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COVID-19: Webinar series (Global)

19 May 2020 | Global
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The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant health, social and economic challenges world-wide, forcing governments and businesses to critically assess the impact to their people, operations and governance. 

We understand that navigating the pace of change, whilst also dealing with immediate issues can be overwhelming so we are continuing to develop insights to keep you abreast of the legal issues your business should be considering during this time.

 

COVID-19: Predictions for the new normal (Australia)

26 May 2020

Mark Rigotti (our past Global CEO for 6 years, having stepped down on 1 May 2020) shares his predictions for the new normal, focusing on two key business impacts resulting from the pandemic – the future of work and the reform opportunity - as well as the critical role of an engaged and motivated workforce in achieving a fast and positive recovery. Mark, now a partner and senior adviser with Herbert Smith Freehills, will be interviewed by Nicholas Carney (Partner) who will draw on Mark’s global experience and deep knowledge of the Australian market.

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Post-COVID-19: Re-imagining the sub-Saharan Africa mining sector (Africa)

21 May 2020

A lot has been said about the mining industry's current travails and what mining companies must do to survive. The question remains: what do we do after the lockdown? We find ourselves at another kairos moment in the World’s history - an important crossroads where we are afforded a brief opportunity to reflect on what a post-COVID-19 world should look like.

In this webinar, Patrick Leyden (Director, Herbert Smith Freehills) will moderate the discussion between Peter Leon (Partner and Co-chair of the Africa Practice Group, Herbert Smith Freehills), Fiona Perrott-Humphrey (Senior Mining Adviser, Rothschild) and Peter Attard Montalto (Director – Global Lead, Capital Markets Research, Intellidex) who will consider what the sub-Saharan Africa mining sector may look once the current lockdown period ends.

They will also indicate what steps sub-Saharan countries should take now to ensure that their mining sectors are placed on the correct trajectory to maximise future growth and development.

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COVID-19: People: Mining-related legislation and instruments (Australia)

21 May 2020

The emergency measures taken by all levels of governments in Australia in response to the pandemic have had a pronounced impact on the mining industry. The mining industry has sought to respond quickly to protect the health of its employees and local communities. These steps are in response to (and often ahead of) emergency measures and lockdowns implemented by governments.

Please join Partners Graeme Johnson, Anna Creegan and Jacqui Wootton along with Senior Associate Mark Smyth as they discuss key issues and practical tips to keep front of mind when navigating the constantly evolving legislative environment of the Mining industry.

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COVID-19: People: Psychological safety during COVID-19 (Australia)

20 May 2020

Danielle Kelly, our global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, interviews Sue O’Dea, Leadership Advisor with McKinsey & Company as well as with Cultivating Leadership, on how we can cultivate psychologically safe cultures not only now when many of us are working from home during the pandemic but also when we return to more “normal” ways of working.

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COVID-19: Pressure points: Leading through crises (UK)

19 May 2020

This webinar coincides with the UK Mental Health Week and we are delighted to be joined by Dr Beverley Flint, a clinical psychologist and leading mental health and wellbeing specialist (Director, C&I Wellbeing), and John Flint (former Group CEO of HSBC).

Pressure points: Leading through crises – managing tension across the organisation and balancing employee wellbeing, will look at the challenges of leadership through crises and adapting responses to it at Board, senior leadership and managerial levels, whilst recognising the unique humanitarian challenges of Covid-19 on mental health and wellbeing.

Amongst other things, we shall consider key questions, including actions in relation to:

  • mental health in the workplace - a clinical psychologist's perspective;
  • accelerated change and transformation – potential pressure points;
  • leadership in crises - lessons learnt and building a sustainable legacy; and
  • performance versus stress - authenticity and truth.

This webinar will be chaired by James Palmer, Chair and Senior Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills. 

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COVID-19: People: The return to work strategy - protecting people and places  (UK)

14 May 2020

People: The return to work strategy - protecting people and places, will look at the legal and practical considerations for employers and landlords as we exit the quarantine and prepare for the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK and EMEA region. Amongst other things, we shall consider key questions, including actions in relation to:

  • government requirements and practical recommendations to protect health and safety at work - how to implement the back to work strategy;
  • the data protection implications of measures which may be implemented to facilitate the return to work (e.g. contact tracing apps, public/private data sharing, temperature testing);
  • balancing risk and obligations - identifying potential pressure points;
  • potential issues for employers and landlords putting in place measures which exceed recommended guidance; and
  • reporting obligations.

