.”
Ms. McKenzie is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice primarily includes defending private and public entity employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Ms. McKenzie also represents employers against claims involving wage and hour disputes.