COVID-19 Considerations for Employers

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: April 01, 2020
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  • Leaves, Layoffs, and Furloughs
  • Wage and Hour
  • Safety and Liability
  • Discrimination and Accommodations
  • Employee Privacy
Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute
Recorded: April 1, 2020


Join Janie Schulman, Christine Lyon, and Niles Pierson, as they cover the top-of-mind issues related to U.S. employment law and employee privacy in the context of recent coronavirus developments.

This program was recorded on April 1st, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Niles Pierson

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Niles Pierson is an associate in the Litigation Department with a focus on labor and employment issues.

Mr. Pierson received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2015, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the executive notes editor of the Southern California Law Review. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2008.

During law school, Mr. Pierson served as a student scholar in the Saks Institute for Mental Health, Law and Policy; the academic co-chair of the Black Law Students Association; and vice president of the Government Law Organization. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pierson externed at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the chambers of Judge Arthur L. Alarcón and worked as a summer law clerk in the Office of the General Counsel to the University of Southern California. Mr. Pierson also volunteered at the Watsonville Law Center with the Legal Aid Alternative Breaks program, aided welfare recipients with the Public Counsel CARES program, and taught local high school students about the law with Street Law & Teen Court programs.

Janie Schulman

Morrison & Forester, LLP

A Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Janie Schulman has specialized in employment, whistleblower retaliation, and trade secrets litigation and counseling for more than 30 years. Since 2012, she has been recognized as a leading attorney in employment and labor law by Best Lawyers in America. She has developed expertise in employment law issues unique to several industries, including financial services, technology, medical/life sciences, retail, and hospitality. Clients appreciate Janie’s practical solutions to their employment problems, which align with the clients’ business objectives and are legally compliant. She enjoys being in the trenches with her clients and has worn hard hats at constructions sites, learned the latest developments in cancer treatment, seen dog food being made, studied the “bottle to throttle” alcohol limits for pilots of Gulfstream jets, and learned to swear in Japanese.

Janie became a lawyer so she could save the world and she is still working on it, devoting a substantial time to pro bono legal and community service. For more than 20 years, she has provided pro bono representation to the Children’s Bureau, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. She was the founding president of the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, a member of the Executive Committees of the Board of Trustees of the Chandler School, and a member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Bureau.

Christine E. Lyon

Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Chris helps companies develop privacy and data protection strategies for new products and services, as well as privacy compliance programs for their customer and employee data. A trusted advisor, Chris works collaboratively with her clients to develop practical approaches that leverage data while complying with evolving global privacy and data protection laws.

Based in Silicon Valley, Chris’ clients span various industries for which data are vital to operations or business models, including technology service providers, hardware and software companies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and consumer product manufacturers. She has extensive experience navigating privacy risks from design through production and beyond, regularly counseling startups and large multinationals alike throughout the lifespans of their products and services. Chris has particularly extensive experience advising technology companies on building privacy protections into cutting-edge offerings including connected products and services (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, and cloud-based services, as well as on managing the related “Big Data” implications. She also frequently conducts privacy assessments of new products and services and helps clients structure and negotiate the privacy aspects of M&A and other strategic transactions to both achieve compliance and manage data risks.

By addressing emerging data protection laws, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Chris helps clients achieve efficiency and cross-jurisdictional coordination in their privacy programs. She advises clients on workplace and employee privacy issues related to collection and handling of employee data. Chris also has experience implementing a variety of mechanisms to facilitate international data flows and transfers, including EU Binding Corporate Rules, Privacy Shield certification, and international data transfer agreements. She has coordinated projects spanning privacy law requirements in dozens of countries, consolidating this information into practical, actionable privacy programs for clients.

Chris frequently writes and speaks on the topics of the intersection of privacy and technology, and has won the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.

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