November Membership Meeting
Mitigating the Liability of (Re)occupancy Amid the Pandemic
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In addition to affecting each one of us personally, the pandemic is rapidly redefining the relationships between employees and employers – and between landlords and occupants. How do we mitigate the liability associated with building-related health risk in the face of COVID-19?
Recovery depends on safe (re)opening but while the associated liability is not on the radar for the general public, you have to know what you’re up against. To date, we’ve relied on self-proclaimed adherence to protocols but to what extent will that stack up against a suit? Despite their best intentions, are even the industry leaders leaving themselves exposed?
- What types of lawsuits might your organization be vulnerable to – and how do you minimize your exposure?
- Learning from the changes in the small print of insurance policies that have been ushered in by the compounding natural disasters, how do we prepare for the insurance industry’s response?
- If your organization ever found yourself “on the stand”, what ammunition will you want in your coffers?
Join us for the legal, insurance, assurance, and expert witness perspectives to inform your risk management as you support safe (re)occupancy of buildings.
(Moderator) Elena Bondareva (M. A., Cornell University) has a solid international track record of transformative innovation around persistent problems. Elena has held public, private, teaching and Board roles in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, India, and the US; delivered CPD training to thousands of professionals; participated in globally significant events such as COP17, G20, and World Green Building Council Congress; published in peer-reviewed and public journals; and presented at countless conferences. She helped establish four Green Building Council and the Living Future Institute of Australia, served on the Advisory Board for the Global Health & Wellness Summit (Greenbuild) and the COVID-19 Taskforce of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). She currently serves on the Boards of the William J. Worthen Foundation and of Pollinate Group, an award-winning social enterprise, and is an Advisor to Power Ledger, a blockchain-enabled trading platform helping advance the clean energy future. Elena is Vice President: Growth at CETEC (an independent international building science consultancy).
Harry Pliskin is President of Atreo, a Colorado-based environmental services and management company. He has worked with hundreds of clients to design and implement science-based, cost-effective infection prevention and indoor air quality solutions. Harry and his team of engineers, researchers, project managers and technicians have worked with customers in multiple industries including hospitals and universities, office buildings, hotels, residential developments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Clients have included Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, Penn Medicine, and the University of Texas. Harry participated in the Sloan Foundation’s Micriobiome Project at the University of Chicago and has been warning about the transmission of airborne viruses and bacteria, recommending a more robust response in the private and public sectors for more than the past decade. Prior to Atreo, Harry was founder and CEO of TeleWeb Worldwide, one of the first business process outsourcing companies providing services from locations around the world (now FirstSource – www.firstsource.com.) Previously, Harry worked in Washington, D.C. overseeing legislative advocacy efforts for maintaining the affordability of telecommunications and energy at the state and federal levels for one of the country’s largest advocacy group. Harry graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A., Economics, and a J.D. from George Washington University.
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