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The Employment Guide To Surviving COVID-19: Critical Issues Today & Biggest Challenges Tomorrow

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 97 minutes
Recorded Date: May 21, 2020
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  • FFCRA Paid Leave Updates
  • Still Teleworking? Essential Information
  • State of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • Returning to Work
  • Aid & Loans
  • COVID Related Lawsuits & Trends
Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Recorded: May 22, 2020


This program will outline the latest legislative guidance related to paid leave, unemployment benefits, small business assistance, and more recent stimulus efforts. Perhaps most urgently, we will also explore the landscape for employers in the months to come, and outline concerns about lengthy delays in re-opening, employee retention, funding and liquidity, and likely exponential increase in employee claims for alleged violation of the mountain of new laws quickly past in the wake of the crisis.

This program was recorded on May 22nd, 2020.

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American Bar Association
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Vincent Tong

Tong Law

Vincent exclusively represents plaintiffs in employment litigation and business-to-business disputes. He is a tenacious litigator and a zealous advocate for his clients. Vincent has taken three cases to trial, in which he served as lead counsel, co-counsel and second chair counsel and has settled numerous cases on favorable terms for his clients.

In his business transactions practice, Vincent advises, counsels and supports his clients on matters pertaining to business formation, employment law compliance and monitoring and protecting their intellectual property rights.

Vincent is a bi-lingual attorney who, for close to 15 years has called the San Francisco Bay Area his home. Originally hailing from Anhui Province in China, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Vincent learned early on the timeless value of what imagination, determination and hard work can yield. After graduating at the top of his class from Oberlin College, Vincent sharpened his leadership skills through mobilizing diverse communities in campaigns for fair housing, consumer protection, and media justice. He also worked with local non-profit organizations in fundraising and grants development, and graphic design for marketing projects. ?

Vincent excelled at Santa Clara University School of Law and received numerous accolades including Best Oral Advocate, the Thurgood Marshal Civil Rights Scholarship, and an externship with the Superior Court of San Francisco. Vincent competed in the Moot Court competition as well as served as an associate for the Santa Clara Journal of International Law, where he authored a note on China's telecommunications policies. Vincent was also a recipient of the Pro Bono Award in recognition for his commitment to giving back to the community.

Vincent sits on the Executive Board for the California Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Bar Association. He also serves as the Northern California District Representative for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Vincent regularly provides pro-bono legal services to low-income communities through the Employment Law Center’s Workers Rights Clinic, AIDS Legal Referral Panel and California Lawyers for the Arts. Vincent is a supporting member of many organizations and communities, including the Earl Warren American Inn of Court, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, Thai American Bar Association, and National Asian American Bar Association.

Vincent is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for New Attorney from the Alameda County Bar Association. He is also a Super Lawyers – Rising Star, Northern California, 2015 through 2018, an honor awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys.

Vincent is licensed to practice before all state courts in the state of California, and the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

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Janelle R. Edwards-Stewart

Porzio Bromberg & Newman, PC

Janelle Edwards-Stewart is a Counsel of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in employment and education litigation and counseling.

Janelle handles an array of school and employment law matters affecting the firm's public and private sector clients in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies, including the EEOC and the New Jersey Department of Labor. She has litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law, including issues involving wage and hour claims, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing. She also handles a variety of education matters for school board, charter school, and private school for students with disabilities clients. Clients particularly enjoy Janelle's ability to bring about swift, cost-effective, and amicable resolutions, or favorable litigation outcomes, in the alternative.

Janelle has significant expertise and experience in employee discipline and removal, tenure and seniority, discrimination, student discipline, anti-bullying, and special education matters.

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Anthony D. Kuchulis

Littler Mendelson PC

Anthony Kuchulis focuses his practice on representing employers and management in employment litigation. Anthony also regularly advises on employment law issues, including compliance with state and local rules and ordinances, representation before board and regulatory agencies, and when necessary, defending or litigating claims through trial. Foremost in all of his work is understanding his clients and their concerns so that he can quickly address issues and potential exposure, while ensuring that his clients have the information they need to arrive at informed decisions based on specific circumstances, culture, and business needs. Anthony has over a decade of trial experience representing employers and businesses with advice and litigation support.

Since the inception of the #MeToo movement, Anthony has dedicated himself to developing and perfecting the next generation of anti-sexual harassment and anti-bias workplace training modules. These presentations focus on how employees can be good bystanders, avoid accidental missteps, and respond well to feedback. Anthony seeks to de-clutter traditional workplace trainings and counsels workers on looking out for situations, people, or conversations that are inappropriate for the workplace. He has presented this new paradigm for workplace trainings for employees and HR professionals around the country to high praise. Recently, he was asked to present an anti-bias and inclusion training program to hundreds of local law enforcement officers.

In his law practice, Anthony has represented numerous clients of all sizes and from every part of the Northwest. Anthony uses his experience to advise his clients as an efficient, bottom line-focused advocate. He is committed to helping businesses address the daily challenge of compliance and responding to claims, while not losing sight of the underlying key: that you have a company to run.

Anthony began his career with a clerkship at the Department of Justice and also tried cases with the Clackamas County and Deschutes County District Attorneys’ offices. While in law school, he served two years as an editor for the Lewis and Clark Law Review.

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