Small businesses especially are facing huge challenges during the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The mandates ordering businesses to offer limited services or close entirely make it difficult for them to remain viable and financially solvent. The "Coronavirus and Small Business - Next Steps and Best Practices" webinar hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation aims to explain what the legal ramifications are for small businesses while explaining what resources are available to help them through these challenges.
The webinar is a free 1 hour 45 minute session that will be held on Friday, March 27, beginning at 11 a.m. It is being presented as a public service to cover important areas of information specifically to help small businesses. Registration is open and available here.
First, top business attorneys Andrew Levy and Ursula Siverling of McNees Wallace & Nurick will discuss the legal ramifications facing small business with suggestions on best practices to help them stay viable. Then, a top official from the U.S. Small Business Administration will discuss the resources available to help small businesses from suffering undue hardship. Dennis Davin, Secretary – Department of Community and Economic Development, will explain state-level aid that is available to businesses.
The webinar will then discuss how the coronavirus has impacted smaller businesses, what employers should be doing now to continue to protect their employees and customers – how do you protect your customers when the "doors" open again, what should you do if a noticeably ill customer shows up, how long do you limit your hours, and more.
Then, the webinar will move on to discuss best practices small business should continue to follow even when the pandemic finally levels off. This includes legal ramifications businesses must consider as they begin to get back up to speed: how long some of the modified laws will stay in place that you must comply with – FMLA, ADA, Wage and Hour, and more
There will be a short discussion about what business losses are covered under insurance and other financial resources.
The speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.
About the Speakers
Andrew Levy, Member, McNees Wallace & Nurick, is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group. He regularly advises employers with respect to a broad range of labor and employment compliance issues. Andrew represents employers in employment litigation in federal and state courts and in administrative agency proceedings, including employment discrimination and harassment litigation, wage and hour litigation, wrongful discharge and many other employment-related claims. He also represents employers in OSHA proceedings.
Andrew's labor practice involves representing management in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, and in NLRB proceedings. He represents many construction contractors with respect to labor and employment issues facing the industry, including compliance with prevailing wage laws and Taft-Hartley multi-employer plan participation.
Ursula Siverling, Of Counsel, McNees Wallace & Nurick, began her legal career as a litigation associate with a local law firm after graduating from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 2001. Later, Ursula joined Harsco Corporation where she held various positions within their Legal Department. In 2012, she moved to Human Resources and, for seven years, was the HR Director for Aluma Systems, a subsidiary of BrandSafway, where she was responsible for all HR-related matters in North America.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (invited) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. They have provided interim guidance for businesses and employers and have several strategic recommendations to help small businesses.
Dennis M. Davin was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf. In this position, Secretary Davin leads the Commonwealth's efforts to support business growth, strengthen the workforce, and revitalize communities across Pennsylvania. He oversees DCED's $1.6 billion investment in community and economic development projects since 2015, serving nearly 13 million Pennsylvanians.
Since the beginning of the Wolf Administration, Secretary Davin has had the pleasure of visiting more than 750 businesses to gain a first-hand understanding of Pennsylvania's industries and the challenges faced by businesses of all sizes. Under Secretary Davin's leadership, DCED launched critical economic development initiatives and has achieved success in attracting corporations to Pennsylvania, including major international projects. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served as Director of the Allegheny County Economic Development and the Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority. His experience also includes Executive Director of the Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority and Residential Finance Authority.