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Planning a Return-to-Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Produced on May 28, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

In this webinar, Susan Gross Sholinsky and Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper of Epstein Becker Green will address return to work planning in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussion will include an overview of federal, state, and local laws and guidance relating to re-opening, as well as practical considerations for various types of workplaces – from retail to professional services. Further, the presenters will answer some frequently asked questions about how to manage workers, social distancing protocols, and employees who refuse to come into work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review federal, state, and local guidance and laws relating to Stay at Home Orders, Essential Businesses, and Re-Opening of workplaces
  2. Manage leave law compliance in connection with COVID-19
  3. Identify practical solutions to ensure a safe workplace, from testing to implementing social distancing protocols
  4. Address reasonable accommodations
  5. Analyze potential sources of liability and affirmative steps employers can take 

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Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper

Epstein Becker & Green

NANCY GUNZENHAUSER POPPER is an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green.

Ms. Popper:

  • Counsels clients on compliance with EEO laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, worker classification issues, and other federal, state, and local statutes governing the workplace
  • Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
  • Prepares employment, consulting, and separation agreements
  • Audits employers’ employment policies, procedures, and handbooks to ensure compliance with applicable laws and best practices
  • Conducts workplace training seminars for employees, managers, and human resources personnel
  • Assists in defending clients in labor and employment-related litigation in a broad array of matters, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour disputes

Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Popper worked as an intern in the Law Department of the Kings County Supreme Court; the Employment Law Department of one the world's largest professional services, risk management, and insurance brokerage firms; and the Social Security Administration, among other positions.

While at law school, Ms. Popper received the CALI "Excellence for the Future Award" in Privacy in the Workplace.

  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2013)
    • cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 2010)
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Bar Admissions
  • New York

Susan Gross Sholinsky

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

SUSAN GROSS SHOLINSKY is a Member of Epstein Becker Green in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice. She counsels clients on a variety of matters, in a practical and straightforward manner, with an eye toward reducing the possibility of employment-related claims.

Ms. Sholinsky:

  • Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
  • Develops and audits employers' policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law and best practices
  • Counsels employers with respect to the avoidance of employment-related disputes, employee discipline, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, and termination of employment (including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force) Prepares employment, consulting, separation, and non-compete agreementsConducts workplace training seminars for employees, managers, and human resources personnel in a variety of industries
  • Performs company-wide audits pertaining to various wage and hour issues, such as appropriate classification of employees as "exempt" or "non-exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws
  • Counsels multinational companies on the unique labor and employment law issues they face
  • Promotes compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace
  • Represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, and employment contract cases

In 2019, Ms. Sholinsky was recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Counseling. 

Ms. Sholinsky serves on the adjunct faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she teaches courses concerning human resources and the law. She also frequently speaks at events and webinars on employment law topics and authors numerous publications on employment law issues. Ms. Sholinsky is Vice Chair of the firm’s National Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Steering Committee and Vice Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Professional Development Committee. She is also a member of the firm's Finance Committee and the Executive Committee of the firm's Women's Initiative. Ms. Sholinsky is also comanager and lefty second baseman on the firm's softball team, the EBG Bees.


Lucius L.

Timely and relevant information! Thanks!

Stephen E.

Fantastic! A great primer on handling the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Mary B.

Content was basic but is a good recap. The fact that it is basic may be because I am viewing in November 202O as a state emergency management agency official. Tech-wise, please provide the ability to increase the presentation text size while still see the presenters. It helps reinforce the substance.

Melissa L.

Helpful as an overview of issues, but should be updated around end of 2020 to add commentary and insight on current developments.

Mary Jo B.

Impressive presentation. Succinct, informative and concise. Well done!

Belinda B.

Useful and timely topic

Susan M.

Thank you!

terry r.

great presentation style; easy listening

Alma H.

Excellent -- very informational and pertinent. Thank you both.

Nancy K.

Very helpful and timely !

Inyeai O.

Good information regarding reasonable accommodations for those in vulnerable to a higher level of Covid 19 risk.

Mohammad S.

Helpful for returning to work

C Robert B.

Excellent course. Thorough. Good presentation.

Erin L.

Helpful and timely! Thanks!

Anne Katherine F.

Very thorough.

Darren R.

Great and very timely program

Christine M.

Course was outstanding


Very helpful, pertinent information. Thank you!

Phillip C.

Excellent and very timely presentation

Joshua B.

Timely as I was required by my firm to return to the office today.

Mark M.

A very well presented wealth of information.

Walter N.

Timely presentation

Terry R.

Excellent overview and helpful recommendations.

John H.

Excellent overview of developing area that is in need of attention for all coming out of the pandemic

Michael J.

These two speakers were the most engaging, dynamic individuals that I have encountered in all of my Lawline experiences. I look forward to viewing any additional CLE courses in which they are presenters!

Nnena A.

Very timely and well presented.

Elizabeth G.

Very interesting. I enjoyed this presentation.

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