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“Back to the Office” – Tips for Legally and Practically Navigating the COVID-19 Workplace

August 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm EDT

Back to the office webinar V3

Vaccines are now widely available and cases of COVD-19 infections for those vaccinated have decreased. This shift in the global pandemic has some businesses planning a potential “back to the office” launch at the end of the summer or in early Fall. Other businesses have already returned to a physical worksite, making updates about COVID variants extremely stressful.

Please join Offit Kurman Labor and Employment attorney, Theodora Stringham, and Jomez Consulting Principal, Sharifa Gomez, for a presentation focusing on the legality of transitioning employees back to the workplace amidst the ever-changing pandemic. Topics covered will include:

  • Legal landscape of what can/cannot be required in opening office back.
  • Navigating employee “refusals” to return to work and hybrid worksites.
  • Addressing masks and vaccines with both customers and employees.
  • Practical tips for limiting liability.

Stay ahead of the curve and manage your organization's exposure to potential future lawsuits.

Tuesday, August 24th
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This program is pending 1.0 PDC for SHRM/HRCI Credits


Headshot - T Stringham


Theodora Stringham assists individuals, businesses, and organizations with growing successfully while minimizing liability. Focusing on real estate and personnel needs, Ms. Stringham executes sustainable plans for real estate development and employee matters. She provides comprehensive representation for everyday growth issues, including, but not limited to, re-zonings, site plan approvals, eminent domain/valuation concerns, employment discrimination, and disciplinary issues. Ms. Stringham's scope of representation ranges from identifying potential liability and providing counseling/trainings, all the way through representation at trial.


Sharifa Gomez


Sharifa Gomez is a certified human resources professional in the United States and Canada, with 16+ years of experience helping companies around the world manage their most precious resource: their people.

Sharifa has worked in a variety of companies, ranging from nonprofit, consulting, professional service organizations, government contractors, and educational institutions. Her experience is truly international as she has worked in Korea, Canada, and the United States.

Besides her extensive work experience in companies both large and small, Sharifa has earned several certifications in human resources, including PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader). She is also a SHRM-CP (professional certified by the Society for Human Resources Management). Sharifa is a past president of her local SHRM chapter.


Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.


August 24, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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