COVID-19: Immediate Issues Facing Employers
The COVID-19 virus has posed unprecedented challenges for employers of all sizes. Agencies at the federal, state, and local levels are issuing a stream of guidance and orders that are updated on a daily basis. Relatedly, employers are trying to familiarize themselves with the obligations imposed and benefits conferred by a barrage of new legislation.
These constantly-evolving circumstances make it imperative for practitioners of employment law to stay abreast of current developments and best practices. The stakes could not be higher – both for employees’ health and well-being and for the survival of the business.
In this LIVE Webcast, seasoned employment lawyers and litigators Ellen Connelly Cohen (Call & Jensen) and Glenn Danas (Robins Kaplan LLP) will provide management and employee perspectives and in-depth analysis of some of the most pressing issues posed by COVID-19 in the workplace, including:
- The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act provisions re: paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave – which take effect April 1, 2020
- Wage and hour issues triggered by COVID-19 (including reducing pay of exempt and non-exempt employees)
- Applying the ADA framework to the new challenges posed by COVID-19
- Why employers need to pay attention to actions at the federal, state, and local level – and where to find helpful information and guidance
- Employers’ obligation to provide a safe workplace
- WARN Act implications of business shutdowns and furloughs
Ellen Connelly Cohen, Senior Counsel
CALL & JENSEN
Glenn Danas, Partner
Robins Kaplan LLP
- The new FFCRA and other government responses
- What employers can (and cannot) do re: temperature taking, medical inquiries
- Furloughs, shutdowns, WARN Act implications
- Websites/resources to be aware of for guidance
Who Should Attend:
- Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Chief Human Resource Officers
- Human Resource Executives
- Risk Management Officers
- Compliance Managers
- General Counsel
- In-house Counsel
- Top-Level Executives
Ellen Connelly Cohen earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. Ms. Cohen’s practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.
Ms. Cohen has litigated a broad array of employment matters in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ms. Cohen represents corporate employers in single-plaintiff litigation as well as class actions and representative matters under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. She has successfully defended clients against charges of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate disabilities, unfair competition, wrongful termination, and misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as a host of wage and hour claims.
Ms. Cohen’s practice also includes employment counseling. She assists clients with questions about leaves of absence, proper classification of employees, reductions in force, and employee discipline. She prepares and reviews arbitration agreements, separation agreements and releases, and confidentiality agreements. Ms. Cohen also has extensive experience preparing employee handbooks and other employment-related policies. She regularly conducts internal workplace investigations, interviews witnesses, and prepares position statements on behalf of employers.
Ms. Cohen enjoys lecturing on current topics in employment law and conducting seminars and anti-harassment training for diverse audiences.
Prior to joining Call & Jensen, Ms. Cohen was a Litigation and Employment Senior Associate in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. She also practiced at an employment defense boutique in Irvine. Ms. Cohen is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Cohen spent eight years in the field of higher education, serving as a residential adviser at Harvard University and an Undergraduate Admissions Officer at UCLA.
Ellen Connelly Cohen earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude. She received her law degree …
Glenn Danas is a partner in Robins Kaplan LLP’s Appellate Practice Group, based in its Los Angeles office. Glenn focuses on wage and hour litigation, primarily class actions and PAGA (Private Attorneys General Act) actions. Glenn has obtained some of the most cited wage and hour appellate decisions in recent years, including Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Services, Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls), Baumann v. Chase, and Brown v. Ralphs. In recognition for his leading role as an employment litigator in California, Glenn was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California in 2017 by the Daily Journal, received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2015 for his work on Iskanian, and has been named one of California’s top Labor and Employment Attorneys by the Daily Journal for the last five years in a row (2015-2019).
Glenn currently serves on the Executive Committee for the California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Section. Glenn was a law clerk to the Hon. U.W. Clemon, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (2001-2002), received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, and graduated from Emory Law School, where he graduated with honors and was a member of the Law Review.
Glenn Danas is a partner in Robins Kaplan LLP’s Appellate Practice Group, based in its Los Angeles office. Glenn focuses …
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About Call & Jensen
Call & Jensen is a full service civil litigation boutique that handles high-stakes business matters throughout California and the country. It practices in state and federal courts at all trial and appellate levels. The Firm has specific expertise in Employment and Labor, Complex Class Action Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Unfair Competition, among other areas. Call & Jensen serves clients in many industries, including consumer products, financial services, retail, technology, fashion apparel, action sports, restaurant, and telecommunications. With attorneys from the nation’s top law schools and most respected firms, Call & Jensen has the ability to assemble the best team of lawyers to achieve each client’s business goals.
About Robins Kaplan LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP is among the nation’s premier trial law firms, with more than 250 attorneys in eight major cities. Our attorneys litigate, mediate, and arbitrate client disputes, always at-the-ready for an ultimate courtroom battle. When huge forces are at play, major money is at stake, or rights are being trampled, we help clients cut through complexity, get to the heart of the problem, and win what matters most.
We are clearly focused on business results for our clients. We achieve landmark triumphs and drive thousands of other cases to resolution before they ever hit the courtroom or the front page. From Big Tobacco to Kraft v. Starbucks, Bhopal and the World Trade Center—we have changed law, business, and society for the better by redefining what’s possible.