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COVID Tests, Wrongful Death, and Empty Desks: Get a Glimpse of the 2021 Office with CorpGov’s 2nd “Reopening the Workplace” Event
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COVID Tests, Wrongful Death, and Empty Desks: Get a Glimpse of the 2021 Office with CorpGov’s 2nd “Reopening the Workplace” Event

Join Phosphorus, Vinson & Elkins LLP, The Perfect Company, ICR and The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association

Dear Readers,

Could my company face a wrongful death suit if an employee dies of COVID-19? What is the first thing to do when an employee tests positive? Should we demand employees return to the office or are there legal risks? These are just some of the serious questions facing companies as they reopen workplaces – and have become even harder to answer when compounded with uncertainties ranging from a coronavirus vaccine to an impending third wave of infection. To help companies develop thoughtful, safe plans, CorpGov will host a live session with a panel of experts who can offer the best answers and advice available.

To register, please click here.

We will hold the second event in our Reopening the Workplace series on Tuesday, October 27, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Our panel includes the CEO of Phosphorus, one of the first two companies to secure FDA emergency use authorization for out-of-clinic COVID tests, an attorney from Vinson & Elkins who can address the most difficult questions around employee treatment, the CEO of The Perfect Company, whose software helps restaurants and giant corporate offices operate touchless kitchens, and a Managing Partner at ICR, who provides expert counsel to companies on how to explain it all to their employees and stakeholders.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Onsite and at-home testing: How often to test and best practices
  • Potential vaccines: The continued role of testing
  • Communication: How to communicate reopening protocols and to which audiences
  • Workplace cleaning and disinfecting: Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices, including frequency needed to meet CDC guidelines
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Policies governing employee use of PPE
  • Telework: Planning and remote work considerations

The second installment of the Webcast series, hosted in partnership with PhosphorusVinson & Elkins LLPThe Perfect CompanyICR and The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association will feature leading experts and advisors, including:

  • Alex BisignanoChief Executive Officer at Phosphorus, a genomics company which has secured FDA emergency use authorization for in-home or workplace saliva-based COVID-19 testing
  • Michael WallaceChief Executive Officer at The Perfect Company, which offers a flexible, scalable software platform to support restaurants and commercial kitchens as they adapt to the post COVID-19 world
  • Anton Nicholas, Managing Partner at ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm
  • Alex Bluebond, Senior Associate, Labor and Employment at Vinson & Elkins LLP, a premier law firm with a diversified practice that serves the needs of a global industry
  • Hope KingMultimedia Editor, at CorpGov, a Capital Markets Media platform dedicated to corporate governance
  • John JannaroneEditor-in-Chief at CorpGov, a Capital Markets Media platform dedicated to corporate governance

“Companies need to carefully consider the most practical and effective approach to protecting employees and other stakeholders as they consider options for reopening safely during this challenging time,” said Alex Bisignano, Chief Executive Officer of Phosphorus. “In conjunction with best practices for workplace disinfection and PPE, reliable in-home testing plays an important role in ensuring employee and customer safety and enabling companies to return to productivity. I look forward to learning how to develop a comprehensive strategy for reopening.”

Phosphorus announced in September it was partnering with Albertsons Companies, Inc. to begin offering at-home COVID-19 test kits. Shoppers can pick up kits without entering grocery stores and complete the tests at home.

About Phosphorus

Phosphorus’s mission is to improve human health by better understanding and harnessing the power of the human genome. Having built the most comprehensive, high-quality, and cost-effective portfolio of genetic tests, Phosphorus is able to increase access and quality of care in the burgeoning field of genomics. The company currently provides panel-based, constitutional genetic testing in the specialty areas of Fertility, Cardiology, Lipidology, Oncology, Pharmacogenetics, Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Pediatric/Metabolic disorders. Phosphorus also offers the PhosphorusONE proactive health screen – the most comprehensive genomic test for taking a proactive look at your health. Additionally, Phosphorus provides the Elements™ software platform to enable any laboratory to easily deploy any of the Phosphorus genetic tests on-premise as a local solution. For more information, please visit our website at

About Vinson & Elkins

Vinson & Elkins is recognized as a premier law firm with a diversified practice that serves the needs of a global industry. We offer an integrated team of nearly 700 skilled lawyers in 11 global locations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more than 100 years, V&E has achieved excellent results for clients around the world. Our reputation has been built on handling day-to-day matters, as well as those involving pivotal and bet-the-company legal issues. Consistently high rankings in legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500, among others, reflects the confidence we have earned from clients and peers by delivering excellent results over the long term. For more information, please visit our website at

About The Perfect Company

The Perfect Company is an enterprise software company providing restaurant operators with connected solutions that streamline operations processes, improve guest experience and increase profits. Through partnerships with leading equipment manufacturers like Middleby, Wellbilt and Taylor, Perfect solves challenges ranging from contactless order pickup to timely and efficient food preparation forecasting and precise recipe execution.

About ICR

Established in 1998, ICR partners with its clients to execute strategic communications and advisory programs that achieve business goals, build awareness and credibility, and enhance long-term enterprise value. The firm’s highly-differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to more than 750 clients in approximately 20 industries. ICR’s healthcare practice operates under the Westwicke brand ( Today, ICR is one of the largest and most experienced independent communications and advisory firms in North America, maintaining offices in New York, Norwalk, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, San Diego and Beijing. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter at @ICRPR.

About CorpGov

CorpGov is dedicated to objective journalism to report and analyze today’s most important corporate governance issues. In an era when misinformation is rampant, we aspire to distinguish between truth and falsehood, along with opportunity and risk. Visit us at and also see our articles published on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg Terminals.


Twitter: @CorpGovernor


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