; Webinar Series: The small business landscape: Navigating COVID-19 | Vertafore

Join Vertafore and the Squire Patton Boggs team for a series of one-hour webinars on what insurance business owners and independent agencies should know about laws, programs, and policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All sessions take place at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. Register for all three sessions at once using the sign-up form. All registrants will receive a link to the on-demand recording following the live webinar.

May 13: L&E Return to Work
Lilah Sutphen, Associate, San Francisco, California

Matthew Cooper, Principal, Denver, Colorado
Brandon Roman, Senior Associate, Washington DC

As federal authorities push for economic reopening and states begin to lift (or loosen) shelter-in-place orders, there are myriad employment-related safeguards that need to be understood and implemented by employers to avoid a potential minefield of employee complaints and consequent litigation. In this webinar, we will thus discuss some of the major legal and practical implications of returning to work as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This will include a discussion of OSHA and other safety and health regulations, guidance, and best practices; traditional employment law implications, such as ADA compliance, FMLA and FFCRA compliance, anti-discrimination, and whistleblower protections; and workforce retention issues, including reductions, furloughs, and unemployment protections. Our presentation will also include an up-to-date overview of recently passed and proposed COVID-19 legislation, as well as an opportunity for live audience Q&A.

May 20: COVID-19 Funds Available
Thomas Reems, Partner, Denver, Colorado
Keith Bradley, Partner, Denver, Colorado
Brandon Roman, Senior Associate, Washington DC

This webinar will discuss the options for businesses to access capital through the new Main Street Lending Program and give updates on the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The Main Street Lending Program is facilitating loans from private banks between $500,000 and $200,000,000 to US businesses and is much more flexible in its use of proceeds than the PPP. The PPP has transitioned to audit and abuse issues following its initial deployment, and we will discuss areas of risk and concern for borrowers. Our presentation will also include an up-to-date overview of recently passed and proposed COVID-19 legislation, as well as an opportunity for live audience Q&A.

May 27: Insurance Regulatory Response to COVID-19
Sue Stead, Of Counsel, Columbus, Ohio
Pat Hatler, Of Counsel, Columbus, Ohio
Brandon Roman, Senior Associate, Washington DC
Ellen Farrell, Of Counsel, Washington DC

The insurance industry has been subjected to hundreds of business-changing directives from state regulators related to the COVID-19 crisis, many of which were issued on an emergency basis. States may be starting to open for business, but when can the insurance industry resume normal operations? A few states have started to phase out their directives, but it may be a long process across the country. We will discuss the current state of regulatory developments and expectations related to COVID-19 directives and compliance concerns arising from the unwinding of such directives. The program will include an update on legislative efforts to address business interruption coverages issues. Our presentation will also include an up-to-date overview of recently passed and proposed COVID-19 legislation, as well as an opportunity for live audience Q&A.

Brandon Román
Squire Patton Boggs

Brandon Román advises a wide array of domestic and international clients on a variety of financial services and tax issues. He assists clients in developing comprehensive strategies to further their legislative and regulatory interests before Congress, relevant congressional committees, and various regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service.

Sue Stead
Squire Patton Boggs

Sue Stead is a former Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Insurance and seasoned adviser to clients in the insurance industry. She counsels clients on strategies for achieving business goals while mitigating regulatory risks, the practical business effects of emerging issues in insurance, industry innovation, alternative distribution channels, collection and use of data in insurance operations, product design, social media, electronic transactions, and legislative and regulatory developments. Sue earned both the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Market Conduct Manager (MCM) designations.

Matthew Cooper
Squire Patton Boggs

Matthew Cooper utilizes his unique prior experience as a trial lawyer for the US Department of Labor, and as a boutique firm litigator, to provide pointed advice to employers dealing with a wide array of environmental, safety and health (ES&H), labor and employment (L&E), and crisis management matters. Matt is currently assisting employers with COVID-19-related issues spanning each of these areas, including crisis response efforts for small, midsize, and large businesses.

Keith Bradley
Squire Patton Boggs

Keith Bradley specializes in regulatory counseling, advocacy, and litigation in fast-changing, challenging regulatory environments. He was formerly senior advisor to the general counsel at the Energy Department, and counsel at the CFPB.

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