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Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on Employment Law – November 19

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Hosted by: Multnomah Bar Association


The COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming and extremely challenging for employers, to say the least. Many organizations are surrounded by a flurry of questions including how to keep their workplace and workforce safe, handle furloughs and layoffs, manage employee leaves of absence and accommodations, and find ways to make remote work successful.

In this session, we will identify the foundational elements for successfully managing a telecommuting workforce, including potential legal issues. Attendees will also learn the fundamentals of the FFCRA and other leave available to employees, best practices for maintaining a safe work environment as well as what to consider when forced to downsize or lay off employees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and implement the foundational elements necessary to leverage the benefits of telecommuting
  • Implement practices for maintaining the company culture, encouraging collaboration, and creating an environment of inclusiveness
  • Mitigate risks that may be introduced or increase with a remote workforce
  • Know the critical steps to maintain a safe work environment and respond to COVID-19 exposures
  • Recognize when paid sick leave, FMLA, OFLA, the FFCRA and protected leaves of absence, time off or reasonable accommodations may apply
  • Critical factors to consider when reducing your workforce, including legal requirements


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SHRM: 1 Credit – Trupp HR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credit (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

Hosted by: Multnomah Bar Association








Jean Roque, President & Founder

As the Founder and President of Trüpp, Jean has a passion for contributing to and furthering the success of growing organizations. Her straightforward yet strategic approach focuses on delivering HR services that are tailored to the unique needs, risks, and business objectives of each organization while removing the complexity often associated with the HR function.

Contact: [email protected] | 503.828.0255 x101


Audra Hedberg, HR Compliance Consultant

In her role at Trüpp, Audra contributes as an HR Compliance Consultant—focusing her efforts on advising clients on regulatory compliance matters, authoring employment policies and handbooks, and contributing to client consulting activities. She has a passion for compliance and enjoys providing guidance under various federal and multi-state employment laws in a relaxed style which is easy to understand.

Contact: [email protected] | 503.828.0255 x112


Christine Thelen, Employment Attorney at Lane Powell

As a former HR consultant and seasoned employment attorney, Christine Thelen has a unique understanding of the challenges employers and HR professionals face, from workplace disputes and employee relation issues to compliant policies and practices. She provides advice and training to employers and human resource professionals on an array of HR policy, compliance, employee relations, and workplace issues. She also has represented employers in state and federal court, as well as before the EEOC and state fair labor practices agencies.

Contact: [email protected] | 503.778.2139


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