Association of Corporate Counsel

ELLN Chair’s Newsletter and Join us at the May ACC Employment & Labor Law Teleconference Meeting Tomorrow!

Coronavirus issues and the changes to work-life balance continue to eat up a lot of my time, just as I’m sure it has for many of you. However, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6 is time for the regular monthly teleconference of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Employment & Labor Law Network (ELLN), where I am Chair this year.  This post is an open invite to in house counsel who are not already attending our ELLN monthly meetings to join us! My Chair’s newsletter appears below. We’ll return to at least a little bit of regular wage and hour programming later this week with any luck.

If you are an in-house counsel, and you are not an ACC member or an ELLN member (or even if you are and you haven’t joined us recently), we would love for you to attend our monthly teleconference and join our active community.

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If you haven’t joined our calls recently, or have never heard of ACC or ELLN, now is a great opportunity to check us out. Each month before our meeting, I will post our agenda here and elsewhere in social media as encouragement to join our merry bunch on the first Wednesday (generally) each month at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Joining the call is as easy as clicking the big red button below and logging in or registering.

Hello ELLN Members!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6) is the Association of Corporate Counsel Employment and Labor Law Network’s regular monthly teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT.  More on that below, but I hope this message finds you weathering our current challenges.  COVID-19-induced changes at work, work-life balance challenges at home, and the natural stresses and anxieties living in a coronavirus world today causes are a lot to manage.  Unfortunately, several of our ELLN members have been laid off, furloughed, or lost earnings, layering on stresses that flow from figuring out how to pay the bills and feed families.  If you are dealing with stress, change, and loss, make time every day for self-care and please lean on your communities.  Don’t go it alone!  Opportunities to lean also include our ELLN community.  I also invite each of you to reach out to me or any member of the ELLN leadership team if there is any way that we can help professionally or personally—a second set of eyes, a sounding board, or anything else.  That offer extends to anything we can do to help you with that transition to your next opportunity if that’s a challenge you’re facing.  Networking within this community will be more important than ever in the coming months.  Hang in there!  On the bright side, I know that this situation has created huge professional and personal successes, too.  E-mail me those, too, so we can recognize you!

So many of you carved out time for our webinar and legal quick hit last month, and I hope that you will spare another hour this week.  Recently we have focused on responses to the coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic, but with U.S. states and many countries now reopening and reducing restrictions, we are shifting our focus this week to the “Return to Work in the ‘New Normal.’”  Jackson Lewis Principals Gina Janeiro and Nicky Jatana will present our important, timely legal quick hit:

As various states begin lifting stay-at-home orders, employers must start planning for a return to operations under a “new normal” while complying with a myriad of ever-changing state and local laws. This Legal Quick Hit will highlight key considerations, including identifying the most important considerations in ensuring worker and visitor health and safety, leave policies, and continued accommodation requests.

Registration is free and I know the information will be invaluable. Please be sure to continue to visit our ELLN forum/message board at  Every day we have more great information and discussion.  We would love to hear from you and see you (virtually anyway)!  You can also post completely anonymously anytime.

We will also hear from our subcommittees, I will pass along an important update on our pro bono project, and we can celebrate your accomplishments and work on our collective challenges.  Our May Music Quick Pick appears below, too!

As always, thank you for being an ELLN member and for your continued participation and your attendance tomorrow.  We appreciate having you with us and welcome your feedback on how we can make ELLN membership an even better value for you.  Please reach out anytime.

Stay healthy!

Doug Hass
Chair, Association of Corporate Counsel Employment and Labor Law Network

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