Firm offers free webinar on reductions in force, cost savings during coronavirus crisis

With the American economy rapidly closing for business, employers must grapple with how to manage their workforce, save costs, and protect their most valuable assets. Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, to address key issues impacting employers. To register, visit

Butzel Long attorneys will discuss legal issues involved in workforce reductions and cost-saving efforts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as best practices. Topics include:

• Ways to reduce costs without reductions in force (RIFs);

• How to protect trade secrets and company property as employees are required to work from home;

• How to handle and implement RIFs on the fly;

• Potential liabilities stemming from workforce reductions including discrimination claims, WARN Act liability, collective bargaining issues, and other legal landmines;

• Best practices for planning for work disruption and recalling employees back to work.

Presenters include:

Bernard (“Bernie”) Fuhs is a nationally recognized expert on non-compete and trade secret matters, having litigated and/or counseled clients on such matters in all 50 states and has presented to many national and local business and/or legal organizations regarding the same.

Brett Miller is chair of the firm’s Employment Practices’ Liability Insurance Sub-Practice. He focuses his practice on labor and employment-law and fair-housing litigation.