Virtual Learning: Crisis Communication in the Age of COVID and Recent Current Events
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When: 6/15/2020
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Where: Virtual Learning Event
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Virtual Learning: Crisis Communication in the Age of COVID and Recent Current Events

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Event Overview:
Just as employers were getting somewhat comfortable with responding to COVID-19 concerns, the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer sparked protests across the nation. How do you talk to your employees about these issues? What sort of plans should you have in place to deal with another surge in COVID-19 cases, riots near your workplace, city curfews, or tensions among employees over everything that is going on? Join us on Monday, June 15th as we tackle these issues together.

Our learning objectives for the event will be:

(1) best practices for communicating with employees during a crisis;
(2) tips on how to prepare a COVID-19 response plan, as well as an emergency plan in general; and
(3) how to involve outside parties (PR agencies, attorneys, etc.) in the process. 

This program has been submitted for SHRM and HRCI recertification credit hour.

Event Information:
June 15, 2020
Program 12:00-1:00 PM

Virtual Event- webinar link is provided in registration confirmation email

Free to everyone

Speaker Information:

Julie Sumner
Julie grew up in Dearborn, Michigan.  She attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where she obtained a B.A. in Fine Arts with a major in Sociology and a minor in Public Service.  After graduating from Albion in 1996, Julie spent four years as a social worker in the Detroit area.  At that time, it was possible to obtain a license in social work (L.S.W.) through hours worked and experience gained, which Julie did.

In 2000, Julie moved to Cleveland and, in 2001, she started law school at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Julie was elected to Law Review based on her grades in her first year and served on Law Review for the remainder of her time at Case.  Julie was also very active in several organizations, the most dear to her being The International Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi (a legal ethics society).

Julie graduated from Case in May 2004, cum laude, and started working as an associate at Frantz Ward, LLP in September, 2004.  She was elected as a partner with Frantz Ward in 2013. She served as a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group, routinely advising employers on compliance with various employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and many more.  Julie also developed a focus on OSHA and workplace safety, routinely advising clients on OSHA compliance and workplace safety issues. She conducted multiple accident investigations and shepherded clients through OSHA investigations, as well as investigations conducted by other regulatory agencies.  She also regularly provided training to clients on a wide variety of employment issues.

In July of 2016, Julie left Frantz Ward to pursue entrepreneurial interests.  She now owns and runs her own consulting company, Monarch Endeavors, LLC, through which she provides training, coaching, and consulting services to employers, individuals, and HR professionals across the country.  Julie also conducts investigations for companies, on a wide range of topics, including harassment, discrimination, workplace injuries and accidents, compliance issues, and OSHA inspections.

Julie also has a special focus on OSHA compliance and workplace safety.  Julie has counseled clients through many OSHA investigations, including those that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. She has a unique ability to zealously defend her clients, while still recognizing the traumatic nature of such events and treating her clients and their employees with empathy and compassion. She also always strives to help clients find a way to improve their processes and procedures to ensure that another tragedy does not occur.  Julie also has extensive experience with the Ohio workers’ compensation system and is able to help clients navigate the interplay between workers’ compensation and OSHA regulations.



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