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London & Partners Business Resilience Series – Talent

London & Partners Business Resilience Series – Talent

Thursday, October 29, 2020

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

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London & Partners, London’s economic development and promotional agency, are hosting a series of events to help UK and US companies prepare for Brexit at the end of this year.  The first event is this Thursday at 1130am-12:30pm EST and will cover changes in access to talent, mobility across the EU and immigration visas for US employees.  Hear from experts from Tech Nation, Redfern Legal and recruitment specialist Propel London.


Duane Morris – The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era

Duane Morris – The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era

Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Employment Life Cycle of the Remote Employee (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Best Practices for Protecting Your Business from Class and Collective Actions and Unfair Competition (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Thursday, October 29, 2020: Navigating Leave Issues During COVID-19 (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Monday, November 9, 2020: Immigration Updates: Employee Sponsorship in the COVID-19 Era (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Monday, November 9, 2020: Immigration Visas and Travel: Navigating the Unnavigable (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020: NLRA Updates and Implications in the COVID-19 Era (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020: COVID-19 Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Compliance (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Key Wage-and-Hour Issues for Remote Workers (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Diversity and Inclusion (2:30 – 5:00 pm EST)

Thursday, November 12, 2020: State Law Updates, Including COVID-19 Workplace Laws and Regulations (12:00 – 6:00 pm EST)

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About the Program

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our annual Developments in Workplace Law and Practice seminar series has moved to a virtual format. Over the course of two weeks, Duane Morris Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice attorneys will examine the recent changes in employment laws, with a focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the workplace, and offers employers strategies for navigating the strange new realities we all now face.

Program Sessions

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | Employment Life Cycle of the Remote Employee

As working from home becomes the norm, how do employers manage employees remotely? Michael Cohen, Delia Isvoranu, Eve Klein, Marc Scheiner and Elisabeth Bassani discuss the different approaches employers must take to effectively manage remote employees at every stage:

  • Hiring and Onboarding
  • Wage and Hour
  • Home Operations
  • Performance Management and Terminations

Additionally, Maxine Bayley and Elise Berman will discuss the immigration issues of remote work arrangements, including I-9 and E-Verify requirements and sponsorship-related issues.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | Best Practices for Protecting Your Business from Class and Collective Actions and Unfair Competition

In this uncertain business environment, two of the most significant employment-related threats to your business are class and collective actions lawsuits and unfair competition by former employees and competitors. Class and collective actions may be filed for wage claims connected with remote work, as well as for EEO and WARN claims arising out of furloughs and layoffs. Employers may face unfair competition from former employees who are furloughed, laid-off or voluntarily depart (or from claims of unfair competition arising from hiring such individuals or groups of employees). Robert Eassa, Michael Gibson, James HollihanShannon Hampton Sutherland, Kevin Vance, Jonathan Wetchler, Jennifer O’Sullivan and Rebecca Ruffer will present the following program to help you manage these significant risks: (1) Learn the pros and cons of mandatory arbitration and alternate dispute programs from the perspectives of both the employer and employee, and how to implement them to avoid class and collective actions and reduce the burdens and expense of litigation; and (2) discuss from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives the best practices and contract terms vital to protect your business from unfair competition, misappropriation of confidential/trade secret information and employee raiding, and to defend your business from these claims.

Ted Chiappari and Olivia Scofield will outline the special considerations for employers with foreign nationals when using restrictive covenants and other protective agreements.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Navigating Leave Issues During COVID-19

With new legislation and regulations added to existing and already complex laws, employers face new challenges in complying with employee requests for leaves of absence. Ann Bradley, Linda Hollinshead, Lorraine Ocheltree, Maria Cáceres-Boneau, Sarah Gilbert and Marc Koonin will offer strategies to help employers with the maze of leave issues and laws impacted by COVID-19, including the FFCRA, ADA, FMLA, and state and local laws, along with special considerations for leaves related to pregnancy and child/school care.

Michael Hoops and Terra Ralston Martin will explain how leave requests involving foreign nationals affect their visa statuses and other immigration issues.

