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One, Two and Three recaps. Government Permitting and Inspections in the Era of COVID-19
Confronted by the ongoing restrictions brought on by COVID-19, cities and counties around the country have been forced to evolve the government permitting process. Countless adjustments have been made to ensure the continuity of land use application procedures to uphold due process during planning board and commission hearings. Join our panelists to discuss how virtual public hearings and the new restrictions related to the global pandemic have changed the governmental approval process for land development.
The New Virtual Workplace – Unprecedented Legal Risks in Uncertain Times and Best Strategies to Navigate Them
Is your company protected? COVID-19 has left companies no choice but to increasingly allow employees the freedom to work from just about anywhere. This new reality is forcing employers to innovate like never before in order to successfully manage employees in an environment where in-person meetings are non-existent and telework has become an absolute necessity. Not surprisingly, companies are actively recruiting a brand new position, Director of Remote Work, for the singular purpose of navigating this new virtual “workplace” filled with unprecedented legal risks and uncertainties.
As the proliferation of employee lawsuits shows no signs of slowing down, this session will focus upon the pivotal strategies companies (regardless of size) must consider when dealing with workplace issues unique to this challenging time. These strategies include, but are not limited to, (1) updating policies for combating sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation (which continue to persist even in a work-from-home world), (2) ensuring that requests for disability accommodations are properly addressed in the context of remote work, (3) avoiding costly mistakes when monitoring employees’ schedules, hours worked, overtime calculations and PTO entitlement, (4) re-evaluating the FLSA “exempt” status of employees, (5) developing new methods to attain sufficient oversight over employees whom you rarely see, and (6) where necessary, understanding the legal and financial implications of employees increasingly seeking relocation to different states.
A New (not) Normal Marketing Approach
As pandemic-induced restrictions begin to lift, there’s a sense that we might be on the verge of returning to normal. But, during the months of quarantine we have been writing a new future – or shall we say a “new normal.” Join our group of panelists to discuss emerging leaders (and losers) who have been adapting their marketing strategies, as well as how marketers can employ a “three horizon approach” – navigate the now, plan for recovery and shape the next normal? We will cover the trends in what consumers want now vs then and how companies are addressing the need for agility and speed.
Trusts & Estates Innovation and Planning Opportunities: What to Do Right Now and What to Do Next!
Are you taking active steps in this environment to actively protect your wealth and assets? How has tax compliance been impacted by current IRS delays? How has premium financed life insurance become a great hedge and alternative asset class while expediting instabilities in the economy and market? In this session we will explore how COVID-19 has affected client management, planning and the future impact of the virus on the trusts & estates and the related tax compliance matters and planning opportunities with premium financed life insurance. Join us for a discussion on what we are doing to assist our clients through these challenging times, the new innovations surrounding these issues, and the one piece of advice we would share to any individual or family to truly make an lasting impact.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention – Tech Innovations Around Safety
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An increase in risk perception makes consumers more willing to pay for safety features, which, in turn, provides producers greater incentives to develop and commercialize technologies that address consumers’ demands for safety. Join our panel of industry leaders as we discuss what has been the low hanging fruit (i.e. plexiglass at checkout, curbside pickup, video conference, etc.) and what’s the next wave of changes to come.
Immigration Coffee Talk: European Travel Bans
Our monthly “coffee talk” with immigration leaders from around the world joins the Innovation Summit to discuss the latest issues and travel bans across Europe.
Development in the Age of COVID-19 – How Can Developers Keep Things Moving?
Developers around the country have been impacted by the pandemic in numerous ways, with some projects coming to a halt and others having to adapt their timelines. Join our group of panelists to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted various real estate classes including apartments, hotels, single family homes and more.
Education in a Pandemic: From Crisis Teaching to Distance Learning
From pre-school to doctorate programs, the education sector faces unprecedented challenges resulting from the onset of the pandemic earlier this year. Educators are responding thoughtfully with varied solutions involving learning. Research is already showing interesting results around students’ learning styles and adaptability. This panel of esteemed leaders in the education sector will address the response process, current trends and plans for the future of instruction.
View From the Top: Lessons on Business, Operations and Management in a Pandemic
Gerry Greenspoon, co-managing director of Greenspoon Marder, will lead a discussion about the new issues and challenges around operations, management and general business strategy in light of COVID-19.
Evolution on the Fast Track: The Cannabis Case Study
For an industry that is still federally illegal, there’s a lot to learn from cannabis businesses’ response to the pandemic. The industry rallied together early on to be declared “essential” in many states, cannabis businesses have rapidly created new, safe retail experiences, and company leaders and lobbyists are effectively shifting the public mindset on both the benefits of plant therapies and the impact of legalization on our new economy. Will this arc of growth slow soon, or will cannabis stay on the fast track? Join this panel to discuss!
Litigation, Client Relations & Cost Savings in the Era of Zoom
Co-managing director Michael Marder and litigation partner Beth-Ann Krimsky of Greenspoon Marder have been commercial litigators for the past three decades. Join this discussion to learn how attorneys have had to adapt their strategies and tactics for a virtual courtroom setting.
Social Justice in the Workplace
The heightened focus on social justice reform and the push for equity and fairness within our communities and organizations has leveled a new challenge for leaders. Join our group of panelists to discuss how companies are addressing social justice issues in the workplace and how leaders can build a more inclusive environment. We will also discuss how employers can support this conversation and create a culture of understanding at work and what they can do to attract diverse candidates.
Reimagining Commercial Space: A Forced Evolution
Join us for a panel discussion with top industry experts in the real estate field. How can utilizing data inform new strategies for physical retail? In this session we will be discussing a wide variety of topics including what’s next for brick and mortar retail, reimagining commercial office space, restaurants, the innovative ghost kitchen trend and more.
Hospitality Service Providers in the Time of COVID-19. How Does the Phoenix Rise From the Ashes?
This panel discussion will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality industry and in particular its impact on restaurants, bars and hotels. Emphasis will be placed on the virus’s economic impact on these stakeholders and the impact of the fluid and sometimes conflicting executive orders requiring varied operational adjustments. Discussions will also focus on the future of business operations, the role of local, state and federal government(s) in supporting an ailing industry and innovative tools for increasing guest confidence in the context of health, safety and profitability concerns.