Welcome to Baker McKenzie’s new Labor and Employment video chat series for US employers. Our lawyers will provide quick, practical tips on today’s most pressing issues for US employers navigating the new normal. The videos complement our blog, The Employer Report, which provides written legal updates and practical insights about the latest labor and employment issues affecting US multinationals, at both the domestic and global level.
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.
If you’re looking for guidance related to the pandemic, please check out the below Reopening Playbook video chat series. It covers practical topics like masks in the workplace, expense reimbursement requirements, employee testing and screening and much more.
Reopening Playbook Video Chat Series
Quarantine Requirements for When Your Employees Travel to Hotspots (30 July 2020)
Speakers: Elizabeth Ebersole, Paul Evans, Robin Samuel
ICMYI Part 2: Employee Testing & Screening Update — What Can and Can’t Employers Do (23 July 2020)
Contacts: Susan Eandi, Paul Evans, Emily Harbison
Don’t Get Schooled by Employee Childcare Issues: What You Need to Know about Leave Laws as Schools Struggle with Reopening (16 July 2020)
Speakers: Emily Harbison, Michael Brewer and Robin Samuel
ICYMI: Employee Testing & Screening Update — What Can and Can’t Employers Do (9 July 2020)
Speakers: Susan Eandi, Emily Harbison, Robin Samuel
Employment Lessons from the Early State Reopeners (23 June 2020)
Speakers: Emily Harbison, Paul Evans, William Dugan
Employment Litigation Predictions in a COVID-19 World: An Insider’s View from the Plaintiff’s Bar (12 June 2020)
Speakers: Michael Brewer, Billie Wenter
Employee Expense Reimbursement: Requirements and Trends in a WFH Environment (12 June 2020)
Speakers: Michael Brewer, Susan Eandi, Emily Harbison
Employers: Protect Your Company IP While Employees Work Remotely (12 June 2020)
Speakers: Bradford Newman, Joseph Deng, Billie Wenter, Robin Samuel
How to Think About Moving to Permanently Remote Work (5 June 2020)
Speakers: Susan Eandi, Christopher Guldberg, Betsy Morgan, Grant Uhler
An Employer Primer on Workshare Programs (5 June 2020)
Speakers: Paul Evans, Robin Samuel, Billie Wenter
EEOC Guidance: To Keep Employees Home or Not (5 June 2020)
Speakers: Michael Brewer, Emily Harbison, Michael Leggieri
Trend Watch: The First Wave of COVID-Related Employment Litigation: What’s on the Minds of Employers and Litigators during COVID-19? (29 May 2020)
Speakers: Michael Brewer, Paul Evans, Jeffrey Sturgeon, Billie Wenter
Planning Internships in the Summer of COVID-19 (29 May 2020)
Speakers: Anne Batter, Emily Harbison, Benjamin Ho
Masks Unmasked — What Employers Need to Know About Face Coverings (15 May 2020)
Speakers: Michael Brewer, Joseph Deng, Susan Eandi
Best Practices for Navigating the Initial Lifting of Shelter-in-Place Orders (15 May 2020)
Speakers: Michael Leggieri, Teresa Michaud, Billie Wenter
Unique COVID-Related Wage & Hour Issues Employers Need to Know (15 May 2020)
Speakers: Paul Evans, Emily Harbison, Jeffrey Sturgeon
Best Practices for Employers with the Rush to Remote Working (15 May 2020)
Speakers: William Dugan, Emily Harbison, Brian Hengesbaugh
Practical Tips for Conducting RIFS During these Challenging Times (15 May 2020)
Speakers: Susan Eandi, Benjamin Ho, Chris Guldberg, Arthur Rooney
US Immigration Considerations During the Pandemic (7 May 2020)
Speakers: Melissa Allchin, William Dugan, Betsy Morgan
Data Privacy Issues Related to COVID-19 Health Questionnaires and Testing (7 May 2020)
Speakers: Amy de La Lama, Joseph Deng, Robin Samuel
Prediction: COVID-Related Employment Litigation Trends (7 May 2020)
Speakers: Michael Brewer, Mark Goodman, Teresa Michaud
Importance of Paying Attention to Pay Equity During COVID-19 (7 May 2020)
Speakers: Susan Eandi, Paul Evans, Emily Harbison
Key Benefits Questions Around the CARES Act (7 May 2020)
Speakers: Chris Guldberg, Benjamin Ho
Melissa K. Allchin
Melissa Allchin is an Attorney in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Practice with more than eleven years of experience in corporate immigration law. She routinely advises multinational and domestic clients on the strategy, requirements, and procedures to secure visas and work and residence permits and satisfy employment eligibility and other immigration-related regulatory requirements for a global workforce. Melissa frequently speaks on global and US immigration and immigration compliance issues at Firm and client events geared towards global mobility, human resources, and legal professionals. She has been a Member of the Firm's Pro Bono and Diversity Committees.
