COVID-19 Series: Experts, Events & Ethics
Local experts to help nonprofits navigate difficult decisions around safety and health, fundraising events, and legal and ethical issues in the workplace.
COVID-19 Legal and Ethical Issues in the Workplace
Can employees be forced to return to the office? Can employers take your temperature or ask for medical test results? What’s legal, and what’s right, in the wake of COVID-19? Join this discussion of the legal and ethical issues that the global pandemic has brought to Omaha’s workplaces. Local experts will discuss the most common employment issues – and lawsuits – that are coming to their attention. They’ll also share what principles should guide nonprofits as they balance the safety of their workers with the financial health of their organizations. Be sure to submit your questions in advance.
John Levy, William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation
Patrick Barrett, Fraser Stryker PC, LLO
Hannah Fischer Frey, Baird Holm LLP
Eve McLain, Business Ethics Alliance
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Meet Your Presenters:
John Levy is the Vice President of the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation. In this role, John helps oversee the philanthropic investments of a family distributing more than $50 million annually. John previously was the Executive Director of the Heart Ministry Center and an attorney at Baird Holm LLP and Husch Blackwell LLP. John is a graduate of Leadership Omaha (Class 33) and has received several awards for his community involvement.
In the past ten years, John has served on the board of more than 15 nonprofit organizations. Currently, John is the past board president of Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, board president for Southside Redevelopment Corporation, founding board member for Economic Empowerment Center, advisory board member for Simple Foundation, trustee for Mount Michael Benedictine School, advisory board member for Latino Center of the Midlands, steering committee member for Omaha DEI, and board member for Red Cloud Indian School. In addition, John was recently appointed by Governor Ricketts to the Sixpence Board of Trustee. John also coaches a refugee girls soccer team and is involved with several mentoring organizations in addition to developing curriculum and teaching graduate level courses in business law and nonprofit governance and administration.
He earned his bachelor degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies with honors and distinction from the University of Kansas, his masters degree in history from University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of Nebraska.
In his free time, John spends time with his wife and three boys. He travels extensively and is an avid reader and runner.
Patrick Barrett is a Shareholder of Fraser Stryker PC, LLO. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. Mr. Barrett received his BA degree, magna cum laude, from Creighton University in 1980. Mr. Barrett has spent his entire career representing private and public employers in labor and employment law matters. His practice includes employment discrimination litigation; Fair Labor Standards Act compliance and litigation; Employee safety; Union avoidance; management training; and advice and counsel to clients on employment contracts, policies and procedures.
Mr. Barrett is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Labor/Employment Section (peer nominations); Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year" for 2014, 2018; Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Labor-Management Lawyer of the Year" for 2012; Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year" for 2011; Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers (Employment Law-Tier 1) (peer review). Selected to Super Lawyers in 2007 -2019 in the practice areas of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense; Selected to Top 10 Nebraska Super Lawyers 2012 list. Mr. Barrett also carries an "AV" rating in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, which is the highest rating for skill and ethics. Over the past 30 years, he has spoken to numerous employer groups, trade associations, human resource professional associations, and the Nebraska Bar Association regarding labor and employment law.
Hannah Fischer Frey
Hannah Fischer Frey’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, federal and state tax planning issues, tax exempt matters, and estate planning. Hannah has addressed complex partnership taxation issues, specifically including the impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. She frequently assists clients in maximizing tax efficiencies with respect to business reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions and has been closely involved in numerous federal income tax audits as well as state sales tax audits. In addition to her business clients, Hannah regularly assists individuals in business succession and estate planning matters as well as nonprofit organizations seeking exemption from federal income tax.
Hannah has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for the Great Plains region each year since 2017 and is currently pursuing her LL.M. in Taxation at the New York University School of Law. Hannah graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 2015, summa cum laude. Prior to attending law school, Hannah passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and currently is a Certificate Holder in the State of Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, where she majored in Public Accounting.
Eve McLain is a former global executive and current instructor who specializes in business, ethics, and leadership development. With over 20 years in corporate and research roles, she brings a vast pool of experiences and knowledge around what makes leaders effective and how to get staff to perform at their peak. Eve has presented workshops across the U.S. and around the world, from the U.K to South Africa and India.
Eve holds a Master's degree in Business - Managerial Communications and multiple certifications in training, coaching and psychometrics. She is certified in teaching business ethics from the Bentley School of Ethics and is a Professor of Business-Management for Midland University.