Reasonable Accommodation and Work-From-Home Requests in the Time of COVID-19

November 20, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online via Zoom



This program will discuss how an employer should handle work from home requests, child care leave requests, reasonable accommodation requests and wage and hour consideration for remote workers during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Laurie Bigman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Cardworks

Laurie Bigman joined CardWorks, Inc. in 2015. She holds the title of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the parent holding company and its non-bank subsidiaries. Ms. Bigman has nearly 30 years of experience focused on consumer credit and regulatory compliance, including having served as Chief Compliance Officer at a bank. As General Counsel, Ms. Bigman manages the CardWorks Legal Business Unit and is responsible for overseeing and mitigating legal risk. She and her team provide guidance to the Board of Directors, senior management, and staff at all levels of the organization, including operations, corporate governance, litigation strategy, human resources, licensing, customer service, and collections for credit cards and installment loans. Ms. Bigman serves on many committees and leadership teams, including the Senior Executive Advisory Team, the Working 2021 Governance Team, the Vendor Management Review, Business Continuity, and Information Security Committees. Before joining CardWorks, Ms. Bigman worked in a variety of legal and compliance roles at banks, both large and small, including Citibank, Capital One, Emigrant, GreenPoint, and North Fork. Ms. Bigman earned a B.A. from Brandeis University, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Bigman is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and New York State Bar Association’s Business Law, Corporate Counsel, and Women in the Law Sections.

Lisa M. Casa, Associate, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

Lisa M. Casa is an associate in the Employment and Labor practice group. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment and labor law, sexual harassment and discrimination law, overtime and failure to pay wages law, union/management issues, and litigation. Her articles, “The Cost of Silence: Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era,” “Ban the Box: An Equal Playing Field but More Regulations for Employers,” and “EEOC v. McDonald’s: Reasonable Accommodations under ADA for Job Applicants,” were published in the Nassau Lawyer. Her article, “New York Family Leave is Here – What Employers Need to Know,” was published in The Suffolk Lawyer and most recently, her article, “Are Agents, Brokers and Salespersons Independent Contractors?” was published in the New York Real Estate Journal. Previously, Ms. Casa was an associate at a commercial litigation law firm located on Long Island and a boutique matrimonial law firm. Prior to working at those firms, Ms. Casa served as a law clerk to the Hon. David J. Issenman, Superior Court of New Jersey. As a law student, Ms. Casa interned for Hon. Esther Salas, United States Magistrate Judge, and with the United States’ Postal Service Employment law Division.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM // Webinar


Credits: 1
State: NY
Category: Areas of Professional Practice / Suitable for Transitional and Non-Transitional (new and experienced) attorneys




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