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 in the Online Community. There is now a dedicated coronavirus discussion forum within the Online Community.

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ALA webinars (last updated October 22)ALA Roundtables (last updated October 22)ALA Hangouts (last updated October 22)
ALA publications (last updated October 22)Prevention resourcesBusiness continuity resources
Remote work resourcesRecovery/returning to work resourcesWellness resources
Small Firm Meetups (last updated September 30)Business partner resources 

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ALA Webinars

UPCOMING: Onboarding and Offboarding Team Members in a Remote Work World
Airing October 28

Learning objectives:

  • Identify high-level best practices for developing onboarding and offboarding programs.
  • Use simple, actionable concepts to build a new program or strengthen an existing one.
  • Employ technology to increase the effectiveness of your program.
  • Prepare a plan that will set both you and your team members up for success.

ON-DEMAND: Viral Change: The Evolution of Law Firms in a Post-COVID-19 World
Available on-demand (originally aired October 21)

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize how the short-term decisions made as a result of COVID-19 are going to affect the mid- and long-term decisions.
  • Predict the mid- and long-term changes that are likely to impact the legal profession.
  • Explain why these trends will accelerate now and how law firms can adapt to them.
  • Identify the client priorities that are motivating these trends.

ON-DEMAND: Show Me the Money! How Can We Get Our Lawyers to Embrace Good Fiscal Hygiene, Especially in Light of COVID-19 and Remote Working?
Available on-demand (originally aired October 14)

Learning objectives:

  • Review the elements of poor fiscal hygiene that we can ignore in good times but must address in tough economic times.
  • Discuss how alternative approaches to fiscal hygiene can provide more predictability and economic safety.
  • Prepare attendees to spearhead or participate in these discussions in their own firm.

ON-DEMAND: Reimagining the Post-COVID-19 Law Firm
Available on-demand (originally aired September 30)

Learning objectives:

  • Review key law firm challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19.
  • Discuss some of the changes that law firm leaders are exploring, and why.
  • Prepare attendees to spearhead or participate in these discussions in their own firms.

ON-DEMAND: Adaptive Thinking
Available on-demand (originally aired August 26)

Learning objectives:

  • Create a toolbox of techniques to improve mental flexibility.
  • Illustrate the common mistakes that keep teams from solving problems.
  • Choose the one question teams can ask to generate more (and more innovative!) ideas.

ON-DEMAND: Leveraging Technology During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Effective Use of Technology and Preparing for Future Scenarios
Available on-demand (originally aired August 11)

Learning objectives:

  • Define three ways businesses can enable their staff to have remote access.
  • Identify the best practices and recommendations on these technologies, their implementations, and maintaining productivity.
  • Analyze considerations and best practices for reopening offices.
  • Devise logistics to anticipate potential future waves of the pandemic that may occur after offices are back up and running again.

ON-DEMAND: Creating the Resilient Firm of the Future
Available on-demand (originally aired August 6)

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the importance of having written business continuity and pandemic plans for your law firm, especially in the face of COVID-19.
  • Discuss the implications of the “new better” work environment for law firms and what this means for the safety, security and resiliency of your law firm.
  • Discuss how having a written business continuity plan gives law firms a competitive edge in a world where clients and insurers are insisting on compliance in business continuity industry standards.
  • Identify the key/essential elements of a comprehensive business continuity plan and the importance of testing your plans to ensure that your law firm remains resilient in the face of any threat.

ON-DEMAND: Keeping Your Head Above Water During COVID-19
Available on-demand (originally aired July 28)

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss how the virus has impacted our basic human needs.
  • Distinguish the important difference between stress and anxiety.
  • Identify stress management techniques for the mind, breath and body.

ON-DEMAND: Microsoft Teams: Much More Than Just Helping Remote Staff Stay Connected
Available on-demand (originally aired July 15)

Learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate Teams and Channels and share ideas on how they can be used.
  • Identify the many types and applications of Channel Tabs.
  • Discover document organization, co-authoring, comments and conversations.
  • Illustrate a deep dive on the vast interoperability of Teams with other functions and features of Microsoft 365 like Planner, Stream, Forms, Lists (new) and Power BI.