The webinar will be chaired by Jeremy Walden, regional head of Herbert Smith Freehills' real estate practice (UK and EMEA), who will be joined by experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience and insight.

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COVID-19: Preparing businesses to return their people to work (Australia)

14 May 2020

Drew Pearson (Partner in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team) is host to a panel of experts discussing preparing businesses to return their people to work. Nerida Jessup (Special Counsel in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team) explores safety first – planning the transition back to the workplace. Catherine Pase (Senior Associate in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team) discusses returning to the physical office - navigating ‘the new normal’ and Alan Peckham (our Chief Administrative Officer) closes with a real life case study – how HSF is approaching return to work.

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COVID-19: Getting Into Flow During COVID-19 (Australia)

6 May 2020

Danielle Kelly (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion) interviews Dr Chris Stevens on how we can cultivate a mindset which will best serve us not only during these challenging times but also as we navigate the future.

Dr Chris is a clinician and organisational psychologist whose PhD explored the connection between creativity, innovation and the state of mind which we commonly refer to as being “in flow”. Now, more than ever, people want to work for organisations where purpose and values are at the centre of their work. Dr Chris will talk about the link between purpose and flow and the freeing-up of discretionary effort and innovative practices that this enables.

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COVID-19: Managing financial services regulatory and litigation risks beyond the COVID-19 crisis (Hong Kong and Singapore)

29 April 2020

Asia's financial services regulators, along with governments and central banks, are also taking measures – to maintain industry stability and market function, ensure operational and business continuity, identify risks and vulnerabilities, and maintain supervisory and regulatory activities. Hosted by our cross-practice panel of senior lawyers – William Hallatt, Gareth Thomas, Natalie Curtis and Tess Lumsdaine, this webinar covers the key priorities for senior management during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis, including:

  • Senior management accountability – what don’t you know?
  • Communications with regulators – what will they want to know?
  • Client engagement – meeting your obligations and managing exposures
  • Managing your people and keeping your culture on track

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COVID-19: Managing Supply Chain Issues (Australia)

29 April 2020

Merryn Quayle (Partner in our Disputes team) is host to a panel of experts discussing how to manage supply chain issues.  John Laing (Senior Expert, McKinsey) explores how businesses are coping with supply chain issues and what’s next, Kristin Stammer (Partner in our Corporate team) explores terms and products, Patrick Gay (Partner in our Competition team) discusses excessive pricing and ACCC relaxation of enforcement, and Nanda Lau (Partner in our Corporate team in China) looks at China, specifically shifting supply chains elsewhere and the state of China’s supply chain market.

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COVID-19: Pressure points: EMEA government support, shifting sands (UK)

28 April 2020

Pressure points: EMEA government support, shifting sands, hosted jointly with Global Counsel, will amongst other things consider: 

  • European Commission policy developments;
  • differences and similarities in approach between jurisdictions vis-à-vis business financing support and business tax reliefs; and
  • future roadmap and lessons learnt - a new Marshall plan?

The webinar will be chaired by Paula Hodges QC, head of Herbert Smith Freehills' global arbitration practice, who will be joined by Tom White from Global Counsel and experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience and views on these issues.

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COVID-19 - People: Prioritising wellbeing

23 April 2020

People: prioritising wellbeing, will look at how we adapt to the impact of Coronavirus – longer periods of remote working, reduced physical and social contact with others and increasing uncertainty bring new opportunities, and unintended consequences for us as individuals and as teams in relation to culture, productivity and engagement.

We’ll be joined by Petra Velzeboer, psychotherapist and leading mental health consultant. Proactively looking after our wellbeing, and that of those around us is increasingly important.

This webinar will be chaired by Chris Parsons, partner and Chairman of the India practice, and a staunch advocate for mental health and wellbeing.

