An Exclusive SHRM/CDC Update: How Business, Workers and Workplaces Should Respond to COVID-19


Presenters: Jay C. Butler, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Alex Alonso and Amber Clayton, SHRM

Original program date: March 10, 2020 (available for on-demand viewing through May 2020)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Reports of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in more than half of all states. Many communities have declared health emergencies. Employers must act now to determine how to maintain operations during this crisis and keep their workers safe. 

This program provides a critical, up-to-the minute report on the situation from Jay C. Butler, MD, deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will provide government updates and advice on how to take precautions and handle presumptive cases in the workplace. Butler will also answer questions about the challenges the business community is facing. 

During the program, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM's president and CEO, will provide an update on steps SHRM and the HR community have already taken during this crisis to keep workers safe. Alex Alonso and Amber Clayton from SHRM will also answer questions that have come into SHRM on compliance and best practices. 

Note: Due to the large number of attendees expected for this event, the presenters will not be able to take live questions during the program. Please submit questions in advance on the event registration form. We will not be able to respond to all questions received for this program. 


About the Presenters: Dr. Jay Butler, MD, is the deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control. In this capacity, he provides leadership of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers and helps to advance the agency’s cross-cutting infectious disease priorities. He has 30 years of experience in public health leadership and management positions. He is board certified in medicine, pediatrics and infectious diseases, and has served in public health positions in federal, state, and tribal governments.  

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. Prior to leading SHRM, he served a two-year term as chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. Taylor is the immediate past president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. His career also spans nearly 15 years in the practice of law and HR.

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, is chief knowledge officer at the Society for Human Resource Management. He leads operations for SHRM's Certified Professional and Senior Certified Professional certifications, research functions and the SHRM Knowledge Advisor service.

Amber Clayton, SHRM-SCP, is  director of the SHRM HR Knowledge Center. She joined the Knowledge Center team in 2011, after a career in HR leadership positions in the retail and medical sectors.

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This Event Eligible for Recertification CreditRecertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.



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