FREE: How to Plan and Manage When Change Is the Only Constant
Available on-demand (originally aired July 9)

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how firms adapted their administrative functions in order to continue supporting attorneys and clients effectively, including key successes and learnings.
  • Gain insight into some of the tools and techniques used to efficiently and cost effectively manage the flow of work between attorneys and their support staff including outsourced administrative resources.
  • Learn about future staffing plans and how firms are expecting to utilize remote working practices long-term, moving staff back into offices, or see value in a combination of both.
  • Assess the impact of an increase in support staff retirements, attrition and layoffs.
  • Discuss how the pandemic has impacted firms’ disaster recovery plans, strategic planning, budgets, and willingness to embrace change.

Safely and Legally Returning to Work in the Age of COVID-19
Available on-demand (originally aired July 8)

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the legal risks posed to employers by OSHA.
  • Review the legal risks posed to employers under premises liability.
  • Discover how to provide a safe workplace under OSHA and CDC guidelines.

We Can Work It Out: Generational Collaboration in a Work-from-Home World
Available on-demand (originally aired July 2)

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the historical and societal trends that shaped each generation.
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each generation.
  • Communicate effectively with each generation to meet their goals.
  • Adjust their approach when giving feedback or assigning tasks to colleagues.
  • Implement specific techniques for partnering with individuals from diverse generations.

Making Working Remotely Work
Available on-demand (originally aired June 24)

Learning objectives:

  • Develop tips and techniques taken from those who have mastered the art of working alone and at home to get more done in less time.
  • Discover how to focus, finish and find the balance between work and play to win each day.
  • Show how employees can come up with their own system based around their work style, strengths and organizing tendencies.

Zoom Fatigued? How to Stay Virtually Engaged Without Losing Our Minds
Available on-demand (originally aired June 17)

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how online meetings differ from in-person meetings.
  • List and describe three challenges inherent in online meetings.
  • List practical strategies for coping with “Zoom fatigue.”

Best Practices for Returning to Your Law Office
Available on-demand (originally aired June 11)

Learning objectives:

  • Examine the new skills and habits that workers have developed and how that impacts the future of legal workplace.
  • Outline how space guidelines can contribute to the health and safety of your staff.
  • Define how the pandemic is accelerating legal workplace trends.
  • Explain the importance and advantage of working in the office.

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 best practices in our rapidly changing environment.

Please send any questions or future topic suggestions to [email protected].

Note: For more chapter-focused sessions, review the Chapter Leader Educational Series. The page features a schedule of upcoming conversations and recordings of past sessions.

Are You Ready for the New Hybrid Workplace?
Originally aired October 9

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The roundtable was facilitated by Kevin S. Lee, JD, MDiv, a member of the Chapter Resource Team and the Silicon Valley Chapter. He invited several other members with different perspectives and from different parts of the country to serve as cofacilitators: Sarah E. Cramer of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, Chernice Dieudonne of the Atlanta Chapter, Donna Moser of the Oregon Chapter, Mary L. Randolph of the Capital Chapter and Louise M. Spinelli of the Western and Central New York Chapter.

On-demand: Reviewing the Performance Evaluation Process in the New Normal
Originally aired September 11

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The roundtable was facilitated by Shelley A. Strong of the Silicon Valley Chapter, a member of the Product and Service Review Committee and the Awards Program Project Team, and Lisa A. Waligorski, CLM, of the Orange County Chapter, who also teaches ALA’s financial web-based courses.

On-demand: Staying Connected to Your Colleagues and Attorneys While Working Remotely
Originally aired August 21

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The roundtable was facilitated by Angela Tyson, a member of the Capital Chapter, and Erica Fine, an independent member. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • What are firms doing to keep people connected?
  • What are firms doing now that may be different from the initial burst/wave of activities and meetings in the spring and early summer?
  • What does the new normal look like both at your firm and in your personal life?

On-demand: Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Hybrid Workforce
Originally aired August 7

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The roundtable was facilitated by Karie D. Rivkin, CLM, a member of ALA’s Board of Directors, and Holly K. Pulido, a member of the Chapter Resource Team.

On-demand: Managing Your Office in a Virtual World
Originally aired July 24

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The roundtable was facilitated by Barbara L. Fisher and Rachel Anne Robert, independent members from Ontario, Canada. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • Addressing loneliness and burnout among staff
  • Encouraging improved communication to resolve conflict

On-demand: July 10 Roundtable
This roundtable is being hosted by ALA's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Find out more here.

