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Replay Available – CorpGov’s 2nd Reopening the Workplace Panel: COVID Tests, Wrongful Death and Fireable Offenses

Will companies face wrongful death suits if an employee dies from of COVID-19? What happens to employees who break safety protocols and cause infection? Can companies demand employees return to the office? These are just some of the questions CorpGov addressed Tuesday, October 27, during the second event in its Reopening the Workplace series.


The panel included Alex Bisignano, CEO of Phosphorus, one of the first two companies to secure FDA emergency use authorization for out-of-clinic COVID tests, Alex Bluebond, Senior Associate, Labor and Employment at Vinson & Elkins LLP, who addressed difficult questions around employee treatment, Michael WallaceChief Executive Officer at The Perfect Company, whose software helps restaurants such as Yum! Brands, Inc. and giant corporate offices including AT&T Inc. offer touchless foodservice, and Anton Nicholas, Managing Partner at  ICR, who provided expert counsel to companies on how to explain it all to their employees and stakeholders.

The panel, hosted in partnership with The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association, also featured data from Sentieo, an AI-enabled research platform, and was hosted by CorpGov Multimedia Editor Hope King and CorpGov Editor-in-Chief John Jannarone. The event ran for one hour, including 15 minutes of audience Q&A.

Panel topics included:

  • Onsite and at-home testing: How often to test and best practices
  • Potential vaccines: The continued role of testing
  • Employee rule violations: What punishment is needed for legal protection
  • 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

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.


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