29th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar 2020

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Tuesday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET
  • Live Webcast
  • Live Telephone
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MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 1.0) Pending
Live-Interactive Credit: 7.0 Pending (all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $329
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Why Attend?

Consistently rated as “Excellent” by attendees, this seminar is designed for any attorney wishing to receive valuable updates and practical guidance in dealing with employment law–related issues.

  • Learn from the leading practitioners and gain real, practical knowledge in a wide array of employment law matters
  • Catch up on the most pressing and current employment law topics
  • Receive instruction and comprehensive written materials and outlines that you will be able to use now, and in the long term, to improve your practice

The Special Election Year Edition!

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the originally planned Employment Law Update live seminars in Fairfax and Richmond will now be presented as a live webcast/telephone seminar on Tuesday, May 5.

For nearly three decades, this seminar has been the indispensable educational 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.

This year’s “special election year edition” sessions include:

  • A look at the latest trends and developments with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • A discussion on how to find good clients, and how to develop successful legal theories
  • An examination of the growing legislative, regulatory, and judicial trends concerning the use of independent contractors
  • Practical guidance for terminating employees
  • Emerging trends in noncompetes and other legislative updates

Plus, the annual Ethics Hour and Annual Update on employment law cases

A Few Comments from Last Year’s Program

“I attend each year.  It is simply the best content and presenters every year.”

“Always excellent and timely information.”

“Very impressed overall with breadth, depth, and inclusion of particularly appropriate and helpful topics.”


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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

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

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (May 5) (Eastern Time)

8:00 Voting Early and Often”: Ethical Dilemmas in Employment Law Cases
David L. Greenspan, Zachary A. Kitts

Two experienced employment law practitioners review some of the ethical traps of handling employment law cases.

9:00 Introductory Comments
9:05 “The Results Are In!” Annual Update on Employment Law Cases
Harris D. Butler, Edward Lee Isler

Our annual comprehensive point-counterpoint by two grizzled veterans of the plaintiff and management bars of the most important Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit, and Virginia employment law decisions from the past twelve months.
10:15 Break
10:30 “Navigating the Campaign Trail”: Latest Trends in ADA Reasonable Accommodations
Amanda M. Weaver, Nicholas Woodfield


The Americans with Disabilities Act continues to challenge employers and employees alike as they navigate and debate the latest trends in reasonable accommodations, including leaves of absence, teleworking, and job reassignment.

11:30 Throwing Your Hat in the Ring”: Finding Good Plaintiffs and Structuring Good Cases
Kimberly H. Berry, Peter C. Cohen, Timothy E. Cupp

Three seasoned plaintiffs’ attorneys discuss the secrets to finding good clients and pressing successful legal theories.

12:30 Lunch Break
1:30 Consultants, Lobbyists, and Organizers, Oh My!” The Growing Challenges of Engaging Independent Contractors
John M. Bredehoft, Maureen E. Carr

Technological changes and the “gig” economy have led to an increase in the use of workers as independent contractors, while lawmakers try to hold back the tide.  This session will examine growing legislative, regulatory, and judicial trends to curb the use of independent contractors.
2:30 Break
2:45 “Dropping Out of the Race”: Terminating Employees—8 Key Considerations
Sarah A. Belger, A. Tevis Marshall

In today’s world, terminating an employee seems to be more of a minefield than ever before. In this session, two veteran management-side attorneys will offer sound and practical guidance for implementing employment separations.
3:45 “Curbing Your Opponents”: Emerging Trends in Noncompetes and Other Legislative Updates
John E. Davidson, Michael J. Lorenger

This session will review how the use (and some might say abuse) of restrictive covenants has led many legislatures around the country (including the Virginia General Assembly) to debate (and, in some instances, enact) legislative measures to curb the use of noncompete agreements.

4:45 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Sarah A. Belger, Quarles & Brady LLP / Washington, DC
Kimberly H. Berry, Berry & Berry, PLLC / Reston
John M. Bredehoft, Kaufman & Canoles / Norfolk
Harris D. Butler, III, Butler Royals / Richmond
Maureen E. Carr, Bean Kinney & Korman PC / Arlington
Peter C. Cohen, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. / Reston
Timothy E. Cupp, Shelley Cupp Schulte, P.C. / Harrisonburg
John E. Davidson, Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC / Charlottesville
David L. Greenspan, McGuireWoods LLP / Tysons
Edward Lee Isler, IslerDare PC / Tysons
Zachary A. Kitts, K&G Law Group / Fairfax
Michael J. Lorenger, Lorenger & Carnell, PLC / Alexandria
A. Tevis Marshall, Ogletree Deakins / Richmond
Amanda M. Weaver, Williams Mullen / Richmond
Nicholas Woodfield, The Employment Law Group, P.C. / Washington, DC


Sarah A. Belger, Quarles & Brady LLP / Washington, DC

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