On-demand: June 26 Roundtable
This roundtable was hosted by ALA's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Find out more here.

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal — Possible Handbook and Policy Changes in the Wake of the Pandemic
Originally aired June 19

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The roundtable was facilitated by the New Jersey Chapter's Katherine E. Dart and Elyssa A. Goldstein, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP, a member of the Membership Development Committee. Has your firm or is your firm considering modifying and/or developing:

  • A work-from-home policy?
  • A visitors' policy?
  • A travel policy?

On-demand: June 12 Roundtable
This roundtable was hosted by ALA's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Find out more here.

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal — Preparing Your Office for Staff to Return
Originally aired June 5

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The roundtable was facilitated by Teresa J. Walker, Chair of the Professional Development and Advisory Committee (PDAC) and a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter, and Terri J. Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice Chair of PDAC and a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • How are firms responding to the new CDC guidance?
  • What physical changes are firms considering to workstations and reception areas?

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal — Remote Working: Is It Here to Stay?
Originally aired May 29

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The roundtable was facilitated by Stacey J. Ransleben, CLM, a member of the Chapter Resource Team and the Houston Chapter, and Jessica L. VanTroost, a member of the Membership Development Committee and the Jacksonville Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • Alternative work-from-home options going forward
  • Office space/rental structure
  • Client response to law firms working from home

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Keeping Employees Engaged and Maintaining Firm Culture in a Virtual Workplace
Originally aired May 22

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The roundtable was facilitated by Denise Gaskin, PhD, MS, a member of the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC), and Gail Reysa of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • Using technology to build engagement
  • Maintaining firm culture with partially or fully remote staff

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on PTO Policies and Potential Changes
Originally aired May 15

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The roundtable was facilitated by Elyssa A. Goldstein, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP, and Audrey M. Serban of the New Jersey Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • How to handle an influx of paid time off (PTO) requests after returning to work
  • Whether you should consider reducing PTO for the year
  • Whether you should offer more flexible schedules for child and/or elder care reasons in lieu of PTO

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Implementing a Communication Strategy from the Change Management Process
Originally aired May 8

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The roundtable was facilitated by Dawn H. Anderson, JD, PHR, SPHR, of the Atlanta Chapter and Teresa J. Tipton of the Austin Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • Communicating the reason for change
  • Communicating the danger in not changing
  • Determining the right spokesperson for each audience
  • Ensuring consistent messaging

Resources mentioned in this Roundtable: "The ADKAR Model: Why It Works" and "Communication Checklist for Achieving Change Management," Prosci; "Leading Through Change," Legal Management

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Returning to the Workplace, Part 2
Originally aired May 1

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The roundtable was facilitated by Dawn H. Anderson, JD, PHR, SPHR, and Laura K. Waterman of the Atlanta Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • Re-entry of attorneys and paralegals
  • Employees that rely on public transit
  • Looking at space needs
  • Someone presents ill at work

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Returning to the Workplace, Part 1
Originally aired April 24

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The roundtable was facilitated by Louise M. Spinelli and Sarah A. DiChiara of the Western and Central New York Chapter. Here are some topics that were explored:

  • Planning process for re-entry
  • Phase-in return
  • Requirements to return to work
  • Policy to incorporate remote workers and/or other policy updates

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Financial Considerations
Originally aired April 17

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The roundtable was facilitated by Terri J. Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Jennifer J. Bradshaw of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Here are some of the topics that were explored:

  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • SBA loans
  • Emergency loans
  • Summer programs

On-demand: COVID-19: Adapting to the New Normal with a Focus on Stress and Mental Health
Originally aired April 10

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The roundtable was facilitated by Veronica Sutton, SHRM-SCP, SPHR PHRca, and Ann S. Callahan, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CLM, of the Puget Sound Chapter. Here are some of the topics that were 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
Originally aired April 3

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This roundtable was facilitated by Tara Ghannam Binge and Michelle Mahan 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

Your Remote Workers: A Target for Cybercrime
Now is the time to focus your firm’s efforts on a secure and compliant remote workforce plan. (October issue)

Pandemic Priorities: Your People
The most important factor for most organizations to look after right now is their people. Regardless of your size or the market you serve, keeping your team healthy and happy is more important than ever. Even if it has never been a priority in the past, now is the time to focus on organizational development. (September issue)

