Webinar - Uncharted Waters: Navigating Advisory Office Re-Entry

When:  Jul 9, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

Panel Description

The global COVID-19 pandemic has stress-tested business continuity plans for remote work in a way few could have imagined. Much of the investment adviser community has, fortunately, transitioned well to working remotely. Still, as certain local and state authorities begin to ease restrictions imposed due to the outbreak, business leaders are grappling with a plethora of practical and legal issues associated with re-introducing employees into their physical workplaces.

This event brings together voices from the legal, investment advisory, and HR consultancy spheres to discuss considerations for developing and implementing workplace re-entry plans, policies, and procedures that are safe, equitable for employees with a variety of differing needs, and sustainable, while being sufficiently flexible to respond to evolving circumstances. Among topics the panel will discuss:

  • Guidance and information sources related to facility concerns — infection control measures, configuration of the physical workplace (including social distancing measures and dealing with possible capacity limitations), entry and exit protocols — and are there “absolutes”?
  • Ensuring that applicable personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements are met
  • Screening, testing, attestations, and the role of apps. What are others doing?
  • When an employee tests positive: What should businesses do?
  • Balancing personal preferences vs. actual needs and federal, state, and local guidelines in:
    • determining return-to-the-office dates;
    • who may/will continue to work remotely and associated office schedules, including “hybrid” options (part in-office, part remote);
    • dealing with employees who refuse to return to work or ask to continue working remotely; and
    • considering requests for reasonable accommodations, and sensitivity to mental health issues.
  • Setting expectations:
    • preparing and delivering employee communications (including prior to the return to the office);
    • communicating the existence of new or revised policies and procedures; and
    • providing training, education, and informational materials to employees.
  • Addressing cultural implications of a new layer of “rules” and “enforcement”


Adler_Rick_LR_4x5.jpgMaura Karatz (moderator), is a partner and Director, Human Resources & Administration at Harding Loevner LP's Bridgewater, NJ home office, having joined Harding Loevner in 2008 as Manager, Human Resources & Administration. In her present role, she oversees the development and execution of human resources policies, procedures, and programs and advises managers regarding human resources related matters. Prior to 2008, Maura was Human Resources Manager with SCOR Reinsurance Company, where she held a series of progressively more senior positions during her eight-year tenure with the company. Earlier, she served as a Defined Benefits Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Maura earned her B.A. in psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her MHRM from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Management & Labor Relations. She holds designations as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management — Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Matthew D. Keiser is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. He concentrates his practice in employment law aspects of corporate transactions and private equity, employment law counseling, and employment litigation, serving clients from start-ups to FORTUNE 100 companies throughout the country. He regularly assists clients in negotiating high-level employment contracts and handling difficult termination issues, including reductions-in-force and early retirement programs. He also handles sensitive issues involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets. He has extensive experience in employment law issues related to the use of social media. He also assists clients in drafting and implementing personnel policies, providing employment law-related training to their staff, litigating employment disputes, and advising on day-to-day human resources compliance issues. Matthew was formerly senior counsel for employment in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Employment in the U.S. Senate (2004-2006). Prior to joining Kirkland, Matthew was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. Previously, he served as a staff attorney for The George Washington University Office of the General Counsel (1996-1997). Matthew received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D., cum laude, from The George Washington University Law School.

Stern__Jonathan_LR_4x5.jpgDennis Williams is a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York office. Dennis’ focus is on healthcare entities and related companies. He is regularly engaged in structural, transactional, regulatory and enforcement matters on behalf of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, advising clients on a broad range of healthcare-related issues including federal and multi-state regulatory matters, structuring, Stark, Anti-Kickback Statutes, False Claims Act, state anti-referral laws, fraud, and related regulatory issues. Dennis is experienced in federal and state healthcare regulatory and licensure, enrolment, and reimbursement matters. Dennis received his B.S. N. from Georgetown University and began his professional career in healthcare as a critical care nurse at New York Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Burn Intensive Care Unit. He received his J.D. in Healthcare Law from Seton Hall University. Dennis was recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA for his transactional work in Healthcare, where clients commented, “[Dennis] is very responsive, prompt and able to clearly explain complicated law in layman's terms." Dennis has also been one of the leaders on the Firm’s Return to Work Task Force.

Barr_Karen_LR_4x5_tite.jpgPatricia E. Williams is a partner in the Managed (Human Resources) Services Department at Marcum LLP's Washington, D.C. office. She came to Marcum via the Firm’s merger with Raffa, P.C., one of the nation’s preeminent public accounting and business consulting firms, specializing in nonprofits. Patricia has worked with nonprofit clients for more than 25 years. She co-leads a team of 15 Human Resources generalists in the Managed Human Resource Practice. Utilizing a strategic approach, Patricia helps clients develop policies and procedures that result in a more efficient human resources function and an improved ability to attract and retain quality staff. She has particular expertise in facilitating productive collaboration between organization leaders and staff and is skilled in employee relations, mediation, benefits administration, professional development, and policy development. Her team also supports clients in training, compensation, human resources assessments, and payroll management. Her previous experience includes roles as Human Resources director for Goodwill Industries International, director of Human Resources and Administration for the Public Welfare Foundation, and executive director of a local nonprofit serving young adults with learning disabilities. Patricia received her B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit University and her M.Ed. from Lehigh University. She holds designations as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management — Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).


Members and Associate Members: The live webinar and a link to the recording are complimentary. The recording will be available as a member resource within five business days after the webinar.

Non-Member Registration Fees: The live webinar is $250 (per computer logon). The recording will be available for purchase after July 9. Contact iaaevents@investmentadviser.org to purchase the recording ($250).


For questions regarding this webinar, contact the IAA at (202) 293-4222 or email iaaevents@investmentadviser.org.