In case you've not heard enough about COVID, it's time to talk about potential problems with the apparent cure. Employers have some risk surrounding required vaccinations. What are they? What could you be liable for? Is an adverse reaction really your responsibility?
Our Hot Seat panel will dive into this topic with their customary blend of information, bluster and bloviation (which we prefer to call "entertainment"). Rumors that Florida Judge David Langham will offer up a medley of his favorite Pat Benatar and Frank Sinatra hits cannot be confirmed at this time.
Our guest panelists are Bert Randall, President, Franklin & Prokopik, and Dr. Hung Cheung, President, Cogency Medical.
Bert’s marketing director would add that his trial practice involves complex civil litigation. While heading F&P’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, he focuses much of his efforts on strategic planning to avoid costly litigation. Bert’s marketing director also adds that he is a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, is a former Chair of USLAW’s Employment & Labor Practice Group, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation practice areas. Additionally, she says that he has testified before the Maryland General Assembly and serves as General Counsel to some of Maryland’s largest trade associations. She also says that he talks a lot.
Bert, however, says he likes long walks on the beach, hates rude people, and has never inhaled. He would also like to clarify that “talks a lot” means that he lectures extensively across the country and has been quoted in many legal and trade publications. His co-workers, family, and friends say that “talks a lot” means something entirely different.
“My philosophy is preventive,” he says. “Organizations need to design and develop policies that help prevent exposures, injuries and illnesses. Once we discover the root cause of a problem – using good science – we can create an action plan to prevent it from happening again.”
A former Maryland State Medical Director, he is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, educating doctors in training on matters of environmental medicine, risk management and public health. As a Fellow of the American College and Environmental Medicine, he is nationally-recognized as an expert in Environmental medicine, outbreak investigations & management, human risk assessments, risk communications and Medical advisory services. Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, he holds a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and has a medical degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Cheung and his team are at the forefront of the current COVID-19 pandemic and have advised many corporate, manufacturing and municipal clients on best practices to build workplace resiliency to prevent against such contagious agents.
He is in demand as a lecturer in prevention and remediation, as a scientific expert in legal and administrative proceedings, and has provided expert technical testimony to legislatures. Such activities include serving with the Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, the Baltimore City Healthy Homes Advisory Board and completing major epidemiological investigational studies for the Department of Defense.