Returning to Work: How Telehealth Can Provide Peace of Mind
Available 24/7, virtual care is a convenient way for employers to connect their workforce with health care experts. (July/August issue)

What to Do When Clients Can’t Pay
If clients are having a difficult time paying, there are some tactics to ensure your firm will survive, while still showing consideration for your clients. (July/August issue)

How to Craft and Communicate an Effective Work-from-Home Policy
With working from home suddenly the norm, legal managers are tasked with creating guidelines to help employees make the transition smoothly. (June issue)

Bringing Workers Back to the Office
The pandemic forced firms into work-from-home situations. Now comes the next phase: how to safely bring employees back. (June issue)

Top Ways You Can Ensure a Secure Zoom Experience
Take these steps to make your virtual meetings safer. (June issue)

Crisis Affects Everyone Differently — Here’s How to Make Sure Your Communications Reflect That
In a time of crisis, it is very important to embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace. (June issue)

How Legal Professionals Can Elevate Their Marketing During COVID-19
These tips will help legal marketers elevate their visibility and promote their value. (June issue)

Summer Associate Programs: A True Departure from the Traditional
With the start of summer, firms are facing a new challenge — how to host summer associate programs. (June issue)

From Law School in the Age of the Coronavirus
Like the rest of our lives, the process of hiring a recent graduate has taken an unexpected turn. (June issue)

Making Remote Work Work
This details one firm’s strategy for charting a path to success during COVID-19 and beyond. (June issue)

Leading Through Change
Now more than ever, legal managers will be asked to lead their firms through an unprecedented landscape. This continuing education (CE) course will explain how. (May issue)

Handle with Care
For employees who are struggling to help an ill parent or family member, employer-provided support can be a game changer. (May issue)

Working from Home? Here’s Your Cybersecurity Checklist
The realities of a remote workforce present new cybersecurity concerns for firms. (May issue)

In the New Era of Remote Work, What’s Your Best Technology Strategy?
These steps can help your firm handle the new work-from-home norm. (May issue)

Your Guide to the Temporary Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
This article provides an overview of the FFCRA. (May issue)

3 Takeaways About Leadership During Uncertain Times
In these extraordinary times, how you lead is more important than ever. (May issue)

Are We Really Prepared? The Critical Nature of Contingency Planning
These discussions may not be easy, but they are essential in creating a solid plan for life's "what ifs." (April issue)

The Top 5 Budget Items Law Firms Will Try to Slash in Response to COVID-19
What you should — and shouldn't — cut from your expenses, including membership in networks and associations like ALA. (April issue)

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

Legal Management Talk Podcast

Establishing and Maintaining a Wellness Program with Krista Hart
ALA member Krista Hart discusses how and why she established a wellness program for staff and attorneys at her firm, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel. She also talks about how the program has had to adapt to the new normal of a remote workforce with many additional COVID-19-inflicted challenges.

Leadership During Uncertain Times with Brianna Leung
GrowthPlay Consultant Brianna Leung returned to the podcast to discuss her recent Legal Management cover feature about change, which turned out to be a prescient topic as the COVID-19 pandemic alters our professional and personal lives.

Marketing and Managing Law Firm Expenses After COVID-19 with Ross Fishman, JD
Ross Fishman, JD, expanded on his recent Legal Management column about avoiding slashing all marketing costs due to the COVID-19-related business downturn. Instead, he advocates for hustling for new business, emphasizing busy practice areas and focusing your spend where it counts in order to stay competitive.

Wellness Strategies During the Pandemic with Lance Breger
Lance Breger, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Wellness Partners, joined the podcast to talk about how to handle team-building, negative emotions and wellness as we deal with remote work and major stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

LM Extras

6 Ways that Law Firms Can Keep Remote Employees Engaged
Technology has made getting work done remotely more seamless, but one piece is hard for even technology to completely replicate: feeling connected and engaged with your colleagues. (September 2020)

Insurance Upset
Law firms face uncertain coverage when employees and clients contract COVID-19. (September 2020)

The Show Must (Remotely) Go On: Transitioning from Live to Virtual Retreats
Here's how to run a successful virtual retreat for your partners. (August 2020)

Today, Every Lawyer Can Be a Trusted Adviser
Lawyers should be checking in on their clients during these difficult times. (August 2020)

Law Firms Up Their Game at Lease Renewal Time
The pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn have firms reexamining their lease options. (August 2020)

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!

