Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Attorneys at Law, continuously presents seminars and webinars to educate and inform the general population on legal updates. If you’ve missed one, here are the recordings.
The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this second session, “Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, was joined by Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant. Discussion topics included:
- Designing the right Special Needs Trust
- Protecting your child with special needs through your estate plan
- Outlining changes under the SECURE ACT and its impact on your estate plan
- Determining how much money you will need for your child’s future
- Integrating your life insurance and beneficiary designations with your legal documents
- Weighing potential funding sources
- Breaking down child support issues
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The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this introductory session, “Taking Control – Harnessing Anxiety and Turning it Into a Plan,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, was joined by Trish Colucci Barbosa, RN and Care Manager, and Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant. Discussion topics included:
- Advocacy efforts for your child with special needs if he or she must be hospitalized during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- Ways to receive more support at home and how you may be able to be paid as a caregiver during this crisis
- The preparation of contingency plans if you or your child’s caregiver becomes ill
Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was pleased to present “Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues,” a free, virtual town hall addressing the latest COVID-19 employment law issues facing employers as workplaces begin to reopen and employees begin returning to work. Norris McLaughlin Members, Charles A. Bruder, Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Law Practice Group; Patrick T. Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group; Annmarie Simeone; and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) addressed topics such as:
- OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces
- CARES Act
- Updates on State Leave Laws
- WARN Act
- EEOC Concerns
- PPP Loans
- Tax Credits and Assistance Available for Employers
- Salary Reductions/Unemployment
- Furloughs, Layoffs, and RIFS
- Other Employment Issues on Reopening Your Workforce
Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, presented the free, virtual town hall, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce.” The purpose of this program was to answer many of the questions that companies, hospitals, and schools have about the effects of COVID-19 on compliance and processing regarding their immigrant workforce. Ray and William addressed how the pandemic has impacted several areas, including:
- I-9 compliance
- The issuance of visas for managers, professionals, and students outside of the United States
- Timing and procedures for visa sponsorship inside the United States
- How to assist employers, hospital staff, and school administrators minimize the impact of this current pandemic on their day-to-day operations
Margaret Raymond-Flood and Nicholas A. Duston, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented the free webinar, “Business Interruptions in the Time of COVID-19,” hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership, in which Eric Alvarez, an Associate of the firm, moderated. This webinar discussed two important topics that many business owners are currently dealing with as a result of the current pandemic:
For companies in the United States doing business in Europe and European companies doing business in the United States, the differences between copyright and data privacy law can be striking and confusing. This comprehensive seminar featured an American copyright attorney at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Jeanne Hamburg, and two colleagues from the European law firm of Fieldfisher in Germany, Oliver Süme and Stephan Zimprich, discussing:
- Does insurance cover “business interruptions” due to COVID-19?
- What happens if a business can’t perform on its contractual obligations due to the current business climate?
- Similarities and differences between American and European copyright, including:
- The scope of rights protected by copyright and who owns these rights
- How to determine copyrightability
- The role of copyright registration (or the lack thereof)
- Work made for hire
- Protection for so-called Droit moral (moral rights)
- Litigating copyright cases in the United States vs. the European Union, including:
- Proving copyright infringement
- Defenses to infringement
- Click-through agreements and contract actions vs. copyright suits
- Procedural considerations (statute of limitations, standing, forum, and declaratory judgment)
- Cost of litigation
- Scope of damages, including attorneys’ fee awards
- Social media platform’s liability in the United States vs. the European Union, including the new Copyright Directive in the European Union and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the United States
- Data privacy protection in the United States and the European Union, including
- General Data Privacy Regulation (“GDPR”) and recent GDPR enforcement in the European Union
- The patchwork of state laws on privacy in the United States, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”)
Join Jeanne Hamburg, a trademark attorney here at Norris McLaughlin, and Victoria Ho, a consultant in the food industry with extensive food CPG compliance experience, as they guide you through key aspects of labeling compliance and branding for your food products. The average product recall costs food entrepreneurs an average of $10 million. Moreover, to get your product on shelves and instill confidence in buyers, compliance is essential. Victoria covers how to develop:
- FDA/State compliant packaging materials
- FDA/State compliant label (on-pack messaging)
- UPC scannable and properly coded for food safety
With the average consumer spending only five seconds looking at your product, a unique brand and design can set you apart and build consumer loyalty and goodwill. Jeanne covers how to:
- Protect your food brands, packaging, designs, promotional materials, and website
- Clear and register your food trademarks and product designs
- Draft contracts to protect your brand, designs, and recipes
Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was pleased to have Svetlana Ros, Member of the firm, co-present “Legal Cannabis and the Health Care Industry,” hosted by Meritas, an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms. This webinar included cutting-edge issues related to the intersection of legal cannabis and the health care industry. Topics discussed included the hazy state of medical appropriateness in regards to prescribing, various models of cannabis regulation and their link to the certificate of need laws and health care licensing, and diversity and inclusion issues in integrating legal cannabis into traditional medical practice.