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COVID-19 - Market Disclosure, Insurance and Class Actions (Australia)

22 April 2020

Carolyn Pugsley, Executive Partner, is host to a panel of experts discussing; market disclosure regarding COVID-19 and potential risk areas – by Timothy Stutt (Senior Associate in our Head Office Advisory team and Australian lead for our ESG practice), insurance – by Guy Narburgh (Special Counsel in our Commercial Litigation team), and Class actions – by Christine Tran (Senior Associate in our Commercial Litigation team).

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COVID-19 - People: European perspectives (Europe)

21 April 2020

This is the seventh in our series of webinars covering the business challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

People: European perspectives, will look at a number of the key issues currently being faced by employers operating across EMEA, and the transition back to work. Among other things, we shall consider key questions for management, including in relation to:

  • A summary of the employment protection measures taken across Europe and trends;
  • Protecting the safety of the workforce and best practice for organising a transition back to work;
  • Implications for the future of work;
  • Initial considerations when planning workforce restructures and collective redundancies; and
  • Any potential sanctions for breach of measures financed by Governments.

This webinar will be chaired by Emma Rohsler, Herbert Smith Freehills' regional head of practice (EMEA) for employment pensions and incentives, who will be joined by experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience and views on these issues. 

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COVID-19 - Pressure points: Navigating foreign investment and merger control regimes (UK)

16 April 2020

This is the sixth in our series of webinars covering the business challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pressure points: Navigating foreign investment and merger control regimes, hosted jointly with Global Counsel, will amongst other things consider:

  • Recent FDI regime changes and likely impact on cross-border M&A;
  • Developing a global FDI strategy and communicating with the FDI agencies; and
  • Navigating merger control regimes in the current climate.

The webinar will be chaired by Mark Bardell, a Herbert Smith Freehills' corporate partner, who will be joined by Gregor Irwin from Global Counsel and experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience and views on these issues.

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COVID-19: Tax and Employment Issues of JobKeeper Payment (Australia)

15 April 2020

Carolyn Pugsley, Executive Partner, is host to a panel of experts discussing the employment and tax issues associated with both claiming and administering JobKeeper.  Panellists; Andrew Howe and Daniel Sydes (Partners of Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, our affiliated tax advisory firm) and Anna Creegan (Partner in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team) explore how to determine if you are eligible for JobKeeper, claiming the benefit, flow-on tax consequences and implications of JobKeeper payments for employers.

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COVID-19: Governance: Decision making, reporting and disclosure obligations (UK)

14 April 2020

This is the fifth in our series of webinars covering the business challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governance: Decision making, reporting and disclosure obligations will amongst other things consider:

  • Board and governance response - immediate response, information flows and decision making;
  • Market disclosures - ongoing disclosure obligations;
  • Corporate reporting - form, substance and timing;
  • Dividends and distributions - directors' duties, policies and regulator views;
  • Shareholder meetings - practicalities and shareholder engagement; and 
  • Executive remuneration and share plans - pay reductions, share schemes and relevant institutional investor guidance.

The webinar will be chaired by James Palmer, Chair and Senior Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, who will be joined by experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience and views on these issues.

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COVID-19: Pressure points: Managing supply chain issues (UK)

9 April 2020

This is the fourth in our series of webinars covering the business challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pressure points: Supply chain difficulties, hosted jointly with Global Counsel, will amongst other things consider:

  • addressing supplier and customer financial distress;
  • competition law issues - pricing, relaxation of competition law rules, abuse of economic dependence;
  • product-related issues arising from over demand or failure of supply chains; and
  • suspension of performance and other contractual issues.

The webinar will be chaired by Paula Hodges QC, head of Herbert Smith Freehills' global arbitration practice, who will be joined by Tom White from Global Counsel and experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience and views on these issues.

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COVID-19: Regulatory uncertainties and contractual emergencies in the Italian energy markets (Italy)

9 April 2020

This webinar, held by Lorenzo Parola, Partner, Francesca Morra, Partner, Simone Egidi, Of Counsel and other lawyers of the energy and infrastructure team of Herbert Smith Freehills Milan Office, provides an overview of:

  • the recent changes to the energy regulatory framework
  • relevant competition law and state aid matters
  • implications on the MAR and REMIT duties
  • impact on permitting and authorisation procedures
  • implications on contracts
  • implications on financing transactions and finance documents
  • new rules on company governance
  • implications on M&A transactions

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COVID-19: Impact of Regulatory Behaviour (Australia)

9 April 2020
 

Hosted by Merryn Quayle (Partner in our Disputes team), this session focuses on the behaviour of regulators and how it is impacting the following areas:

  • Transactions – by Adam Charles (Partner in our Corporate team);
  • Investigations, enforcement and the courts – by Hugh Paynter (Partner in our Disputes team); and
  • Important JobKeeper scheme and Fair Work Act update - Shivchand Jhinku (Executive Counsel in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team).

