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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host webinar on preparing to return to the workplace

(Avondale, LA) –Last week, the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), Jefferson Parish and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce released the Jefferson Back to Business Plan, the official strategy to reopen the Jefferson Parish economy safely and effectively. The plan, which was developed in concert with medical experts and an industry task force, includes important standards and recommendations, industry guidelines, a vision for a phased reopening, and valuable resources to jump start business. As businesses plan to resume operations and bring employees back into the office, many factors should be considered to ensure a smooth transition.

Join JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce this Thursday, May 14th, at 11:00 am for a Prosper Jefferson webinar on preparing businesses for what comes next. Titled “From the Comfort of Home Back to the Workplace: Will you be ready for your employees to return,” this valuable webinar will feature five informed experts who will cover a variety of topics including:

  • HR’s role in balancing consistency with compassion
  • HCM technology and adapting to our new world
  • Putting local first – leveraging community strength when welcoming customers back into the “new normal”

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Webinar ID: 825 7112 1680

All Prosper Jefferson seminars are free and open to the public. The webinar will be recorded and shared on the JEDCO and Jefferson Chamber websites following the event.


Richelle Kay, Crescent Payroll Solutions
Richelle is a senior sales rep of Crescent Payroll Solutions. She has over 10 years of sales experience. She enjoys using her creativity to help business solve problems, create efficiencies, and to be a valued added resource to clients.

Maryann Miller, StayLocal
Maryann directs StayLocal’s efforts to support a thriving local economy. She manages StayLocal’s alliance of local, independent businesses by connecting business owners to consumers, and to one another. Maryann is a certified real estate finance professional with more than 20 years working in the non-profit sector. StayLocal is an initiative of the Urban Conservancy.

Sanders Offner, Crescent Payroll Solutions
Sanders is the founder and President of Crescent Payroll Solutions. With over 18 years of experience helping businesses, Sanders understands first hand what business owners and executives are going through during these challenging times and the resources needed to help. Sanders is very passionate in helping leading others to reach their goals.

Patricia “Patti” Pannell, Gotcha Covered HR
Patti is a Human Resources Consultant and Mediator of Workplace Disputes. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Patti was actively engaged in the practice of Labor and Employment law in her adoptive home of New Orleans for more than 25 years before following her passion of becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own business. In 2014, she co-founded Gotcha Covered HR to provide human resources support to small and mid-sized businesses, who often lack affordable access to professional human resources services.

Patti has lectured at seminars both for individual businesses and for fellow attorneys on topics such as sexual harassment, family and medical leave, and wage and hour law. She works extensively with HR professionals and business owners in proactive problem solving, including: developing and implementing drug testing protocols; working with managers in dealing with employees in difficult situations, providing advice, guidance and coaching as needed; negotiating severance agreements; formulating general workplace policies and strategies; and conducting independent investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination.

Patti was interviewed and is quoted in a published work for The Physician’s Compliance Newsletter (“Contractor, Hourly, Salaried: Is Your Practice Getting It Right”, July 2013) and is a published contributing author in authoritative works on The Fair Labor Standards Act (BNA Books, 1999); and Employee Benefits Law (BNA Books, 1991). She has appeared on WWL Talk Radio to address sexual harassment in the workplace and was interviewed by The New Orleans Advocate in 2018 on the same topic.

In 2012, Patti received her certification in Employment Mediation from The Mediation Institute and is a registered Civil Mediator with the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Stefanie J. Allweiss, Gotcha Covered HR
Stefanie is a Human Resources Consultant and Mediator of Workplace Disputes. After graduating from Tulane University School of Law, she practiced labor and employment law for 25 years in New Orleans, first as a partner with McCalla Thompson, and then with Fisher & Phillips. She litigated employment-related matters and conducted independent investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints. Stefanie later served as Executive Director of Employee Relations and Equity for Tulane University, a position specially created for her. Stefanie sat on the panel of mediators and arbitrators for ADR Inc. and conducted pro-bono mediations for the EEOC’s Regional office. Stefanie has trained as a “Coach” to Louisiana Charter School Boards and assisted schools on governance issues.

Stefanie is active in the New Orleans community, having served on a myriad of non-profit Boards during her career, including the ADL (Anti-Defamation League); the JCC (Jewish Community Center) and FED (Foundation for Education and Development, a human rights organization to assist Burmese children and families living in poverty). Most recently Stefanie acted as Co-Chair and “Coach” of the Board of Take Paws Rescue, and has saved and adopted many rescue dogs.