May 21, 2020
Corporate Conduct in the COVID-19 Crisis
As states across the country begin to relax stay-at-home orders despite public health experts' serious concerns, corporate America is poised to be one of the most important players in the pandemic. At-risk industries like grocery stores, meatpacking and poultry plants, transportation services, and warehouses, such as Amazon fulfillment centers, have been criticized for not taking adequate steps to protect their workers. And as non-essential businesses take the first steps to bring employees and customers back, some companies have retaliated against whistleblowers and aligned with congressional leaders to advocate for legislation that would protect businesses from liability for behavior that may unnecessarily expose employees and consumers to the risk of COVID-19 infection. Meanwhile, neither the CDC nor OSHA have issued mandates that employers implement any protective measures. Join ACS for a discussion of what employees and consumers can and should expect from corporate America during a public health crisis.
Russ Feingold, President, ACS
Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project
Heidi Li Feldman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Deepak Gupta, Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC
Christopher Wright Durocher, Senior Director of Policy & Program, ACS, Moderator