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Nearly 100 People Participate in COVID-19 HR Webinar

Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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April 8, 2020 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, welcomed nearly 100 people to the free webinar, HR COVID-19 Advice & Input Webinar, held March 26.

Independent Consultant and frequent AICC speaker Christine Walters, FiveL Company, helped members navigate the continually changing rules and regulations for administering various employment policies, programs, and practices in light of COVID-19.

Walters, who explained that the webinar was not to be taken as legal advice, moved through the alphabet soup of federal, state, and local agencies and various bills, laws, and guidelines that are impacting employers.

One of the first issues Walters addressed was that of advance notice, citing the Fair Labor Standards Act and how many states require employers to inform employees of a decrease in an employee’s pay or pay rate. One could argue that a reduction in hours worked is not a reduction in the pay rate. She encouraged companies to avoid having to make that argument and give their employees notice as soon as they determine that a reduction in hours will be required. She also explained the difference between exempt and non-exempt employees relative to this scenario.

Another item of interest was how the government defines joint and integrated employers, which can determine if a company is over or under 500 employees, which is the threshold for the (Emergency) Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, as part of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)t. She gave the explanation of two companies, each owned by a different family member and financially independent companies, but share policies and handbooks. In those cases, she suggested that participants follow the link provided with the presentation to review joint and integrated employer definitions.

OSHA, which is always a topic of interest for AICC members, was also discussed. While acknowledging that most companies are vigilant to ensure they are providing their workers jobs and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious physical harm, she reminded attendees about record keeping requirements. She explained that companies with more than 11 employees must record their work-related illnesses and injuries, and she gave resources that explain when COVID-19 would or would not be reportable illness under OSHA.

She also went into great detail about sick leave under FFCRA, discussing the reasons it can be used, pay rates for those on this sick leave, and reminding attendees that this is separate from any paid sick leave the companies already offer.

Several other topics, including unemployment insurance benefits, workers’ compensation, and FAQs, brought the nearly hour and a half long webinar to a close.

A recording of the webinar, as well as the PowerPoint, can be found at


AICC also has two more webinars scheduled in the coming weeks:


Tuesday, April 14- Thursday, April 16 | 2:00 pm ET
Reducing Waste for Profit

This webinar series will offer attendees the opportunity to learn via videoconference, virtually tour machine centers, learn TIMWOOD principles, and calculate the time, money, and risk that will be redeemed when the action plan is implemented.


Thursday, April 30 | 3:00 pm ET
Navigating CRM Options

Led by Todd Zielinski, Managing Director & CEO, Athena SWC, LLC, this webinar is designed for those who are considering implementing a customer relationship management (CRM) system or have one that is not being used effectively to manage the sales pipeline. Attendees will be introduced to the fundamentals of CRM systems as it relates to the sales function; arm them with information on how to introduce, implement, and maintain a CRM system; as well as provide a comparison of three popular CRM systems. This webinar is free to AICC Emerging Leaders.


More information about upcoming webinars can be found at Questions about seminars or webinars and the value a well-trained workforce brings to a company can be directed to Taryn Pyle, Director of Education & Leadership Development,, or Chelsea May, Education and Training Manager, or 703.836.2422.