As part of Crowell & Moring’s ongoing effort to keep clients informed about the most significant developments stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering a webinar series focused on issues that are immediate in terms of their impact, as well as issues that are just around the corner. Our focus is helping clients to anticipate issues, take proactive steps, develop appropriate responses, and execute sound legal, business and operational plans.

We have added one additional program to our line-up this week. On Friday at 3:00 pm EDT, we will hold a webinar entitled: What if Your Business Is Essential, But Your Employees Are Afraid to Report to Work? Details are included below.  We hope you are finding the content of these webinars to be helpful. Please let us know if you have questions.

Thursday, April 2 at 11:00 am EDT
COVID-19: “Virtual” Sanctions Compliance: Managing Your Team and Getting Your Regulatory Updates While Remote
Join us for a “couch side chat” for tips on how to effectively manage your sanctions compliance program virtually. We will also provide recent sanctions developments you might have missed while you were busy following important health news.
Speakers: Dj Wolff, Michelle Linderman, and Nicole Succar

Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 pm EDT
Business Disruption in a Pandemic: Does COVID-19 Excuse Non-Performance of a Contract
As COVID-19 rapidly evolves and continues to disrupt your business operations in many ways, companies are increasingly confronting the challenges presented by force majeure and related doctrines in their contracts. Join us for a discussion on the five steps companies should consider as a follow on to the alert we previously shared.
Speakers: Mark Klapow, Renee Delphin-Rodriguez, and Luke van Houweligen

Thursday, April 2 at 4:00 pm EDT
What’s Next for Your Employees: Congress Responds with New Rules for Employment and Benefit Programs
On Friday, Congress passed the COVID-19 Stimulus Law in its most recent installment of critical legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join us as we discuss the impact of the legislation on a number of employment and ERISA issues, including paid sick leave; enhanced unemployment benefits; payroll tax relief; pension plan funding relief; 401(k) changes to hardship/loan withdrawals and RMDs; employer student loan payments; health insurance coverage issues and COBRA; impact on HDHPs, HSAs, FSAs, HRAs; and executive compensation.
Speakers: Tom Gies, Christine Hawes, and David McFarlane

Friday, April 3 at 1:00 pm EDT
Tax Relief is Here: How to Take Advantage and is There More to Come?
Congress, Treasury, and the IRS have pushed taxes to the front line in the fight against a potential recession due to COVID-19. This webinar will discuss the actions that taxpayers should take now to benefit from tax credits and enhanced deductions under the COVID-19 Stimulus Law; changes to IRS collections, audits, and enforcement; and potential tax changes in the next wave of legislation aimed at inoculating the economy from COVID-19.
Speakers: David Blair, Starling Marshall, Teresa Abney, and Eric Homsi

Friday, April 3 at 3:00 pm EDT
What if Your Business Is Essential, But Your Employees Are Afraid to Report to Work?
As COVID-19 infections continue to mount, reports of employees becoming increasingly concerned about having to report to worksites across the country in service of essential businesses are escalating. Anxious employees are refusing to come to work, and in some cases, have already lodged formal complaints in court and with relevant agencies, notwithstanding the myriad efforts undertaken their employers both to adhere to CDC guidance and implement wide ranging safety measures. Please join us for a discussion of (i) the steps essential businesses can and should take when their employees refuse to work to report citing concerns about COVID-19; (ii) concrete measures employers should implement to satisfy their legal obligation to provide a safe work environment; and (iii) the legal risks associated with failing to do so.
Speakers: Ellen Dwyer, Dan Wolff, Glenn Grant, and Anne Li