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Welcome to Baker McKenzie’s Labor and Employment video chat series! In these quick and bite-sized video chats, our employment partners team up with practitioners in various areas of law to discuss the most pressing issues for employers navigating the return to work.

This series builds on our recent client alert and webinar on reopening for US employers. Each Q&A session is less than 15 minutes long and offers targeted insights into the critical questions employers are facing as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please click below to watch the video chats and be sure to let us know if there are additional topics you’d like us to address in the future.

Week 3 (29 May 2020)

Contacts: Anne Batter, Michael Brewer, Paul Evans, Benjamin HoEmily Harbison, Jeffrey Sturgeon, Billie Wenter

Week 2 (15 May 2020)

Contacts: Michael Brewer, Joseph Deng, William Dugan, Susan Eandi, Paul Evans, Chris Guldberg,, Emily Harbison, Brian Hengesbaugh, Benjamin Ho, Michael Leggieri, Teresa Michaud, Arthur Rooney, Jeffrey Sturgeon, Billie Wenter

Week 1 (7 May 2020)

Contacts: Melissa Allchin, Michael Brewer, Amy de La Lama, Joseph Deng, William Dugan, Susan Eandi, Paul Evans, Mark Goodman, Chris Guldberg, Emily Harbison, Benjamin Ho, Teresa Michaud, Betsy Morgan, Robin Samuel

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Joseph Deng is a partner in Baker Mckenzie's Palo Alto office. Mr. Deng — listed among the Southern California Super Lawyers rising stars by Los Angeles Magazine — represents multinational employers in all aspects of PRC labor and employment law. He is co-author of California Business Law Deskbook and co-author of "China’s Draft Employment Contracts Law: Impact on HR Issues in M&A in China" for the September 2006 issue of Human Resources.

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William (Bill) Dugan is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation Practice Group, residing in Chicago and New York, chair of the US Disputes Employment Group, co-chair of the North American Employment Disputes Group, and a member of the Steering Committee for the North American Employment and Compensation Practice. Bill has been recognized as a leader in labor and employment law by Chambers, he has been repeatedly recognized for his superior litigation defense in Super Lawyers, and Legal 500 has stated that Bill is a “master in the art of defending corporations in litigation.” Bill represents management in complex litigation in federal and state courts and other tribunals throughout the United States, including trade secret and restrictive covenant matters, class and collective actions, and labor arbitrations. Bill also counsels employers on a wide range of Labor and Employment issues.

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Susan Eandi is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law practice group for North America, and chair of the California Labor & Employment practice group. She speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Bloomberg, and M&A Counsel. Susan has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan has been recognized as a leader in employment law by The Daily Journal, Legal 500, PLC and is a Chambers ranked attorney.

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Paul Evans is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's New York office. For over 20 years, Paul's practice has included representation of employers at the US state, federal and appellate level in employment discrimination class actions, employment testing and validation matters, wage and hour class and collective actions, multiplaintiff and other complex labor and employment litigation.

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Christopher G. Guldberg has been practicing in the employee benefits and executive compensation areas since 1992 and is a senior member of the Firm’s benefits practice. He is a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and serves as a volunteer advising attorney for the Center for Disability and Elderly Law. Mr. Guldberg is a regular contributing author to Corporate Taxation and is a co-editor of the Firm's Compensation & Benefits Quarterly Newsletter. Mr. Guldberg has spoken on numerous benefit topics including executive compensation, retirement and health plans and health care reform, employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions and employee benefit issues for multinational corporations.

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Emily Harbison practices mainly in the area of labor and employment law. Ms. Harbison represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling and traditional labor law. She is actively involved in various pro bono efforts.

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Brian Hengesbaugh is chair of the Firm's Global Data Privacy and Security Business Unit, a Member of the Firm's Global IP Tech Steering Committee, and a Member of the Firm's Financial Institutions' Group. Brian is listed in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame and was recognized as a Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. He is also listed as a Leading Lawyer for Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) in The Legal 500 and is listed in Chambers. Formerly Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the US Department of Commerce, Brian played a key role in the development and implementation of the US Government’s domestic and international policy in the area of privacy and electronic commerce. In particular, he served on the core team that negotiated the US-EU Safe Harbor Privacy Arrangement (Safe Harbor), and earned a Medal Award from the US Department of Commerce for this service. In addition, Brian participated on behalf of the United States in the development of a draft Council of Europe Treaty on Cyber Crime, and in the negotiation of a draft Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition of Foreign Judgments. Brian has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, CNET, Slate Magazine, Compliance Weekly, BNA Bloomberg, PCWorld and other news publications on global privacy and security issues.

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Ben Ho advises clients on domestic and cross-border employment matters arising throughout the employment relationship. Mr. Ho also frequently counsels clients on employment law matters arising from domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and global corporate reorganizations.

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Michael Leggieri is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation Practice Group, residing in San Francisco. Michael focuses on employment law disputes, counseling, and trial work. Michael began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo in the US District Court for the Southern District of California.

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Teresa H. Michaud advises on all aspects of dispute resolution, primarily complex business disputes, class actions, intellectual property and international arbitration. She is the Co-Chair of the North American Class Action Subgroup and practices in both the Consumer Goods & Retail and Technology, Media & Telecom Global Industry Groups. She is admitted to practice in California, Texas and New York, and qualified in England and Wales. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US). Teresa is also one of the founding members of our Los Angeles office that opened in 2018.

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Arthur Rooney is a partner in Baker McKenzie's North America Compensation & Employment Law practice in Chicago. Joining the Firm in 2015, he brings with him nearly 15 years of experience in all areas of employment and labor law, with particular emphasis on defending employers in class and collective actions. Mr. Rooney was previously a partner in another Chicago-based firm, and clerked for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe of the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

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Jeff Sturgeon is partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice group in Baker McKenzie's New York office. A skilled advisor and litigator with over 15 years of experience, Jeff assists clients with their most complex employment matters.

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Billie’s practice includes all aspects of employment compliance and litigation under federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Before specializing in employment law, Billie focused on complex business litigation and class action defense. She also has extensive experience in a variety of substantive areas, including business disputes, white collar criminal defense, consumer protection, intellectual property, and products liability. Prior to entering private practice, Billie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Judge, Central District of California.