Starting in November, Hangouts will be held once a month on the second Tuesday of the month. Click here to find recordings from past Hangouts. And click here to fill out a form to receive the Zoom link for the next Hangout

  • Tuesday, October 27, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, November 10, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, December 8, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, January 12, at 1 p.m. Central

Small Firm Meetups

Small Firm Meetups will occur every other week via Zoom on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Central. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Recordings after July are hosted on the Small Law Firm Community.

July 22 Meetup

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July 8 Meetup

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June 24 Meetup

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June 17 Meetup

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June 10 Meetup

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June 3 Meetup

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May 27 Meetup

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May 20 Meetup

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May 13 Meetup: Workplace Reopening and Cleanliness

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Resources shared during this meeting included:

May 6 Meetup: Brainstorming Topics and Workplace Reopening

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Curated Resources from Around the Web

Prevention Resources

Business Continuity Resources

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.
 

Recovery/Returning to Work Resources

Back to the Office: Return Strategies for the Workplace and Office Buildings, Gensler

Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, The American Institute of Architects

Reopening: Guidance for General Office Settings, American Industrial Hygiene Association

Back to Work Safely mini-website, American Industrial Hygiene Association

How do parents return to work without available child care?, Workforce

How to Create a Healthy Building for Returning Employees, SHRM

Bringing Them Back: Questions for HR from Returning Workers, SHRM

COVID-19: Implications for law firms, McKinsey

Sample Return-to-Work Survey for Small and Midsize Firm Employees

Sample Return-to-Work Survey for Large Firm Employees

Safe Reopening Plan template, City of San Diego

Recovery Readiness, Cushman & Wakefield

Post COVID-19 Normal? and Post COVID-19 Normal? Part 2 - Reopening, Altman Weil

When and How to Reopen After COVID-19, Resolve to Save Lives (Vital Strategies)

Managing The Big Risk Of Bringing Your Employees Back To Work, Chief Executive

Revise Policies to Facilitate Return to Work, SHRM

Getting Back to Work in the Coronavirus World: What Is the New ‘Business as Usual’?, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.

The post-pandemic workplace will hardly look like the one we left behind, The Washington Post

This is the end of the office as we know it, Vox Recode

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC Addresses ‘Return to Work’ Issues and Clarifies ‘Undue Hardship’ in New Guidance on COVID-19 and Antidiscrimination Laws, The National Law Review

When Crisis Calls: How Lawyer Leaders Are Responding to COVID-19, The Tilt Institute

Layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, etc.:

Workplace business partners suggested by ALA members:

ALA does not endorse any single business partner and cannot vouch for what these companies have in stock.

Summer associate programs:

Remote Work Resources

Combatting "Zoom fatigue"
 
 
 
Electronic Notary Resources
Many members have asked questions regarding electronic notaries. The National Notary Society has all the information by state. There are quite a few companies that can assist in this regard, too. Here is a list of those entities:
The National Notary Association has documented states’ emergency actions on remote notarization. Note that requirements differ from state to state — for instance, Maryland not only mandates an audio-visual recording of the notarization act but deems platforms like Skype or Facetime insufficient. So you may need a communication vendor as well.
 
ALA also recommends checking the Legal Marketplace to find business partners who offer this service, or talking with your local chapter business partners as they may offer this service, too. Members have also discussed their experiences in the Online Community.
 

How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and SecureWired

How to Prevent Zoom-BombingPC Mag

Coronavirus-Related IT and Remote Work Concerns with Michael Kemps, Legal Management Talk

    The Internet is drowning in COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams, Ars Technica

    Videoconferencing Resources, Zoom Blog

    FREE: The Flexible Law Firm: Is Your Practice Ready to Embrace a Work-from-Home Program?, ALA Solutions Series webcast sponsored by Zola Suite

     

    Business Partner Resources

    ALA members know their business partners are a valuable resource. In these unprecedented times, they remain here for you and your firms. They have essential information about how to handle the impact of coronavirus on the workplace, ranging from payment processing and cyber risk management to telemedicine and personal protection equipment (PPE).

    Visit the Business Partner Resources for Members page to discover some of the ways that your business partners can assist in this ever-evolving landscape.