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COVID-19 Business Forum

The Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact. These presentations with local experts and business leaders are being conducted via teleconference. Click the links below to watch previous forum presentations or register for an upcoming event. 

Keeping Houston Moving Safely: Mobility and Public Transit During COVID-19

METRO Chair Carrin Patman provided an update on the transit agency’s operations as the economy reopens.

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TRG: Legal Implications & Returning to Work Best Practices

Reopening businesses and getting employees back to work during these challenging and unprecedented times will require employers to grapple with unique practical and legal challenges. In this business-critical webinar, Steve Shardonofsky, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, will cover practical compliance tips to consider and new legal risks to watch out for as businesses reopen and adjust to the ever-changing landscape of labor/employment laws during the ongoing pandemic. Key topics will include: Avoiding liability when deciding which employees to recall from furlough or layoff Minimizing potential liability from employees exposed to COVID-19, what to do if you suspect a potential exposure at work Health screenings for returning workers and how to manage employees who refuse to return Avoiding potential wage-hour risks from reopening and changed operations.  This event is exclusive to Partnership members. Your registration through Zoom will be approved by Partnership staff after confirming your organization's membership status. When your registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.*  *Utilizing a Zoom account and logging in through your computer is recommended, but a dial-in number will also be available. This link and password will be unique to you and cannot be forwarded.  Registration will close when capacity is reached or by 8:00 AM on Thursday, June 4. All attendees must register in advance.

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Economic Update

Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership's Senior Vice President of Research, provides an economic update on the current state of Houston’s economy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A Guide to Reopening Your Business with Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. James McDeavitt, VP & Dean of Clinical Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, shared guidance on returning to the workplace safely, specific industry considerations for reopening, and steps your business should take to protect employees and customers.

Business Planning and Considerations for Reopening Houston

This webinar examined employer considerations when reopening and a focus on the tax, legal and HR implications of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

President's Address

Partnership President and CEO, Bob Harvey, and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Taylor Landin, discussed Governor Abbott’s Report to Open Texas and the positive steps the business community can take to reopen the Houston economy safely, sustainably and successfully.

Economic Update

Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Research, discussed how COVID-19 and oil prices are impacting the national and local economies, including GDP and unemployment claims.

Layoffs & Furloughs: What Employers Need to Know

Representatives from Workforce Solutions reviewed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and resources available to Houston-area employers facing COVID-19 related workforce disruptions.

President's Address

Greater Houston Partnership President and CEO discussed COVID-19's impact on Houston's business climate as well as actions the Partnership is taking to support Houston's business community throughout the crisis. Partnership Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Taylor Landin, also shared early plans on plans behind restarting Houston's economy.

Economic Update

Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Research, discussed COVID-19's global economic impact, including projections of a 3% decline in global GDP and contractions in top export markets and trade markets.

Making Sense of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Insperity and Workforce Solutions representatives answer questions on how to effectively implement Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and provide guidance on potential scenarios employers might face.

Lender Panel on Federal Aid

A panel of local lenders discussing federal aid programs available to assist businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Federal Stimulus Discussion

U.S. Senator John Cornyn discusses the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other federal stimulus programs enacted to aid businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Economic Update

Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Research, discussed his latest analysis of COVID-19, collapsing oil prices, and the imminent U.S. recession and their impact on Houston’s economy.

Employment & Workforce Considerations During A Crisis

Representatives from Insperity, Workforce Solutions and the Texas Workforce Commission discussed issues facing employers and the workforce.

Stay Home-Work Safe Information

Partnership President & CEO Bob Harvey hosted an information session on Harris County's "Stay Home-Work Safe" Order now in effect.

SBA - COVID-19 Update and Disaster Services

Tim Jeffcoat, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office, provided an update on disaster recovery loans and other resources available to small businesses coping with the impact of the coronavirus.

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