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In These Unprecedented Times

  • 11 Aug 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Virtual Event



In the 2008 recession, employers were faced with staffing and work distribution challenges resulting in having fewer people to get the same volume of work done.  With COVID-19, the challenge of doing “more with less” is exasperated but this time around, employers are faced with new challenges in meeting employee workplace expectations, the balancing of “work to life” and overall employee morale.  Policies and practices that penalize employees for non-compliance are no longer effective in retaining qualified workers.

Bob Simandl and Jon Eiden of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. will discuss the challenges and solutions being adopted by employers to address these issues and the “new” reopening issues which are on the horizon including:

  • “What if” schools and/or day cares remain closed in fall
  • Exhausted FFCRA rights and meeting family needs of the employee
  • “Social Responsibility” in policy development and enforcement
  • BLM issues, perceived injustice and workplace policy enforcement
  • Employee furlough vs. layoff vs. termination – are they different?
  • Restart challenges and Pitfalls

Specific questions for the presenters can be forwarded in advance of the programs to rsimandl@vonbriesen.com.  We look forward to you joining us on August 11, 2020.


Jonathan R. Eiden

Jon Eiden is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment Section of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. His practice focuses on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including discrimination, workplace standards, medical leave requirements, wage and hour regulations, and labor relations. His clients include public and private employers of all sizes in a variety of industries. He serves on the Board of Directors (VP of Legislation) for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Fox Valley Chapter. 

Robert J. Simandl

Bob Simandl is a Shareholder with over 30 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of employee benefit, labor and employment law issues. This experience enables Bob to advise clients on human resources (HR) law issues taking into consideration all areas of opportunity and vulnerability, including the litigation of HR law-based claims. 

Bob counsels employers on all aspects of workplace compliance including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, accommodation obligations, wage and hour issues, affirmative action, discrimination complaints, non-competition agreements and employee handbook design and development. He works with employers to develop standard procedures and forms for FMLA compliance, factoring in the obligations of the employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act and workers’ compensation laws. He also counsels employers on disability discrimination and accommodation concerns. Bob served as an advisor to several legislators in drafting the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and served on the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Task Force as an appointee by the Wisconsin Governor.


8:00 am - 9:30 am Program

The program has been approved for 2 hours for SHRM continuing education credits. 

To register at the member price to attend, you need to log into the FVSHRM website using your member username and password. Please note that registration for this program will not be reimbursed due to cancellation or no-show, nor can payment for this session be transferred to a future program. 

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