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Employment Law Institute 2013

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Why you should attend

Our annual Employment Law Institute combines a comprehensive review of case law and regulatory developments, an in-depth analysis of emerging issues, and best practices to maximize employment law compliance, mitigate legal risk and achieve business objectives. The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized management and plaintiffs’ attorneys, members of the judiciary, in-house counsel and government enforcement agency officials who share their perspectives, insights and experiences.

What you will learn

  • The Year in Review: the important federal and state case law and regulatory developments, including the latest guidance on arbitration and class actions
  • EEOC and DOL’s current focus – hear from the source about current priorities
  • Settlement issues in wage and hour class/collective actions
  • Recent developments under the ADA/ADAAA, including an all new panel on employer assessments and accommodation of mental disorders
  • Managing leaves of absence: FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation and other types of leave
  • NLRB current controversies and labor law in union and nonunion workplaces
  • The virtual workplace: risks and opportunities
  • Social media and privacy in the workplace
  • Retaliation and whistleblower claims, including insight into the non-retaliation provisions of the Affordable Care Act
  • Views from the bench – litigating employment law cases

Who should attend

This program is designed for private practitioners, in-house counsel, and human resources and other business professionals who seek an in-depth analysis and discussion of often subtle and rapidly evolving issues arising in employment law.

Day One: 9:00a.m - 5:00p.m

9:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction
Speakers: Amy L. Bess, Zachary D. Fasman

9:15 The Year in Review
  • Discussion of the latest Supreme Court decisions, including the latest guidance on arbitration and class actions
  • Analysis of current court trends
  • The latest issues in affirmative action in light of recent Supreme Court rulings and enforcement initiatives
  • Important litigation trends
Speakers: Samuel Estreicher, Zachary D. Fasman, Joseph M. Sellers

10:45 Networking Break

11:00 Settlements in Wage and Hour/Collective Actions
  • At what stage should you settle and what are the ramifications? Can you settle pre-suit?
  • Assessing risk of exposure and calculating potential damages
  • Arbitration and offers of judgment
  • Practical considerations in the class action settlement process: scope of the release, claims processes, costs of administration and attorneys’ fees
Speakers: Rachel M. Bien, Samuel S. Shaulson

12:00 Lunch Break

1:00 NLRB: Current Controversies and Labor Law in the Union and Non-Unionized Workplaces
  • The status of the Board: Noel Canning and Board authority
  • Social media rulings
  • Employee handbook and at-will employment
  • NLRB rulings involving the union workplace; cancellation of checkoff, union access and the duty to supply information
Speakers: Zachary D. Fasman, Willis J. Goldsmith, Lafe E. Solomon

2:15 Social Media and Privacy in the Workplace
  • Hiring practices and social media
  • Privacy/electronic workplace issues
  • Workplace monitoring and surveillance
  • Employee personal use of employer computers, BlackBerrys, etc., including privilege issues
  • Implications of social networking/employee blogging
  • Protecting trade secrets
  • BYO device
Speakers: Jeffrey S. Klein, Lisa Reeves, Laura S. Schnell

3:30 Networking Break

3:45 The Virtual Workplace
  • Pros/cons of employers offering telecommuting as an option/benefit
  • ADA accommodation issues (is telecommuting a reasonable accommodation?)
  • Safety concerns regarding the at-home workplace
  • Eligibility factors and unfairness/discrimination issues
  • FLSA issues and off-the-clock concerns
  • Protecting employers’ and clients’ confidential information
  • Multijurisdictional legal issues (employer in one state/employees work in others)
  • Policy and practice: creating work-at-home policies and agreements
  • Yahoo and other decisions to pull back work-from-home arrangements
Speakers: Roxane Marenberg, Laura Sack, Barbara Taylor

Day Two: 9:00a.m - 4:45p.m

9:00 ADA and Mental Disorders: Employee Threats and Violence, Employer Assessments and Accommodations

Threats, bullying and violent conduct in the workplace; case law and ADA/EEOC/OSHA regulations regarding permissible employer responses

  • Mental examinations, fitness-for-duty exams, and the direct threat analysis
  • Forensic threat assessments: when are they appropriate and how are they conducted? Methods, results and predictive value
  • Drafting and implementing workplace violence policies – dos and don’ts
Speakers: Stuart B. Kleinman, M.D., Stephen P. Sonnenberg

10:00 Litigating Employment Law Cases: Views from the Bench
  • Motion practice
  • Claims against employees (trade secrets and restrictive covenants)
  • Employment arbitration and mediation
  • E-discovery
  • Evidence issues/use of experts
  • Statistical proof of discrimination
  • Jury instructions
Speakers: Hon. John Gleeson, Hon. Faith S. Hochberg, Robert D. Kraus, Theodore O. Rogers, Jr.

11:15 Networking Break

11:30 Government Agencies' Current Focus
  • New EEOC rules and enforcement trends
  • Systemic litigation
  • Equal pay
  • Hiring practices, including criminal history checks
Speakers: Peggy R. Mastroianni, Kathleen M. McKenna, Hon. M. Patricia Smith

12:30 Lunch Break

1:30 Managing Leaves of Absence: FMLA, ADA, Workers' Compensation and Other Leaves
  • Case law developments affecting notice, intermittent leave, medical examinations, reasonable accommodations and undue hardship
  • Accommodating mental disabilities
  • Managing performance issues when impacted by an impairment
  • ADA leaves as a reasonable accommodation – when is additional leave “enough”?
  • Reinstatement issues, including job transfer as a reasonable accommodation
  • Interplay between various leave laws – practical approaches
Speakers: Amy L. Bess, Sandi F. Dubin, Sara E. Elder

2:30 Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank developments
  • Non-retaliation provisions of the Affordable Care Act
  • The limits to protected opposition activity
  • Retaliation based on use of the judicial process
Speakers: Alexander C. B. Barnard, Jonathan Ben-Asher, Jill L. Rosenberg, Yolanda Seals-Coffield

3:30 Networking Break

3:45 The Ethics of Email and Social Media: A Top Ten List
  • Maintaining privilege in electronic communications
  • Use of corporate email systems by employees to communicate with counsel
  • Inadvertent disclosure and metadata
  • Outsourcing discovery
  • Social media research on jurors and during trial
  • Appearing before judges with whom you are social media “friends”
Speakers: Amy L. Bess, Zachary D. Fasman, Thomas E. Spahn

Program Attorney(s)
Danielle B. Cohen ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
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