Employment attorney Jo Ellen Whitney recently participated in two Business Record panels.
On March 11, the Business Record hosted its monthly Newsroom 515 panel focused on coronavirus. The panelists discussed several legal topics, including taking a proactive approach to planning for emergencies, keeping employees up-to-date on their options for getting paid, and testing employees for potential COVID-19 exposure. Jo Ellen reviewed how the spread was affecting workplaces and what businesses should do to prepare. Also on the panel were Kelsey Knowles from Belin McCormick, Todd Van Thomme from Nyemaster, and David Walker from Drake University Law School. Business Record Publisher Chris Conetzkey and Senior Staff Writer Joe Gardyasz moderated.
Coping with COVID: HR in turbulent times
The Business Record also hosted a virtual roundtable on April 2 focused entirely on COVID-19 from an HR perspective. Topics covered included the importance of communication and continued human interactions within organizations as they make critical decisions on the fly that involve the health and safety of employees, clients, and customers.
The roundtable was moderated by Business Record Publisher Chris Conetzkey and Senior Staff Writer Joe Gardyasz. On the panel with Jo Ellen were CJ Jacobson from ITA Group, Ali Payne from Holmes Murphy & Associates, and Amanda Young from Bankers Trust.