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The Franchisor’s COVID-19 Legal Toolkit

Franchise systems are facing unprecedented upheaval in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Franchisors are currently responding to a myriad of challenges confronting their franchise systems.
Legal

Navigating Covid-19 – Understanding New Regulations and Best Practices

This webinar provided a summation of recently passed federal legislation (the FFCRA and CARES Act) that affect lending facilities to businesses, as well as newly formed Human Resources implications for franchise businesses. The panelist discussed the ways that these new laws affect businesses, with a particular focus on family medical leave and paid sick leave provisions, and their eligibility requirements. Additionally, the panelists discussed best practices for dealing with the public health implications of Covid-19 in the workplace.
Legal

The Psychology of Being Our Best Under Pressure – Managing the Impact of Coronavirus on Your Mental Health and Relationships

In this stimulating and health-focused webinar, Greg Nathan, a registered psychologist and IFA member discussed managing the impact of coronavirus on mental and physical health, as well as on business and personal relationships. Mr. Nathan took a step-by-step approach to actions to be taken that improve mental attitudes, routines, and structures to lessen the anxiety produced by the change and uncertainty induced by Covid-19.
People, News & Events

Updates on Rent Relief/Deferment

This webinar, featuring returning panelists, outlined changes and updates in negotiating between tenants and landlords given Covid-19-related business uncertainty and slowdowns. The panelists detailed the challenges being faced by both tenants, and landlords, and provided a step-by-step for action by tenants, and guidance on how and what to communicate to landlords. The panelists also discussed the opportunities on the other side of the pandemic crisis.
Legal

Insurance Coverage for Coronavirus Losses

Attorneys from Lathrop GPM outlined types of relevant business insurance that cover franchise businesses, as well as coverage issues that might come into play as businesses seek to claim against losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists outlined the typical provisions of business insurance, as well as possible exclusions to coverage. The panelists underscored the need to make your claim, document losses, and seek qualified counsel on business insurance.
Legal