Caroline Burnett is a Senior Knowledge Lawyer in Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco office.
Amy de la Lama
Amy de La Lama is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office. She has assisted a wide array of companies (financial institutions, retail companies, sourcing providers, online businesses) in addressing legal issues related to global privacy and data collection, data security, information technology and related restrictions on data collection and movement.
Joseph Deng is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group based in Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office with a focus in global employment. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Deng advises major U.S. and other multinational companies on employment matters around the world with a focus on Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. He has advised on workforce expansions, international transactions, employee transfers, workforce restructuring, codes of conduct, compliance matters and employee investigations with the only international law firm to be ranked Band 1 in both Global Employment and Global Immigration.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Ebersole is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law group. She focuses her practice on cross-border employment law advice across the entire spectrum of employment issues facing multinational employers. Ms. Ebersole has been published in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. She was ranked one of the top employment and labor attorneys in Chicago by Super Lawyers.
Paul Evans is the New York and East Coast leader for the Employment & Compensation Practice Group, residing in Baker McKenzie's New York office. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Firm's North American Employment & Compensation Practice. 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, ERISA class actions, employment testing and validation matters, wage and hour class and collective actions, multiplaintiff and other complex labor and employment litigation.
Mark Goodman is a partner in the Firm's San Francisco office who serves as co-Chair of the firm’s North America Commercial Litigation group and is part of the North America Trial Team. Mark has led complex multidistrict litigation, handled class actions and tried cases in state and federal courts across the US for both domestic and international clients. Mark regularly presents on product liability, risk mitigation and cross-border disputes. Listed in Who's Who in American Law and a Fellow of the American Bar Association, Mark has been regularly recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, a member of the Legal 500 and as a member of the International Who's Who of Professionals.
Lara Grines is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the Firm’s labor and employment practice. Lara partners with her clients to find practical solutions to their labor and employment challenges.
While in law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John Kronstadt in the Central District of California. Lara was also a member of Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent, where she worked to help exonerate the wrongfully convicted.
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.
Emily Paige Harbison
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.
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.
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.
Teresa H. Michaud
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 serves as a member of the Global Steering Committee of the Firm's Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Industry Group. 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.
Betsy Stelle Morgan is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Immigration and Mobility Practice. Her work has been published extensively in US and international publications. She is ranked as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the World and has been listed in Chambers Global. She is the founder and co-editor of Baker McKenzie’s Global Immigration & Mobility Update, which currently boasts a quarterly circulation of approximately 16,000, and is also a co-author of the Firm’s US Business Immigration Manual. Ms. Morgan was a member of the Chicago Management Committee with responsibility for the office’s Marketing & Business Development, Social Responsibility, Pro Bono, Diversity and Alumni Relations Programs.
Bradford Newman is a litigation partner resident in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto Office and Chair of the North America Trade Secrets Practice. According to Chambers USA, Brad is a "recognized authority on trade secrets cases" who "is valued for his tenacious, intelligent and thoughtful approach to trade secrets matters." Bradford regularly serves as lead trial counsel in cases with potential eight and nine-figure liability, and has successfully litigated (both prosecuting and defending) a broad spectrum of trade secrets cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. He routinely advises and represents the world's leading technology, banking, professional service, manufacturing and commerce companies in connection with their most significant data protection and trade secret matters. Bradford is the author of Protecting Intellectual Property in the Age of Employee Mobility: Forms and Analysis, a comprehensive treatise published by ALM that offers authoritative guidance on legal risks and practical steps companies can take to protect their IP and remedy IP theft.
Blair Robinson is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's New York office. He represents clients on a broad range of labor and employment matters, including class actions and individual plaintiff litigation.
Robin Samuel is a partner in the Employment Practice Group of Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office. Robin helps clients manage and resolve local and cross-border employment issues, whether through counseling or litigation. He advises clients on virtually all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring and firing, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, employee raiding, and trade secret matters. Clients trust Robin to handle their most sensitive and complex employment issues.
Jeff Sturgeon is partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice group in Baker McKenzie's New York office. A skilled advisor and litigator, Jeff assists clients with their most complex employment matters.
Grant Uhler, an associate in Baker McKenzie's North American Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group, represents and advises multinational employers in the areas of US and international employee mobility and global employment law.
Mr. Uhler has particular expertise dealing with a variety of cross-border compensation and employment matters, including those pertaining to cross-border transactions, cross-border employee assignments and transfers, US and international expatriate taxation, and corporate expansions and contractions.a
Billie D. Wenter
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.