June 1, 2020
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Webinar on COVID-19 liability and risk mitigation

As the reopening of businesses across America continues, it is likely that a new crop of commercial concerns will surface as the risks of operating in this “new normal” emerge across all sectors. During this period of recovery, the federal government is balancing a variety of interests from the business sector as the path to reopening America’s economy takes shape.

A team of K&L Gates attorneys will discuss this evolving liability landscape during a virtual roundtable this Thursday. They'll explore the outlook on COVID-19 related litigation and business insurance claims and federal policy considerations for businesses pivoting toward reopening.

We look forward to addressing your questions during our program on June 4 at 3 p.m. Pacific time (noon Eastern).

Learn more, submit questions and register here.

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Child Care in Crisis

Operating an essential business during the coronavirus pandemic

By Shannon Burkhalter, owner/operator of Braithburn Academy, a preschool and child care center in Duvall

There have been many highs and lows in my 35-year child care career, but no previous challenge can compare with being a center owner during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been the toughest test I have faced, one that threatens my center's long-term survival...

Many factors will determine our financial survival beyond the pandemic. Most of our families chose to withdraw from the center, some temporarily and a few permanently. Many couldn't come up with a plan for more than a couple of weeks ahead, so I was operating based on a budget that could be off by tens of thousands of dollars.

Some parents were willing to continue paying tuition while absent, and I'm so grateful. Others either couldn't afford to pay or chose not to. We made the difficult decision to not enroll new families, even though we could use the income, to try to limit COVID-19 exposure...

We could close the center. But I don't want our families to lose their jobs due to a lack of child care. We want our parents who are working in essential services to still be able to serve the community. I want our children to have some consistency in their new pandemic world. I want my hardworking, dedicated staff to have employment. And I definitely want the business that I've worked at for decades to keep afloat...

Read the full guest column in The Seattle Times