Mitigating the Liability of (re)Occupancy Amid the Pandemic

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Time: 11:00 am 12:30 pm



Mitigating the Liability of (re)Occupancy Amid the Pandemic  



November 18th, 2020

11am-12:30pm PST


Via Zoom 


Mitigating the liability of (re)occupancy amid the pandemic

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.





About the Presenters


(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).


Sarah Nichols is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Nichols Law, P.C. Sarah represents individuals in relation to their discrimination, retaliation, privacy and wage and hour claims. She assists employees negotiating their exits from their employers. She also advises employers and helps them comply with all the complex laws covering employees.  She is a tough and conscientious advocate for her clients and believes seeing both sides makes her a better advocate.  She is the host of the Women's Advocate Podcast and an author, coach, HR expert, and a public speaker with frequent speeches for private employers and associations providing managers with compliance and liability prevention training.

John Nielsen is the President and CEO of Inclusive Insurance Solutions, a regional insurance brokerage, human resources, and risk management firm located in San Francisco. Their client-centric and multidisciplinary approach delivers a comprehensive response to complex employment matters, protecting the health and safety of employees while keeping employers of all sizes up-to-date and compliant. John obtained his master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco and holds multiple insurance designations including Associate Risk Manager (ARM), Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC), and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Inclusive Insurance has been working closely with their clients as they tirelessly balance the desire for business-as-usual with the profound understanding that nothing about this crisis is usual for employees or their families. The way our world and people have come together to support one another in response to COVID-19 has been extraordinary, and Inclusive Insurance looks forward to participating on the panel with our partners at IFMA.  


David Hemming is the CEO: Northern Hemisphere for the CETEC Foray Group, an independent scientific advisory specializing in occupant health, wellbeing, and performance – with a current focus on validation of safe (re)entry. A chartered civil engineer, he has 30+ years of experience managing major campuses, delivering annual budgets in excess of £350M for major universities, the U.K., military, and the U.K. government. In his roles, he has been responsible for operations, facilities management, and capital projects in fast-paced, technically complex, and operationally demanding environments on time, to cost and to the right quality. Building on his significant applied expertise, David is pursuing an Engineering Doctorate focused on leveraging technology, such as digital twins, for optimizing the operations and maintenance of large complex campuses. David has served on the UK Government Construction Board and on the Digital Built Britain Initiative, which will see the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) throughout all major construction projects in the UK and the creation of a Digital National Asset Register for the UK public sector.