Mid-Year Employment Law Conference - Webinar

Webinar,       May 13-15, 2020

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by COVID-19, NELI will be altering the presentation format of this year’s Mid-Year Employment Law Conference to be a LIVE WEBINAR Conference with video rather than the in-person meeting. The program will be presented over 3 days, with 3.5 hours of instruction per day. The program will run from 11:30-3:15 pm (Eastern Time) each day.

You may participate "live" and/or watch the recording at your convenience. Please email us with questions at

The program will feature our renowned faculty and their comprehensive materials. We will cover, where appropriate, issues raised by COVID-19 in the workplace.

Wednesday, May 13: 11:30 am - 3:15 pm (Eastern)

11:30 am - 1:30 pm (Eastern) - Developments in EEO Law

Update in key substantive and procedural areas, including race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender and pregnancy discrimination, the ADEA, damages, injunctive relief, and other cutting-edge areas. Carson Sullivan - Paul Hastings

1:30 - 1:45 pm (Eastern) - Break

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm (Eastern) - Retaliation and Whistleblowing Update

Including “protected activity,” expanded concept of “adverse action,” negating inference of “causation,” third party retaliation, retaliatory harassment, “unreasonable opposition,” continued surge in whistleblower, Dodd Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley issues, including expanded rights and remedies of the would be whistleblower, expansion of Sarbanes-Oxley, and best practices to help avoid and/or minimize liability. Greg Keating - Choate

Thursday, May 14: 11:30 am - 3:15 pm (Eastern)

11:30 am - 1:15 pm (Eastern) - Wage and Hour & Misclassification Issues

Recent DOL initiatives and regulations, new developments involving joint employers, contingent workers and other non-covered workers, exemption and misclassification decisions, wage and rate calculation issues, compensable time in our increasingly technology-centered workplace, and emerging case law on actual or constructive knowledge of time worked required to prove a claim. Shannon Farmer - Ballard Spahr

1:15 - 1:30 pm (Eastern) - Break

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm (Eastern) - The e-Workplace: Privacy Issues and Cyber Security

Technology platforms and apps challenging employers on restricting, monitoring, and scrutinizing usage that impacts employees’ privacy rights and employers’ information security programs, including “Shadow IT,” “Cloud,” and social media and their implications for an employer’s BYOD program and potential discoverability, employers’ rights to limit or discipline for employees’ social media posts, prohibitions on forced disclosure of personal log-in credentials, and minimizing risks of data theft. Adam Forman – Epstein Becker & Green

Friday, May 15: 11:30 am - 3:15 pm (Eastern)

11:30 am - 1:15 pm (Eastern) - Fast-Breaking Developments on “Reasonable Accommodation”

Important new cases on “reasonable,” what triggers the duty to interact, what supervisors and HR personnel should be trained to say and document in response to employee requests, what if the employee fails to cooperate in RA discussion, what supervisors can disclose to co-workers about an accommodation, and particular requests such as leave (including repeated leave extensions), change of supervisors, noncompetitive reassignment, light duty, work-at-home, shift changes, and an irritant-free workplace. David Fram - NELI

1:15 - 1:30 pm (Eastern) - Break

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm (Eastern) - FMLA Compliance and Best Practices

New DOL opinion letters, including developments regarding coordination of paid and FMLA leave, practical issues regarding the effect of leave on the measurement of performance goals and handling requests to work after being approved for leave, training supervisors on what not to say, proposed changes to DOL forms, issues when leave is to care for a family member, how to use notice requirements and re-certifications to combat intermittent leave abuse, and what to do when you suspect fraudulent use of leave. Tracy Billows – Seyfarth Shaw

Also Included:

2 Hours - Ethics in Labor and Employment Law Webinar – Live or Rebroadcast (June 4, 2020)

Annual update on cutting edge ethics issues, including conflicts of interest, attorney-client privilege and waiver, ex parte access to current and former managers and employees, pre-trial investigations, employee confidential communications using employer-provided computers and email, in-house counsel ethical issues, improper acquisition and inadvertent disclosure of information and documents, access to social media information, settlement and negotiations, and court enforcement of professionalism and civility codes. Dennis Duffy

2 Hours - Current NLRA Issues and Trends Webinar – Live or Rebroadcast (May 21, 2020)

Covering recent developments at the NLRB and what is likely to occur, including analysis of several important Board decisions overturning rulings from the Board appointed by President Obama, new initiatives announced by NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, and the Board’s rulemaking on joint employer standards, union representational issues, and other potential topics and critical court decisions affecting traditional labor law. Denise Keyser and Steve Suflas - Ballard Spahr

All program participants will receive a PDF copy of our updated 2020 Mid-Year Employment Law Conference Manual

This program will provide between 12-14 CLE/CEU hours (including ethics), depending upon the jurisdiction. NELI is an approved provider of HRCI and SHRM for recertification credit.

Registration Fee: $795.00

HR Certification Institute SHRM Recertification Provider
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