Coronavirus Response

 

ALA members, business partners and the legal community have reached out for information about how to handle the threat of coronavirus in the workplace. ALA is continuously monitoring authoritative public health and media threads in this ever-evolving landscape and will be pulling in reliable and relevant industry resources into this centralized location for your ongoing reference.

Please continue to check this webpage and even consider bookmarking it for easy reference as your needs arise. ALA members are also sharing resources, such as communications, in the Online Community. There is now a dedicated coronavirus discussion forum within the Online Community.

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ALA webinarsALA RoundtablesALA Hangouts
ALA publicationsPrevention resourcesBusiness continuity resources
Remote work resources  
 

ALA Webinars

FREE: The CARES Act and What It Means for Your Business
Available on-demand (originally aired April 6)

Learning objectives:

  • Classify the U.S. Small Business Administration loan options available to small businesses, including the Payment Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
  • Interpret the eligibility for the loans and the terms of the different loan programs.
  • Make use of guidance for preparing your loan application(s) and ensuring approval.

FREE: Flattening the Curve Without Flattening Your Employees and Company
Brought to you by VIP business partner iSolved HCM
Available on-demand (originally aired April 2)

Learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to execute/implement new requirements for family/medical leave, unemployment, paid sick leave, the Americans with Disabilities Act, equal opportunity employment, etc.
  • Illustrate eligibility requirements.
  • Outline the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • Summarize key elements for employers.

FREE: The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Is Here. Now What?
Available on-demand (originally aired March 12)

Learning objectives:

  • Classify your business insurance and workers’ compensation coverage.
  • Identify risk management implications.
  • Demonstrate how to communicate and lead effectively in a crisis.

ALA Roundtables

ALA has introduced a free supportive initiative, ALA Roundtables. These member-centered virtual roundtables will allow members to share knowledge and commiserate over our rapidly changing environment.

Upcoming: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Stress and Mental Health
Join live Friday, April 10, noon–1 p.m. Central
Register with this form to receive the Zoom link

The roundtable will be facilitated by Veronica Sutton and Ann Callahan of the Puget Sound Chapter. Here are some of the topics that may be explored:

  • How do we get a temperature check? With no or limited nonverbal cues, how can we assess the stress levels in our employee ranks?
  • How does stress manifest in behaviors? How do we assess these behaviors and when do we get involved personally vs. when do we encourage people to seek other resources?
  • What do we already know from dealing with other crisis situations? While not the same, are there tips to be had from other plans/experiences with extreme weather, other infectious diseases, fires, earthquakes, etc.?

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Operations
Available on-demand (originally aired April 3)

This roundtable was facilitated by Tara Ghannam Binge and Michelle Smith of the Puget Sound Chapter. Here are some of the topics that were explored:

  • What kind of communication or communication plan has been instituted in your firm to internally deal with the change in operations due to COVID-19?
  • How are you handling the day-to-day deliveries (e.g., standard mail, FedEx, coffee and refreshments for the office, etc.)?
  • What procedure have you put in place regarding handling internal self-reported cases of COVID-19?

ALA Publications

Legal Management Magazine

Surviving COVID-19
Read for tips about managing a healthy workforce and keeping your clients informed. (March issue)

Legal Management Talk Podcast

Coronavirus-Related IT and Remote Work Concerns with Michael Kemps
IT consultant Michael Kemps spoke about managing the remote workplace and keeping IT systems afloat as law firms and legal departments revise work-from-home policies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

ALA Hangouts

ALA has introduced another new option to communicate member-to-member: ALA Hangouts. As we find ourselves working digitally in new ways, let's make the most of this technology to connect, ask questions, identify challenges, share great ideas and support one another. Please join in!

  • Tuesday, April 7, at 1 p.m. Central — join on Zoom
  • Tuesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, April 21, at 1 p.m. Central

Curated Resources from Around the Web

Prevention

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19, WHO

How to Prepare for the CoronavirusNew York Times

Video: Handwashing Steps Using the WHO Technique, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Video about novel coronavirus, WHO

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions, Teladoc

Business Continuity

Podcast: What Should Law Firms Do To Prepare for a Possible COVID-19 Epidemic?, The Geek in Review

COVID-19, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

ALA Sample Business Recovery Plan, ALA Reference Library

As Coronavirus Spreads, Prepare Infectious-Disease Plans, SHRM

Staying Afloat When Disaster StrikesLegal Management

Cancellations, Crisis Planning and Clorox: COVID-19 Strikes Legal CommunityLaw.com

Coronavirus Preparedness Kit, Agility Recovery

  • Business partner Agility Recovery is offering ALA members a free preparedness checklist and a free coronavirus preparedness tabletop exercise, which they can use to game out responses.
  • The company also has a on-demand webinar, Coronavirus and Pandemic Planning: Protect Your People and Operations, that is free to view. Agility's Mark Norton covered how organizations can better prepare for pandemics like coronavirus and immediate next steps to take; there was also a Q&A session.