Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Webinar: Continued Workforce Related COVID-19 Guidance for Contractors

Sep 3, 2020

COVID-19 UpdateOver the past several weeks, SMACNA has received numerous inquiries from by members and chapter executives seeking more in-depth answers to their questions surrounding how to navigate workforce challenges associated with the persistent COVID-19 pandemic.

To answer these timely and business critical questions and provide ongoing guidance, SMACNA has again partnered with attorney Grant Collins of Felhaber Larson to develop a new webinar that will focus on two areas of concern for contractors.

New State COVID-19 Liability Laws

Several states have adopted new laws which provide liability shields for businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits. While these laws vary by state, the over-arching question of what they mean for your workforce remain. This webinar will answer two of the biggest questions facing SMACNA Members:

  1. Are there any Bargaining or Notice requirements for contractors and chapters that want to take advantage of these new state laws?

  2. What simple steps should contractors and/or chapters take in adopting these protections while maintaining good labor relations?

COVID-19 Leave Law Case Studies

This portion of the webinar will include recent case studies of FFCRA, FMLA, ADA, and other types of work-leave to examine what your best practices should be when employees need leave (or are required by contractors to take leave) for reasons related to COVID-19. Answers to the following questions will be provided:

  1. What are the employer’s legal rights?

  2. What are the employee’s legal rights?

  3. How can various difficult situations play out?

  4. What mistakes have employers made in these leave request scenarios (and how can you avoid them)?

SMACNA urges all members and chapter executives to take advantage of this opportunity to get practical guidance from an experienced attorney on how to properly handle the often murky waters of work-leave relating to COVID-19.


Title: Continued Workforce Related COVID-19 Guidance for Contractors

Date: September 10, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Register here.

About the Speaker

grant_collins 383x443Grant Collins of Felhaber Larson practices in both employment law and traditional labor law. On the employment side, he defends complex wage-and-hour lawsuits, including resisting class certification, and advises clients on issues of termination, severance, and compliance. Grant’s traditional labor practice involves advising clients on a variety of labor-related issues, including the recent phenomenon of employee social media use, responding to unfair labor practice charges, and handling grievance arbitrations.

Grant serves as co-editor of Minnesota Employment Law Report and is a frequent news media commentator on labor and employment cases. He is a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.