Monday, November 9, 2020 | Immigration Updates

Employee Sponsorship in the COVID-19 Era

Stay-at-home orders, short- and long-term remote work setups and business closures have rapidly changed immigration sponsorship in unprecedented ways. Constantly evolving immigration forms, policies, regulations and priorities make for a treacherous immigration landscape. In this one-hour seminar, learn the latest sponsorship trends and best practices for initial hiring, visa extensions and permanent sponsorship of foreign national employees. Hector Chichoni, John L’Esperance, Susanne Heubel, Alejandra Vargas and Fanny Wong will discuss:

  • H-1B Timing, Trends and RFEs
  • TN 10 Essential Travel and Stories from the Border
  • Multinational Transferees
  • PERM Advertising Requirements and Audit Trends
  • Green Card Sponsorship
  • Update on the October Visa Bulletin
Immigration Visas and Travel: Navigating the Unnavigable

Visa bans, country bans, quarantine rules, consular closures, flight restrictions and border closures… to name only a few of the challenges employers and employees face when traveling abroad. Who can go where and when? Even more importantly, how do they get back? Pierre Bonnefil, Jet Stigter, Angela Moore and Teo Purcell will discuss the current state of international travel for foreign national employees. Topics include:

  • Current U.S. Visa and COVID-19 Travel Bans
  • Essential Travel as Determined by CBP
  • What Should I Tell My Employees About International Travel?
  • Exceptions and Waivers to the Bans
  • How to Get an Emergency Visa Appointment

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | NLRA Updates and Implications in the COVID-19 Era

2020 has been a tumultuous year for employers, union and nonunion alike. Join Bruce Kasten, James Redeker, Eve Klein, Adam Keating and Elizabeth Mincer for a discussion of the recent labor developments that all employers need to know, with topics including: COVID-19 labor considerations and workplace issues, significant and precedent-shifting NLRB decisions, new and challenged NLRB regulations and our predictions of what may come next given that the election will be just days away.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | COVID-19 Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Compliance

Timothy Collins, Michael Gradisek, John Nixon, John Reade and Naina Kamath will discuss (1) the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on qualified retirement plans (including additional distribution and loan rights and suspension of required minimum distributions), (2) the issues surrounding the extension of health and welfare benefits coverage during COVID furloughs and leave periods (both paid and unpaid), (3) the impact of COVID on employment agreements and nonqualified deferred compensation plans and (4) the extended time frame available to participants and employers with respect to certain deadlines under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (including COBRA obligations).

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Key Wage-and-Hour Issues for Remote Workers

James Brown, Christopher Durham, Jennifer Kearns, Aaron Winn, Fatima Guillen-Walsh, Maryam Maleki and Eric Ruden discuss important issues in wage-and-hour law, including the legal differences between independent contractors and employees and exempt and nonexempt employees.

Kenneth Schultz and Denyse Sabagh provide immigration-related updates involving the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations of H-1Bs and PERMs, immigration sponsorship, hiring and reverse discrimination and an update on recent activities of the DOJ Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | Diversity and Inclusion

Meagan Garland and Meredith Gregston will address the diversity and inclusion topics that emerged during the pandemic: the Black Lives Matters movement, social justice and how employers can support and create diverse and inclusive workplaces even with the ongoing pandemic.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | State Law Updates, Including COVID-19 Workplace Laws and Regulations | 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Duane Morris attorneys from our network of offices will provide key updates from their states, including: New Jersey (Kathleen O’Malley and Danielle Dwyer), California (Lorraine Ocheltree, Delia Isvoranu and Brooke Tabshouri), Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. (Carla Murphy), Pennsylvania (Caroline Austin), New York (Eve Klein and Maria Cáceres-Boneau), Illinois (Daniel Canales and Jennifer Long), Georgia (Joseph Ciucci and Christopher Kanne), Texas (Meredith Gregston) and other states with significant changes.

 


EisnerAmper – Helping Women Achieve Success on Their Terms

EisnerAmper – Helping Women Achieve Success on Their Terms

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

9:00 – 10:30 am EST

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Work and life have collided like never before. Please join the Women of EisnerAmper of New Jersey and Sharon List, Professional Coach and Founder of All Inclusive You, for a webcast designed to help women find ways to increase their confidence, focus and well-being in order to achieve personal and professional success.

DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO YOU
Learn how to define your personal and professional success, remove obstacles, realize your strength, reclaim your joy and reach your goals!

INVEST IN YOU
Find ways to manage your stress, set boundaries and ask for what you need in order to get the most out of your career and your life.

VIRTUAL NETWORKING
After the live webcast, please join us for a virtual roundtable discussion in one of our networking rooms. Once you submit your registration to join a networking room, the discussion host will email you a WebEx calendar invitation with a unique room URL link. Please join the WebEx room at 10:00 AM (ET), once the live webcast has concluded.


