Employment and Commercial Law Issues Confronting Entrepreneurs in the Wake of the Pandemic – Presented by EO Sponsor Fillmore Riley LLP.
Thursday, April 30 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for businesses, many of whom are facing significant operational slowdowns, reduced revenues, and temporary closures. These difficulties also have implications for business as employers of staff. Dayna Steinfeld, a labour and employment litigation associate with Fillmore Riley will present on frequently asked questions by employers. This presentation will address questions that employers have about the legal requirements and possible pitfalls of staff layoffs, terminations, and reduced hours or pay for employees, as well as managing workplace health and safety and COVID-19-related leaves of absence.
Leases, supply agreements, loans, and most commercial contracts contain language permitting a party to avoid performance if a disaster or unexpected event gets in the way. In certain circumstances, the law will allow parties to walk away from their obligations, even if the language of their contract is strict. Brandon Barnes Trickett, a partner with Fillmore Riley with expertise in commercial litigation, will discuss some of the legal methods a contracting party can use to escape performance in extraordinary circumstances.