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Navigating a Pandemic: A Coronavirus Roadmap for Employers

March 19, 2020

Presenters: Amber Wilson Bagley, Cindy W. Kolb,
Missy McJunkins Duke, George R. Ernst
Host: Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. (Little Rock, AR)
When: March 19, 11 AM Central
Program length: 60 minutes
Cost: FREE

As concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) grow in the United States, employers are being faced with both legal and strategic questions. To offer guidance in navigating these concerns, CROSS, GUNTER, WITHERSPOON & GALCHUS, P.C., has developed a webinar addressing many of the most pressing issues, including wage and hour law compliance, the challenges of employees working remotely, leaves of absence, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, employee privacy, communication with staff and clients/customers concerning rumored or documented cases, employee travel, and issues involving international workers and immigration.




AMBER WILSON BAGLEY practices in the areas of employment law, commercial/corporate litigation, health care law, and municipal law. Ms. Bagley served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Annabelle Clinton Imber and the Honorable Tom Glaze, both Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, and the Arkansas Bar Association, where she has served as chair of the Health Law Section and is a tenured member of the House of Delegates for Pulaski County. She has been included in Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, and Chambers USA. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law and her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University. 

CINDY W. KOLB practices in the areas of employment law, insurance defense, and insurance coverage. She regularly speaks on employment law and HR-related topics for SHRM-affiliates and other industry groups around the state. Cindy served as the 2014 Chair of the Employment Law and Legislative Affairs (ELLA) Conference, hosted by the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management State Council. She is also an active member of the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association (CAHRA) and is the VP of Communications for 2019/2020. She was the CAHRA VP for Special Programs for 2017/2018 and was the 2017/2018 Chair of the CAHRA Managers Conference. She is the co-chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting, co-chaired the 2018 Arkansas Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting, and served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Arkansas Bar Association in 2012/2013. She is a member of the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court. Cindy serves on the Board and Finance Committee of the Museum of Discovery. Cindy graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and has been practicing law for over 20 years. She’s been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2019 and 2020.

MISSY MCJUNKINS DUKE practices in the areas of employment law, education law, FOIA, and civil litigation. She is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She was appointed by former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and as Commissioner on the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission and as a member of the Arkansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Ms. Duke has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2009, Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2008, and Chambers USA’s America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2013.

GEORGE R. ERNST has over ten years of experience as a business immigration attorney representing multi-national corporations across various industries. His practice focuses on advising clients in highly technical and complex matters relating to the employment of foreign nationals under the EB-5 program for international investors, EB-1 and EB-2 visas for employment-based immigration, national interest waivers, E-2 treaty investor visas, and H-1b and O-1 temporary work visas for STEM professionals, specialty occupations, and individuals of extraordinary ability. He also supports the Firm’s Employment Defense practice group in advocating for employers in the growing area of government-initiated I-9 audits and charges. He serves as a member of the Friends of KLRE/KUAR’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he frequently writes and lectures on matters relating to immigration and employment law. George earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, and then went on to attend Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, where he received his Master of Law degree in European Union and German Law in 2008. Prior to law school, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.