TAG Masterclass: US SME in the UK

TAG Masterclass: US SME in the UK

Monday, November 2, 2020

11:00 am – 12:20 pm EST

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Brexit and the Day After: The UK and New Cross-Border Legal Issues

Brexit and the Day After: The UK and New Cross-Border Legal Issues

Monday, November 16, 2020

12:00 – 1:15 pm EST

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Brexit. The day after. The UK has officially left the European Union. It has, right? You’ll find out why the answer is “not quite”. You’ll find out why English law is still favored, but British courts may lose their centuries old Global pole position. You’ll find out what legal and administrative developments to watch for, key dates, and the key concerns on the British side and the EU side. And you’ll leave knowing the key post-Brexit points to bear in mind whether your business is cars, carpets, carbines, or caterpillars.


Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, October 30, 2020

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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TAG Masterclass: Long Term US Investor

TAG Masterclass: Long Term US Investor

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

11:00 am – 12:20 pm EST

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Climate Policy on the Road to COP26

Climate Policy on the Road to COP26

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST

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A joint webinar between the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) & UK Science and Innovation Network, with the goal of engaging students and early career researchers in developing solutions.


What Does the World Look Like in 2021?

What Does the World Look Like in 2021?

Wednesday, October 20, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

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The Covid-19 pandemic challenged the world to quickly pivot and adjust to new ways of working, networking, and doing business. In this time of disruption, we navigated turbulent waters to achieve the success that spurred innovation and transformation. At this time, we find ourselves wondering what the future brings.
Join us for a conversation between Moderator, Naomi Kent, and a panel of four thought leaders sharing their vision in these unprecedented times. The discussion will focus on “What Does the World Look Like in 2021?” How has your particular business and industry been impacted? How will 2021 continue to move your company and industry? There will be a time for Q&A from the attendees.
The event is free, but registration is required. A virtual link will be emailed to all registered guests the day before the event.

Financial and Economic Issues Related to the US Election

Financial and Economic Issues Related to the US Election

Thursday, October 22, 2020

4:00 – 5:30 pm EST

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SPEAKERS:

Patti Burquest – Leader of RSM’s Washington National Tax Practice
Ms. Burquest has held the previous positions of Principal, Tax Controversy Services, at RSM US LLP and McGladrey LLP;
National Principal in Charge of KPMG’s Complex Interest Services Practice and a principal in KPMG’s Tax Controversy Services Practice;
Senior Manager in KPMG’s Tax Controversy Services Practice and Washington National Tax Office; Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s
Healthcare Practice in Florida; IRS Chief Counsel attorney and Technical Advisor to the Special Counsel Large Case, IRS. Read full bio.

James Lucier, Co-Founder, Capital Alpha Partners
Jim Lucier leads the energy, environmental, and macro strategy practices. Lucier provides predictive, insightful analysis of trends
in Washington for an array of clients including asset managers, private equity investors, commodity traders, investment bankers,
and corporates. His fields of expertise include tax and trade policy  Read full bio.

Brian Gardner, Managing Director and Chief Policy Expert, Stifel
Mr. Gardner has held the previous position of Managing Director, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and was a former congressional staffer to
two members of the house Financial Services Committee and attorney in bank regulatory group at NY law firm,
Schulte Roth & Zabel. Regular guest on CNBC, Fox Business Channel, and Bloomberg TV.  Read full bio.

Jean-Paul Schwarz, Tax Princiapl, Citrin Cooperman
Jean-Paul Schwarz is a tax principal. He specializes in services to financial institutions. Jean-Paul has more than 30 years of experience
providing a variety of tax services in the domestic and international tax area. Jean-Paul successfully manages tax strategies for hedge funds,
private equity funds, venture capital firms, mutual funds, passive foreign investment companies (PFIC), management companies, general partners,
broker dealers, and securities firms. Read full bio.

MODERATOR
Jim Alex. Prinicipal at RSM US LLP – National Tax Go To Market Leader
Alex is responsible for developing and leading the execution of RSM’s go to market strategy from a tax perspective. He joins RSM from the
U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he worked on tax reform implementation alongside Assistant Secretary of the United States for
Tax Policy Dave Kautter, who was with RSM prior to his role with the Treasury. Read full bio.

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