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Key Workplace Considerations As We Enter the New Normal: COVID-19 Implications Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

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Description: Presenter Bio:
Mara Levin is a legal adviser, litigator, and seasoned trial lawyer whose clients include domestic and international private and public companies that operate in diverse industries, including real estate, retail and apparel, consumer products and manufacturing, and media and technology, as well as hospitality, travel, and leisure.
Clients rely on Mara to be an engrained part of their business—an outside general counsel who can resolve even the most contentious disputes as well as review contractual agreements and operational decisions through a litigator’s lens. As a result of her sound legal judgment, business savvy, and pragmatic approach to problem solving, many of her clients have sought her counsel and representation for decades.
Labor and Employment
For more than 20 years, Mara has helped clients manage their day-to-day employment concerns. She uses her keen understanding of enforceable provisions and recent case law to develop employment policies and practices that withstand judicial scrutiny, should litigation arise. Mara also designs risk management programs for employers and advises on all aspects of the terms and conditions of employment, as well as workforce restructurings, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, exit incentive plans, and all labor audits (including FLSA and I-9). She also advises on matters involving FMLA, disability, and other statutorily protected leaves.
Mara regularly conducts sensitivity training seminars, including anti-harassment, discrimination and retaliation, the promotion of civility in the workplace, and avoiding gender and implicit biases, for companies of all sizes and across all industries. Those tailored for law firms are CLE accredited.
Mara is regularly retained by employers to litigate all types of claims, including trade secret, restrictive covenant, and statutory violations, and to investigate and defend harassment and discrimination claims. She also represents C-Suite executives in negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, and restrictive covenants. She regularly litigates before federal and state courts, arbitration venues, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the NYS Division of Human Rights, and the NYC Commission on Human Rights, as well as other state agencies in which her clients are located.
Business Litigation and Real Estate
As lead counsel for complex litigations in federal and state courts, Mara has obtained successful verdicts in both jury and bench trials. Her extensive business litigation experience includes contractual and fiduciary breaches, fraud, economic torts, and UCC disputes, as well as trade secret, restrictive covenant, and legal malpractice claims.
Real estate owners, developers, management companies, and national retailers often call on Mara for her vast experience in commercial leasing and construction disputes. She regularly serves as outside general counsel to residential and commercial portfolio owners and management companies, as well as cooperative and condominium boards at many of New York City’s most prestigious addresses. On the real estate transactional side, Mara reviews management contracts, development agreements, construction agreements, and financing documents, offering prophylactic advice to avoid litigation down the road.
Caroline Donelan is a trusted adviser and strategic partner to both domestic and foreign clients, providing advice and defense counsel in all areas of employment law compliance and litigation, including wage and hour class and representative (“PAGA”) actions, wrongful termination/retaliation, discrimination, harassment, trade secret disputes, data protection, and alleged fiduciary breaches.
Caroline’s proactive risk management practice includes drafting key workplace policies and agreements, providing practical implementation guidance, conducting workplace trainings, managing internal audits and investigations, and providing day-to-day counseling on the wide variety of employment issues her clients face.
Caroline also provides transactional support and advice on stock and asset purchase agreements, including buy- and sell-side due diligence and executive agreements.
Stephanie Kaplan concentrates her practice in labor and employment litigation and counseling. Through proactive training and thoughtful auditing of employment policies, Stephanie works with clients to develop best practices and limit legal exposure. She advises and represents clients nationally on a variety of matters, including:
  • Litigation and investigation on behalf of employers involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, wage claims, and restrictive covenants in federal and state courts, and administrative agencies when applicable
  • Manage audits and investigations by federal agencies, including OFCCP audits of government contractors and DOL audits of wage-related issues
  • Employment policies and practices
  • Litigation avoidance
  • Executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and protection of corporate assets
  • Separation agreements
  • Labor arbitration
  • Reductions in force
Stephanie previously served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has also spoken at labor and employment law seminars and presentations, including at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on “A Behind the Scenes Look at Employment Litigation in Federal Court.”
Program Description:
This CLE will explore changes/modifications to sick and family leave policies, telecommuting (WFH), compensation, travel policies, office reconfigurations (to account for social distancing) and office furniture (to reduce the spread). In addition, we will explore implementing business continuity plans for second wave, furlough policies, alternating office/WFH shifts, and we will address ADA concerns, evaluating employee performance in the wake of mandated telecommuting.

Practice Areas: Administrative Law & Regulation, Employment Law
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 05/28/2020
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 1 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: 05/27/2023
Training Type: Online

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Mara Levin - Blank Rome LLP
Caroline Donelan - Blank Rome LLP
Stephanie Kaplan - Blank Rome LLP
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