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COVID-19: People: The challenges being faced (UK)

7 April 2020

This is the third in our series of webinars covering the business challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

People: The challenges being faced, will look at a number of the key issues currently being faced by UK employers, and the government support that may be available. Among other things, we shall consider key questions for management, including in relation to:

  • handling employee sickness, holiday and self-isolation;
  • the challenges around home working;
  • government's Job Retention Scheme (including coverage for pension contributions); and
  • collective redundancies and alternatives for cutting costs (including the scope for employers to reduce or defer pension contributions).

This webinar is chaired by James Palmer, Chair and Senior Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, who will be joined by expert colleagues who will share their experience and views on these issues. 

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COVID-19: Liquidity, Employment and Contracts (Australia)

1 April 2020
 
Carolyn Pugsley, Executive Partner, is host to a panel of Herbert Smith Freehills experts discussing the  most important COVID-19 topics of the week. Paul Apathy, Partner in our Finance team, discusses the temporary changes to corporate insolvency laws, Drew Pearson, Partner in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team, explores the JobKeeper Payment announcement and the latest employment implications of COVID-19, and Erin Wyeth, Partner in our Projects team, concludes with potential pressure points in contracts, including those in the force majeure and change in law regimes.
 

Speakers:

Carolyn Pugsley, Executive Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Paul Apathy, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Drew Pearson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Erin Wyeth, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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COVID-19: Pressure points: Managing liquidity - government support (Global)

31 March 2020

We are pleased to invite you to the second in our series of webinars covering the business challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pressure points: Managing liquidity - government support, hosted jointly with Global Counsel, will look at the government support available to companies facing a liquidity crisis. Amongst other things, we shall consider key questions for management, including immediate actions in relation to: 

  • cutting costs and stabilising the business;
  • drawing down under existing facilities;
  • accessing government support packages; and
  • State aid as an issue even in these extreme times.

The webinar will be chaired by James Palmer, Chair and Senior Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, who will be joined by Leo Ringer from Global Counsel and experts from Herbert Smith Freehills who will share their experience from past downturns and the current crisis.


Speakers

James Palmer, Senior Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Leo Ringer, Adviser, Global Counsel

Kevin Pullen, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Lode Van Den Hende, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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COVID-19: People: Considerations for employers (Germany)

27 March 2020

EPI Partner Moritz Kunz and Senior Associate Tobias Brinkmann will provide our clients with a practical guide to some of the immediate key issues facing employers in Germany in the context of the current health crisis.

The webinar will cover the following aspects:

  1. Short-time work
  2. Self-declaration (health, recent travel etc.)
  3. Compensation for quarantined workers
  4. Data protection implications (health information)

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COVID-19: Il punto sulle incertezze normative e le emergenze contrattuali nei mercati energetici (Italy)

27 Marzo 2020

Le scorse settimane hanno visto gli operatori dei mercati energetici impegnati a trovare soluzioni immediate a sfide mai affrontate in precedenza. Sul fronte legale l'interpretazione di norme non chiare ma immediatamente applicabili, un quadro regolatorio d’urgenza e la gestione di difficoltà nell'esecuzione dei contratti sono stati temi all'ordine del giorno.             

Il webinar si propone, da un lato, di analizzare, attraverso l'intervento di esperti dell'industry, l'impatto sul settore energetico della pandemia e della volatilità dei mercati e, dall'altro, di mettere a fattor comune soluzioni pratiche ai primi problemi legali e contrattuali che si sono presentati agli operatori.


Relatori

Salvatore Pinto, Chairman, Axpo Italia S.p.A.

