27th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar 2018

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0 (Optional)

Live on Site: Thursday, May 3 / Fairfax
  Wednesday, May 9 / Richmond
Registration for Optional Early Morning Ethics: 7:30 a.m.
Optional Ethics Hour: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Regular Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Regular Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0) or 7.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 or 7.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

  • Learn how to address sexual harassment situations in the “#Me Too” era
  • Examine cutting-edge issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including whether leave beyond FMLA entitlement is considered a reasonable accommodation
  • Prepare for claims that can arise when an employee leaves an employer 
  • Review developments under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and get practical guidance on understanding our nation’s overtime laws
  • Explore nationwide trends in state and local employment statutes, including laws increasing the rights of employees to certain kinds of benefits or restricting the rights of employers to inquire into certain areas of employees’ lives
  • 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. 

A Few Comments from Last Year’s Program

“Great seminar with relevant information and entertaining presentations.”
“Best CLE I attend.”
“Very informative and thorough for attorneys in this area.”
“Overall excellent information and presenters.  Thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“I appreciate that this is an update seminar and the presenters and the materials are always top-notch. It allows me to understand new developments without having to do all the research myself.”
“Great presenters. Great way to keep updated in employment issues/trends. Fantastic seminar. I look forward to it each year.”

Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 14 video replays offered statewide in June and October.
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7:30 Registration for early morning Ethics hour
8:00 “Staying on the Right Side”: Ethical Issues Arising in Employment Law
C. Simon Davidson

Practical teaching on ethical issues that arise in employment cases.
8:30 Regular Registration for those not attending the Ethics hour
9:00 Introductory Comments
9:05 “From the Headlines”: The Latest Annual Update on Employment Law Cases
Betty S.W. Graumlich, Thomas E. Strelka

A comprehensive overview of the most important Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit, and Virginia employment law decisions from the past twelve months.
10:15 Break
10:30 Leave, Drugs, and Stress”: Cutting-Edge Issues Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Timothy E. Cupp, David L. Greenspan

This session will explore the most recent developments under the ADA, including whether leave beyond FMLA entitlement is considered a reasonable accommodation. 
11:30 “It Always Hurts to Say Goodbye”: Claims That Can Arise When an Employee Leaves
John C. Davidson, Edward Lee Isler

What can employees do when they decide to leave their employer?  How far does the duty of loyalty extend, and when do departing employees cross that line?
12:30 Lunch (provided at live seminars only)
1:30 “Lauer, Weinstein, and Rose, Oh My!” Addressing Sexual Harassment Situations in the “#Me Too” Era
John M. Bredehoft, Carla D. Brown, Joan S. Morrow

Sexual harassment has been illegal for 40 years, so why does it seem that some people are just now catching on? What changes should employers consider for policies, training, claim investigation, and discipline? How should lawyers advise individuals claiming harassment? Have settlement values changed?  What is the impact of the Tax Reform Act provisions on settlements with non-disclosure agreements? And are there areas where the pendulum may be swinging too far?
2:30 Break
2:45 “Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later”: Developments Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Paul DeCamp, Mary C. Lombardo

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division recently reversed course in a number of critical areas while employers continue to struggle with understanding the nuances of overtime exemptions. This session will provide practical guidance to counsel for employers and employees in the never-ending battle to understand our nation’s overtime laws.
3:45 “The Coming Tsunami”: Growing Trends in State and Local Employment Statutes
Fairfax:  Elizabeth M. Ebanks, Lori H. Turner
Elizabeth M. Ebanks, Kristina H. Vaquera

In the last five years, numerous states and municipalities have enacted laws increasing the rights of employees to certain kinds of benefits or restricting the rights of employers to inquire into certain areas of employees’ lives. This session will focus on the nature of  those changes in the likelihood that those changes will be coming to Virginia.
4:45 Adjourn



John M. Bredehoft, Kaufman & Canoles / Norfolk
Carla D. Brown, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. / Reston
Timothy E. Cupp, Shelley Cupp Schulte / Harrisonburg
C. Simon Davidson, McGuireWoods LLP / Charlottesville
John E. Davidson, Davidson & Kitzmann / Charlottesville
Paul DeCamp, Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. / Washington, DC
Elizabeth M. Ebanks, Ogletree Deakins / Richmond
Betty S.W. Graumlich, Reed Smith LLP / Richmond
David L. Greenspan, McGuireWoods LLP / Tysons
Edward Lee Isler, IslerDare PC / Vienna
Mary C. Lombardo, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC/ Rockville, MD
Joan S. Morrow, Joan S. Morrow, P.A. / Richmond and Williamsburg
Thomas E. Strelka, Strelka Law Office, PC / Roanoke
Lori H. Turner, IslerDare PC / Vienna
Kristina H. Vaquera
, Jackson Lewis P.C. / Norfolk


Susanne Harris Carnell, Lorenger & Carnell PLC / Alexandria

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$280* regular registration (without printed materials).
$310 regular registration plus printed materials.
$325 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


Fairfax / Thursday, May 3
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

Richmond / Wednesday, May 9
The Westin Richmond (Venue Website / Google Map)
6631 West Broad Street
(804) 282-8444

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.
A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

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.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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