Mid-Year Employment Law Conference Manual
The papers in this book will be presented at NELI’s 27th Annual Mid-Year Employment Law Conference, an advanced-level update of the most important developments affecting the employment policies and practices of business and government.
This publication was updated for the May 2023 “Mid-Year Employment Law Conference” and is available in a searchable PDF.
The chapters of this book reflect the agenda of the program. We are grateful to our distinguished panel of faculty members for their contributions to this course manual. Current as of May 2023.
- Developments in Equal Employment Opportunity Law – a thorough in-depth treatise
- Retaliation & Whistleblowing Update
- Wage and Hour & Misclassification Issues
- The e-Workplace: Privacy Issues & Cyber Security
- ADA Update: “Reasonable Accommodation”
- FMLA Compliance and Best Practices
- Current NLRA Trends
- Ethics in Labor & Employment Law
Kane Russell Coleman Logan
Dennis is director of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC, in Houston, Texas, representing management exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defending allegations of discrimination, unfair labor practices, wage and hour, OSHA claims, whistleblowing complaints and wrongful discharge, non-compete and trade secrets, counseling and training to employers on managing workplace issues and preventing employment lawsuits. Prior to re-entering private practice, Mr. Duffy was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Labor and Employment with Time Warner Inc.
Shannon represents public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. She conducts collective bargaining negotiations and interest arbitrations, defends employers in all types of employment and civil rights claims, and provides advice and training related to employment policies and other HR needs.
Sara helps employers craft employment policies, and investigate and effectively respond to workplace complaints. Sara has a great deal of experience defending against employment claims in court and other adversarial settings, including jury trials. She leverages her litigation experience in her employment counseling and investigatory work, understanding how events can later be perceived by a judge or jury. With that insight, Sara guides employers to proactively address workplace disputes with the goal of preventing litigation, or otherwise placing employers in the most defensible legal position.
David is NELI's Director of ADA Services. In this position, David conducts in-house and virtual ADA training for employers (including manufacturers, federal, state and local governments, and universities), law firms, and bar associations, among others. He also provides expert witness services during administrative proceedings and litigation.
Andrew is a partner in the San Francisco office, where he serves as the Office Leader. Andrew is a highly regarded trial lawyer and represents clients in a wide variety of industries, but specifically focuses on financial services, retail, technology, and advertising. He has an extensive class- and collective-action practice. He routinely defends employers in such cases in state and federal courts, particularly in cases alleging violations of the wage-and-hour laws. Andrew also defends employers in numerous other types of cases, such as those related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Elizabeth represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, pay equity, employee mobility, website accessibility, and wage-and-hour matters. Elizabeth has represented employers in multiple jurisdictions in state and federal courts, arbitration, and administrative proceedings (including DOL, EEOC, and DIR), defending against individual and class claims across industries, including technology, media and entertainment, retail, finance, health care, education, insurance, and transportation. In addition to litigation, she regularly assists employers to review and revise their employment policies and procedures, tackle novel employment issues, and develop creative solutions to employee-specific issues.
Jill is a New York employment law partner in the Orrick law firm and is a nationally recognized employment litigator and counselor. She has significant experience defending and advising employers in discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, wrongful discharge, affirmative action, wage-and-hour and traditional labor matters. In recognition of Jill's practice, Chambers USA and Chambers Global awarded her a Band 1 ranking, with clients calling Jill "a terrific lawyer," noting her "stellar reputation for her representation of clients in employment litigation and internal investigations," and her "smart, responsive and practical approach to advice and litigation."
Holland & Hart
Leveraging more than four decades of national experience, Steve provides strategic counsel and pragmatic guidance to help employers respond to employment and labor law issues. An experienced litigator, Steve understands the tactical positioning required to advance an employer’s rights, whether defending them in individual or class actions and appeals in state or federal court; before administrative agencies, including the NLRB, EEOC, and Utah Labor Commission; or in arbitration and mediation. Before joining Holland & Hart, Steve practiced most recently at a national law firm in its New Jersey, Denver, and Salt Lake City offices, where he served as an office managing partner.
Carson is a partner in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings and is the chair of the Washington, D.C. Employment Law Department. Carson represents employers in all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on the defense of class and collective action suits. She also has a particular focus on litigation involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants. She is a member of the firm’s Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets practice group as well as the Pay Equity practice group. She focuses on legal issues and cutting-edge trends relating to pay equity, social media and electronic discovery. She uses her electronic discovery expertise and experience with employee data to counsel clients and lead teams as they identify, locate, collect and produce electronically stored information in complex cases.
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