Masks On Campus: When To Enforce Rules Or Allow Legal Exceptions

Leading attorney and COVID-19 expert Melissa Fleischer will help you navigate the challenging situations that arise when employees and students refuse to wear face masks. You will learn the legal requirements and best practices for protecting your campus.

What You'll Learn

  • How should you respond when an employee refuses to wear a face mask?
  • How should you address a student who refuses to wear a face mask?
  • When are employees and students entitled to reasonable accommodations?
  • Would these employees or students be entitled to work or learn remotely?
  • What medical document would an individual need to provide?
  • Would an employee who cannot wear a mask be considered a “qualified individual with a disability”?
  • Is wearing a mask an essential function of an employee’s job when required by the government?
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Training Overview

When are students and staff exempt from wearing masks? Learn how to handle employees and students who cannot follow this critical safety requirement.

Some employees and students claim they cannot wear face masks. They may have legitimate reasons or could be trying to skirt the policy. You need to adopt a clear and consistent approach to exceptions on your campus, founded in legal obligations and respectful of individuals’ rights.

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities, which could include situations preventing mask use. In those cases, it is necessary to understand if and when you must offer reasonable accommodations.

  • How should you respond when an employee refuses to wear a face mask?
  • How should you address a student who refuses to wear a face mask?
  • When are employees and students entitled to reasonable accommodations?
  • Would these employees or students be entitled to work or learn remotely?
  • What medical document would an individual need to provide?
  • Would an employee who cannot wear a mask be considered a “qualified individual with a disability”?
  • Is wearing a mask an essential function of an employee’s job when required by the government?
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Who Should Attend?
  • Human resources professionals
  • Department chairs
  • Deans
  • Provosts
  • Vice presidents for student affairs
  • Faculty development staff
  • Safety personnel
  • College or university counsel
  • Superintendents
  • Principals
  • Student services directors
  • Other administrators
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Melissa Fleischer
  • Management-side employment attorney
  • Over twenty years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation
  • President and Founder, HR Learning Center LLC, an organization that offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues
  • JD Degree from the George Washington University School of Law