Please join marketing expert, chef, and restaurant owner Marcus Guiliano, and food, beverage & hospitality attorney Jeanne Hamburg, for a not-to-be-missed webinar providing tips on how to set your restaurant apart and bring in new patrons.
From Marcus, learn the top psychology triggers to use in emails, websites, business cards, and every other guest interaction, as he covers how to implement psychology-based marketing on all your platforms.
We have all been frustrated with marketing that doesn’t work. And then there are times we run a campaign that gets decent results. Confusion reigns when sales reps – from radio, to magazines, to banner ads – walk in and give you conflicting advice. What gives when it comes to marketing? There are proven tactics you can use that, when implemented, can influence the brain to buy. When it comes down to it, the brain is lazy. There are close to two dozen reasons why the brain will make a quick decision and buy in a split second. It’s the same split-second decision that you use when you sit at the bar and meet the bartender.
From Jeanne, learn how to select, protect, and enforce your restaurant’s name, design, and website; how to protect your restaurant from copycats; and create new revenue streams through merchandising your brand.
Are you thinking about distributing a food product in India or the U.S.? Do your food clients have cross-border interests that include India or the U.S.? This webinar presented by Raka Chakrawarti, Founder and CEO of Gourmet Delight; Danielle DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Intellectual Property Law Practice Group; Harshita Gandhi, Founder and Managing Director of Tree of Life; and Mohit Kapoor, Co-Founder of Universal Legal Advocates, explained food distribution in the U.S. and India, legal issues arising from cross-border food distribution, and include practical tips and insights. Discussion topics included:
- Indian Food and Beverage Industry
- Food Products
- Packaging and Labeling
- Quality Control
- Cross-Border Food Recall
- Food Distribution in the U.S.
- Distribution Leaders in the U.S.
- Considerations Before Entering the U.S. Market
- Cross-Border Legal Issues
- Significance of Review of Contractual Arrangements
Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Vincent Biscaye, Managing Founder of Step Two Advisors, presented an informative webinar for food and beverage startups looking for best practices in business and legal planning, including:
- Become efficient and well organized (separate personal and business finances, create a bookkeeping plan, surround yourself with trustworthy professionals)
- Entity formation
- Foundational documents (e.g., partnership or operating agreements)
- Financial statements (how to read a P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement)
- Key contracts, including nondisclosure agreements, design services agreements, manufacturing/co-packing, and distribution agreements, and pros and cons of co-packing and private labeling
- Brand selection, clearance, and registration
- Why to consider copyright protection for logos and websites
- Legal liabilities insurance can help mitigate
Join our food tour, a webinar series on legal issues important to food and beverage businesses!
Danielle DeFilippis, Deanna Koestel, and Daniel Guadalupe, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present a three-part webinar series on important legal issues for your business. If you are a food or beverage manufacturer, distributor, supermarket, or restaurant, this webinar is for you!
Part 1, our appetizer course, was “Essential Contracts for Emerging and Established Food and Beverage Companies.” This webinar included a primer on essential contracts for your business such as equipment leases, vendor contracts, co-packing, distribution and supply agreements, and assignment and licensing agreements for intellectual property. We also discussed key provisions to include in those agreements, such as confidentiality and indemnity, and suggested a few negotiation strategies and pitfalls to avoid.