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Press Release25 March 2020

CIHLER/Cornell Webinar: Identifying, Understanding, and Complying with Employment Laws – Old and New in the Midst of a Pandemic

Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

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The COVID-19 crisis has affected every aspect of our personal and work lives. Both employers and employees are unsure as to their rights and obligations to each other and to themselves. As we all know, there are numerous statutes, rules, and regulations governing the workplace.

Many of these laws are applicable to the current crisis. In addition, the federal government as well as state and local governments have implemented emergency measures that need to be enacted without the usual time to digest and determine the best way to comply. The legal environment as it applies to this crisis changes so rapidly that it seems almost impossible to stay current, but employers and employees alike have no choice!

On March 27th Cornell University and the Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) will bring together lead practitioners and faculty experts to clarify productive answers to the employment law challenges that have emerged.


  • Existing laws that are at the forefront of the crisis: ADA, FMLA, WARN, Worker's Compensation, Wage and Hour, Unemployment, Paid Sick Leave / Paid Time Off
  • New federal laws passed with regard to the crisis
  • New state and local laws related to the crisis
  • Best practices for ensuring compliance, along with ensuring that employees and employers understand and appreciate what needs to be done under these unprecedented conditions


  • Celeste Yeager, SHAREHOLDER, Littler
  • Kate Walsh, DEAN, Cornell Hotel School
  • Dana Kravetz, MANAGING PARTNER, Michelman & Robinson
  • David Sherwyn, PROFESSOR, Cornell Hotel School
  • Paul Wagner, MANAGING SHAREHOLDER, Stokes Wagner


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Cornell Webinar: Understanding And Complying With Employment Laws, Old And New

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The Scho ol of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field.

Erica Heim
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