Our Employment Law Update is the premier labor and employment law conference for business leaders and HR professionals. Every year, the agenda is carefully selected by Employers Council’s expert labor and employment law attorneys to ensure that you are able stay ahead of the trends and in compliance with the law.
8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks / Jennifer Ward, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
8:45 Case, Legislative, and Regulatory Update / Jaimie Graczyk, Esq.
The federal government may have been quiet last year, but that doesn’t mean employers can rest easy. The state legislatures and the courts have been as active as ever, and much of their focus has been on workplace practices. This session will provide an overview of the most important new laws, cases, and legal trends affecting employers.
9:30 Epic Fallout: Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Waivers, and Confidential Settlements After #MeToo / Dave Strousberg, Esq.
In the last year, employers recognized significant clarification of the tools they have available to handle legal disputes with employees and former employees. The U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions regarding whether and when class action waivers are permissible. In addition, changes in federal and state law are creating new barriers for employers who wish to use confidential settlements to resolve certain claims. This session will discuss these developments in detail and the impact they have on how employers
manage disputes with workers.
10:30 Pay Equity: Foundation, Facts and Fixes / Brian Ayers, Esq.
In the wake of the #metoo movement, state and local
governments are taking drastic steps to curb a perennial problem in the
workplace: pay equity. This presentation will discuss the most recent developments
in this area, including federal and state legal trends, employer defenses to
pay equity claims, and the proactive steps employers can take to assess their
own liability and address any legal vulnerabilities before a discrimination
charge is ever made.
11:15 Managing Medical Leaves of Absence / Ben Hase, Esq.
When responding to employee requests for time off for medical conditions, an employer’s policies and practices may collide with complex federal, state, and local laws.
This presentation reviews solutions for employers to consider in implementing a medical leave framework that complies with all legal obligations, while meeting the employer’s business needs and providing a positive experience for employees. Other items to be discussed include unlimited paid time off plans, as well as maternity and paternity leave, in the context of new legislative trends spanning the country.
1:15 Ineffective Workplace Communication: A Gateway to Litigation? / Kimberly Searfoorce, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
While legal compliance remains critical, many employee concerns initially arise in the arena of communication. Far from violations of law, violations of trust or respect are
often the root cause of workplace frustrations. This session will raise awareness around some of the biases, conflict escalators, and group dynamics that lead to employee complaints and review how employers can create healthier workplaces and reduce legal challenges.
2:15 Wage and Hour Law in 2019 / Evan Schlack, Esq.
Employment experts anticipate that 2019 will be a big year for wage and hour law. The federal government has indicated interest in modifying regulations on several topics, including overtime calculations and employee exemptions. State and local governments have become more involved in pay issues, and have set up an extensive overlay of rules that make it difficult for employers to stay compliant. This session will help employers keep up with the trends and navigate the increasingly complex world of employee pay.
3:00 When Employees’ Protected Statuses Compete – Does Anyone Win? / Ellen McKitterick, Esq.
Employees’ protected statuses occasionally create conflicting obligations that leave employers in seemingly impossible situations. This unique presentation will focus on what organizations can and should do to manage circumstances when workers’ rights appear to collide.
3:45 Adjourn / Jennifer Ward Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.