Orazio Privitera, CEO, KEY to Energy

Pietro Bracco, Partner, PBL Studio Tributario

Lorenzo Parola, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Francesca Morra, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Simone Egidi, Of Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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COVID-19: People, pressure points and governance (Global)

24 March 2020

We are acutely aware of the wide-ranging and serious effects of COVID-19. We are offering clients a series of weekly webinars discussing the major issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our initial overview will outline the key issues affecting:

  • People (including employment, health and safety and data privacy);
  • Transactional situations (including M&A, supply chain and finance - strain, renegotiations, performance issues and disputes); and
  • Governance (including information, meetings, decision-making, documents, execution, disclosure and record keeping).

This webinar is chaired by Stephen Wilkinson, Executive Partner and Joint Global Head of Practice - Corporate.

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COVID-19: PANEL DISCUSSION - IMPACT ON BUSINESS (AUSTRALIA)

16  March 2020

Our COVID-19 panel session exploring the impact on business featured Dr Andrew Cuthbertson, Chief Scientific Officer and R&D Director at CSL, Damien Gance, Director at Chemist Warehouse and Hugh Falcon, Head of Capital Markets, Macquarie Group.

Herbert Smith Freehills experts, who have been advising on the legal implications of the emerging crisis, also provided insights into how COVID-19 could impact us in a number of areas:

Natalie Gaspar and Steve Bell, Partners in our Employment and Occupational, Health and Safety Group;

Peter Holloway, Partner in our Disputes Group;

Jim Theodore, Partner in our Projects Group;

Martin MacDonald, Partner in our Banking Group; and

Julian Lincoln, Partner in our Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group.

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COVID-19: The legal implications when the novel coronavirus impacts on the performance of a contract (ASIA)

12  March 2020

Many of you work on projects around the world, and it is increasingly apparent that even places which are so far unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak may have supply chains disrupted by the unprecedented recent global shutdown following the outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Regardless of where you are in the world, COVID-19 has affected your life one way or another. Companies are now faced with having to deal with unexpected situations, which include an inability to travel, disruptions in the supply of materials, employees having to work from home or taking mandatory leave of absence as preventive measures against the further spread of the virus.

Speakers:

Craig Shepherd, Global Head of Contentious Construction and Infrastructure, Tokyo Office, Herbert Smith Freehills GJBJ

Andrew Raymond, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution, Tokyo Office, Herbert Smith Freehills GJBJ

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COVID-19: Doing business with China in the current trade war environment (ASIA)

11  March 2020

ACC-Northeast, together with Herbert Smith Freehills-Kewei, invite you to dial-in for this important webinar.

Doing business with China has become increasingly tricky for many in-house legal departments in the current trade war environment and with the recent coronavirus outbreak. The regulatory environment is as complex as it has ever been and now even more uncertain due to recent government, political, public interest intervention for foreign investors. Attend this webinar and hear from experts on practical strategies to help navigate these complicated problems.  

Speakers:

James Robinson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, New York

Nanda Lau, Partner, Shanghai, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Gavin Guo, Partner, Shanghai International Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei (FTZ)

Cathy Liu, Partner, Shanghai International Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei (FTZ)

Frances Xu, Partner, Shanghai International Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei (FTZ)

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COVID-19: webinar - force majeure: Traps for the unwary (GLOBAL)

2 March 2020

A calm, cogent and objective analysis of contractual risk is crucial during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In this recorded webinar, Asia Head of Disputes Peter Godwin explains how force majeure may affect the performance of contractual obligations and offers "top tips" for companies in these unpredictable times.

The webinar covers:

  • Key principles of force majeure under English Law
  • Relying on English Law force majeure clauses
  • Effect of a force majeure event
  • Danger of invoking force majeure
  • Is force majeure all you need to care about?

Speaker: Peter Godwin, Managing Partner, Kuala Lumpur and Head of Disputes, Asia

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COVID-19: Employment issues arising from COVID-19: a regional view (Asia)

19 Feb 2020

All of us in the region have been closely watching the developments of COVID-19 day by day. As the situation unfolds, HR and inhouse legal teams are being challenged to respond to difficult and unanticipated scenarios. Join us for a live webinar as we discuss the legal and practical implications of COVID-19 in the workplace and how employers can best prepare. 

Speaker: Fatim Jumabhoy, Partner

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