Human Resources Legal Advice You Need to Know Now

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COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, is presenting an unprecedented challenge to employers, with significant layoffs, furloughs and changes in office work procedures. This webinar will highlight the key issues facing you as you navigate the impact of COVID-19. Topics will include: the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and its interplay with leaves of absence, work hours and shift changes, remote work, wage and hour issues, furloughs, layoffs and the applicability of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

This session is sponsored by USLAW, one of ABA's exclusive member benefits.  USLAW is your national counsel right next door. USLAW attorneys are where you need us to be. USLAW has more than 6,000 responsive attorneys from more than 60 independent, full-service law firms – from coast-to-coast in the U.S. and in Canada where you do business – ready to respond when your legal needs arise.


Julie Proscia • Attorney • SmithAmundsen LLC • St. Charles, IL

Julie Proscia is an equity partner at SmithAmundsen LLC and practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. Julie actively navigates employers of all shapes and sizes through the legal pitfalls of the employment relationship. Julie aggressively advocates for clients in the areas of traditional labor and employment law, including but not limited to discrimination/retaliation cases, non-competition/non-solicitation enforcement, wage and hour litigation, and employment and labor arbitrations. Her impressive legal practice includes representing both public and private sector employers in federal, state and administrative venues. Julie also assists a number of not-for-profits with both their traditional employment issues, as well as the issues that arise before 501(c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations. Julie has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2015-2019, and as an Illinois Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Recognized as a "40 Illinois Attorney Under 40 to Watch" by the Law Bulletin in 2012.

Sandra L. Rappaport • Attorney • Hanson Bridgett LLP • San Francisco, CA

Sandy Rappaport has been practicing labor and employment law for California employers for nearly 25 years, and is well-versed in all aspects of the practice. She has litigated on behalf of employers in federal and state court cases involving wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment claims, disputes over unfair competition and trade secrets, whistleblowing claims, and more. She frequently also handles litigation on behalf of employers in labor arbitrations and in proceedings before quasi-judicial agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. Her complex litigation experience is vast as well, having led teams in the successful defense of federal and state class actions involving overtime, on-call time, meal/rest breaks, and business expenses, to name a few. Due in large part to her extensive labor and employment litigation experience, Sandy provides effective and trusted counsel to employers that helps to avoid litigation, on all matters having to do with employees. She regularly consults regarding the full panoply of employment concerns, such as wage and hour issues, managing leaves of absence, union relations, protection of trade secrets, and compliance with disability and family leave laws. She also leads teams in employment compliance audits, negotiates and drafts various agreements between employees and employers, and works with her clients to develop workable and defensible personnel practices and procedures.

Sheryl J. Willert • Attorney • Williams Kastner • Seattle, WA

Sheryl Willert is managing director of Williams Kastner whose practice is based in the Seattle office.  She concentrates her practice on counseling, investigations, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Sheryl has tried cases involving all aspects of employment law for both unionized and nonunionized employers in both the public and private sector.  She has litigated cases involving all aspects of employment law for both unionized and nonunionized employers in both the public and private sector.  Additionally, she has tried cases involving professional negligence, product liability, personal injury, contracts, and civil rights.  Sheryl is a past president of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the nation’s largest association of civil litigation defense attorneys.  She was that organization’s first female and first African-American officer.  Sheryl is a Chair Emeritus of USLAW NETWORK, Inc.

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