Navigating Employment Issues in the Times of COVID-19

Friday 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Session Description

COVID-19 has drastically changed how employers address issues in the workplace. This presentation will provide guidance for employers on how to lawfully navigate the unique employment issues and overcome various obstacles COVID-19 presents.

Learning Objectives

  1. Options for maintaining or reducing your workforce, including distinguishing and choosing between furloughs and layoffs
  2. Participants will learn how to Implement remote work arrangements, and avoiding the legal pitfalls that come with remote work arrangements
  3. Learners will be provided with information on how to address requested leave issues, including whether leave is required and, if so, whether it must be paid.

Gordon Hill

Gordon is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law Groups, and is the firm’s Assistant General Counsel for Labor and Employment matters. His practice primarily involves employment litigation and counseling, noncompete litigation, and general commercial litigation.

In his employment practice, Gordon advises, represents and defends corporate clients in a broad spectrum of employment-related issues. Gordon has successfully defended clients in a wide variety of employment-related litigation, but also provides proactive counseling and solutions to help clients manage their employees and avoid litigation. Gordon also represents clients in commercial litigation, including restrictive covenant, trade secret, and business litigation. Gordon has represented clients in the automotive, banking and credit union, construction, health care, information technology, insurance, manufacturing, real estate development, restaurant, software development, and staffing industries. Jeff is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group. His practice primarily focuses in the area of labor and employment, commercial litigation, cybersecurity, and automotive compliance.


Jeff Wilcox

Jeff represents employers in litigation involving claims of employment harassment, discrimination, retaliation, leave laws, wage and hour laws, whistleblower laws, enforcement of and defense against non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, background check laws, and other employment-related claims. Jeff represents numerous industries, including clients within the automotive, retail, hospitality, health services, transportation, manufacturing, and construction industries.

Jeff also represents clients in litigation involving complex commercial and consumer claims, including complex business disputes, contract disputes, cybersecurity and data breach claims, automotive compliance, and claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. In both the employment-related and complex litigation claims he handles, Jeff has experience litigating and resolving complex state and federal class and collective action lawsuits.

In addition to litigation, Jeff counsels and advises employers on various employment issues. He creates new and reviews current employment-related documents, including personnel policies and handbooks, executive employment agreements, confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements, compensation plans, background check authorizations and disclosures, arbitration agreements, severance agreements, and advises employers on applying and enforcing such documents. He also routinely advises employers on issues within the workplace, including issues involving hiring, termination, medical leave, compensation, employment classifications, retaliation, harassment, loss of confidential information, and contract disputes. Jeff also has experience guiding employers through employment-related agency investigations, including investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor.