26th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: Optional 1-hour early morning Ethics hour

Video on Site: Tuesday, June 27 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, June 28 / Tysons
  Tuesday, October 24 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond
  Wednesday, October 25 / Tysons
Registration for Optional
Early Morning Ethics
:
7:30 a.m. (Richmond location: 8:30 a.m.)
Optional Ethics Hour: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (Richmond location: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
Regular Registration: 8:30 a.m. (Richmond location: 9:30 a.m.)
Regular Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Richmond location: 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.)
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0) or 7.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: May 9 in Fairfax and May 11 in Richmond

Information

Why Attend?

  • Listen as a panel addresses strategies used by plaintiff’s counsel in vetting and then prosecuting an effective employment case
  • Receive practical guidance on best practices in conducting workplace investigations, including investigations of harassment or discrimination allegations
  • Examine the complex challenges facing both employers and employees when mental and emotional impairments begin to impact the employee's performance and workplace conduct, including addressing issues of threats or potential workplace violence
  • Hear insights from experienced practitioners on a “smorgasbord o’ employment law topics” rarely addressed in CLEs, such as: drug testing in the era of marijuana legalization; NLRA issues for the non-unionized employer; what to expect from a Trump-era NLRB;  issues facing government contractors; special issues when employing members of the military; and predictions about employment law changes under the current administration
  • Discover the current state of the law in providing religious accommodations, as well as accommodations required by pregnancy
  • Plus, don’t miss the popular Early Morning Ethics Hour and the Annual Case Law Update

For nearly three decades, this seminar has been the indispensable educational and networking opportunity for all attorneys practicing in, or wanting to learn more about, employment law.

This seminar provides detailed explanation, in-depth analysis, and practical advice for both management and plaintiffs’ counsel in a number of today’s hot employment topics. Plus, an annual case law update and an optional early morning ethics hour.

A Few Comments from Last Year’s Program

“Really excellent. Very engaging speakers on a broad range of topics.”

“Good balance of plaintiff/defendant and legal vs. practical.”

“Excellent information, very relevant.”

“All programs were great and I appreciate the depth of the written materials.”

 

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE

* Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

7:30 Registration for early morning Ethics hour
8:00 Legal Ethics Issues in Employment Law
Carla D. Brown, John E. Davidson


This session will provide practical guidance for the employment practitioner, addressing questions such as what triggers a conflict check, what constitutes adversity under the conflict rules, what to include in engagement letters, and when to send a closing letter, and issues arising out of a multi-jurisdictional practice including when are you “practicing law” in a foreign jurisdiction and when you should engage local counsel.

8:30

Regular Registration for those not attending the Ethics hour

9:00 Introductory Comments
9:10 Annual Update on Employment Law
John M. Bredehoft, Zachary A. Kitts

A comprehensive overview of the most important Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit, and Virginia employment law decisions from the past twelve months.

10:25 Break
10:40

“What Lurks Beneath”: Conducting Effective Investigations of Workplace Issues
Elizabeth A. Lalik (Fairfax), Karen Michael (Richmond)
                 

Experienced attorneys will provide practical guidance on best practices in conducting workplace investigations, including investigations of harassment or discrimination allegations.

11:30 Plaintiff’s Theory of an Effective Employment Case
Lisa A. Bertini, Harris D. Butler, John C. Cook   
                 

The panel will address strategies used by plaintiff’s counsel in vetting and then prosecuting an effective employment case.
12:30 Lunch Recess
1:30

I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just a Little Unwell”
Edward Lee Isler, Thomas E. Strelka

This session will focus on the challenges facing both employers and employees when mental and emotional impairments begin to impact the employee's performance and workplace conduct, including addressing issues of threats or potential workplace violence.

2:20 Smorgasbord O’ Employment Law Topics
Christine M. Burke, Christy E. Kiely, Teresa Burke Wright

Experienced practitioners will tackle a host of “niche” employment topics that are rarely addressed in CLEs, to include: drug testing in the era of marijuana legalization; NLRA issues for the non-unionized employer; what to expect from a Trump-era NLRB; issues facing government contractors; special issues when employing members of the military; and predictions about employment law changes under the current administration.
3:00 Break
3:15 Smorgasbord O’ Employment Law Topics (Continued)
3:45

Accommodating Pregnancy and Religion
Sarah A. Belger, J. Thomas Spiggle

This session will address the current state of the law in providing religious accommodations, as well as accommodations required by pregnancy.  The presentation will also cover current issues in pregnancy and religious-based discrimination and harassment, including a discussion of the particular nuances of claims brought against government entities. 

4:45 Adjourn

Faculty

FACULTY

Sarah A. Belger, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. / Reston
Lisa A. Bertini, Bertini Law, PC / Virginia Beach
John M. Bredehoft, Kaufman & Canoles / Norfolk
Carla D. Brown, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C / Reston
Christine M.  Burke, Lorenger & Carnell PLC / Alexandria                        
Harris D. Butler III, Butler Royals / Richmond
John C. Cook, Cook, Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC / Fairfax
John E. Davidson, Davidson & Kitzmann / Charlottesville
Edward Lee Isler
, IslerDare PC / Vienna
Christy E. Kiely, Hunton & Williams LLP / Richmond
Zachary A. Kitts, K&G Law Group / Fairfax
Elizabeth A. Lalik, Littler Mendelson P.C. / Tysons
Karen Michael, Karen Michael PLC / Richmond
J. Thomas Spiggle, The Spiggle Law Firm / Arlington                         
Thomas E. Strelka, Strelka Law Office, PC / Roanoke
Teresa Burke Wright, Jackson Lewis P.C. / Reston                            

MODERATOR AND CHAIR OF THE PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE

Susanne Harris Carnell, Lorenger & Carnell PLC / Alexandria

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$215* regular registration (without printed materials).
$245 regular registration plus printed materials.
$260 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


VIDEO LOCATIONS AND DATES

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map) Now Metro accessible!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map) Now Metro accessible!


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Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.

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