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“Clarifying Information Overload: Guidance for Hospitality Employers Reopening During COVID-19”


Tuesday, May 26th

As employers plan to resume operations and bring employees back to work, there are many considerations that did not exist prior to COVID-19, and a lot of conflicting information. This is especially true for the hospitality industry, which has been so significantly impacted by the pandemic. Employers need to be aware of safety concerns, potential liabilities and new legal requirements so that they can be prepared. Katharine Batista, Labor & Employment Attorney at Offit Kurman, will provide clear advice on reopening to ensure workforce safety and protect businesses from legal exposure. The webinar will include:

  • Practices to protect the health of your workforce and customers;
  • Policies to update and create to reduce exposure; and
  • Potential legal issues related to employees, customers and others re-entering the workplace.


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Ms. Batista is a Labor & Employment attorney that assists her clients when deciding issues like: If my employee has exhausted her FMLA leave and remains out, am I required to hold her position open? Can I terminate my employee for testing positive for marijuana? Will this non-compete agreement be enforced? She helps her clients answer these and similar questions, and vigorously defends their decisions. She represents businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, banks, retailers and health care providers, in the spectrum of employment and labor claims. Specifically, Ms. Batista successfully defends employers against claims of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful terminations and wage and hour violations. An employee’s post-separation conduct often requires legal advice and action too. Ms. Batista commonly represents her clients in bringing actions for breach of restrictive covenants and contractual interference, as well as defends them against such claims. Employment and labor law is ever changing. Employers need to feel secure in how they manage their employees so they can focus on their business. Ms. Batista affords her clients that security.



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