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December People & News

A summary of all the position announcements, franchise news and franchising gives back stories for December 2019.
People, News & Events

If you Have to Make Layoffs, Furloughs, or Close a Unit

Panelists discussed the legal implication of layoffs, furloughs, and closures from both legal and communications standpoints. Bruce Millman of Littler Mendelson discuss the differences between layoffs and furloughs, and the business effects due to the discontinuation of the employment relationship. The panelists discussed issues arising due to WARN Act considerations for businesses, as well as the internal and external communications strategies and processes for dealing with employment uncertainty, and laying off employees.

How Do I Deem My Brand as an “Essential” Business?

IFA and supplier leaders discussed the regulatory and communications components of deeming your business an “essential” business in light of local and state-mandated business closures. IFA’s Jeff Hanscom outlined the CISA guidance on Essential Businesses, which follows DHS guidelines, and the categories of essential businesses. The panelists then discussed various efforts on behalf of industries that supplement these “essential” businesses to maintain their operations. The panelists also discussed best practices to manage employee and customer response to continue business operations and how to navigate their health and safety.
Operations & Training

Supply Chain & International Trade

IFA Members from Polsinelli and the Spice & Tea Exchange discussed the implications of COVID-19 on the global supply chain, provided an update on imports, exports, and trade into and out of the United States, and briefed participants on insurance provisions related to the pandemic. The panelists went into detail on supply chain interruptions and possible avenues for relief via domestic secondary vendors. While the panelists noted trade and import/export reductions, they noted that the U.S. Trade Representative has published new tariff exclusions on certain important goods. Finally, the panelists discussed business insurance coverage.