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Employment Law 2015 Live and Webcast

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Employment Law 2015: Current and Cutting-Edge Issues for the Corporate Counselor and General Practitioner

Program Co-Sponsors:
Labor and Employment Law Section
Committee on Continuing Legal Education

6.5 TOTAL CREDITS: 4.0 in Areas of Professional Practice and 2.5 in Skills.
This course has been approved for MCLE credit in New York for all attorneys, including newly admitted (less than 24 months).
 Can’t attend in person? The program at this location is also available via simultaneous live webcast option.
Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
This popular, basic-to-intermediate level program, updated and revamped from previous years, is structured to cover on a practical basis several of the current, high-profile issues and problems arising in today's workplace on which corporate counsel, or a private practitioner with a general practice, may be called to handle on behalf of the company or the employee. At the same time, the faculty will share tips and strategies designed to avoid costly litigation.
Program Agenda

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Registration (outside meeting room)
Introduction and Overview 

Navigating Federal Wage and Hour Laws in 2015:  Classification Issues, Compensable Activities, and Other Hot Topics
The panel will provide a basic overview of the FLSA, discuss recent court decisions, and explore trends in wage and hour litigation.  There will be a special focus on classification issues (e.g. exempt v. non-exempt and contractor v. employee) and on compensation matters related to preliminary and postliminary work activities.
Coffee Break

10:45-12:00 Noon
Workplace Privacy in a Digital World: Employee Surveillance, Information Security, Social Media, and BYOD Policies
Panel’s focus will be on the laws and issues affecting employee privacy and the employer’s ability to protect information and monitor workplace activities.  Also included among the discussion topics will be best practices associated with and the legal and practical implications of workplace social media and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies; terminating/disciplining employees for use of social media; whistleblower issues; issues arising from social media in hiring; bullying and harassment of employees; and others.
12:00-1:15 p.m.  
Lunch (on your own)
From Doctor’s Notes to Dealing with Challenging FMLA Issues
This panel will provide a brief overview of the requirements for obtaining family and medical leave and will discuss current FMLA issues such as coverage for same sex partners who have a serious health condition; coverage for those who need leave related to military service; issues related to verification of FMLA arising from documentation provided by health care providers and the interaction with HIPAA;  continuation of approved leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA and reassignments, transfers and job restructuring while on FMLA leave.
Five Years Since Birth - The Affordable Care Act in Practice
This panel will focus on the basics of the ACA and address current issues including the interaction of the employer mandate and ERISA §510; COBRA obligations and interaction with obtaining coverage through state sponsored exchanges; the future of the federal subsidy benefit in light of the King case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court; tax implications for those who did not obtain insurance; and reduced federal funding for hospitals and other medical providers.
Coffee / Soft Drink Break
Obesity, Employees “Regarded As” Disabled, and the Applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace
After providing a background to the ADA, the panel will discuss relevant hot issues in the workplace.  Among the topics explored will be whether “obesity” could be a disability and how the ADA protects from discrimination not only those who are disabled but those who are also “regarded as” disabled.
4:30 p.m.

Program Speakers (in alphabetical order)
William D. Frumkin, Esq.
Frumkin & Hunter LLP
White Plains
Gretchen Harders, Esq. 
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
New York City
Emilie A. Hendee, Esq.
Jones Day
New York City
Heather C. Hili, Esq.
Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP
New York City
David J. Kahne, Esq.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
New York City
Paula Johnson Kelly, Esq.
Attorney at Law
New Rochelle
Robert D. Lipman, Esq.
Lipman & Plesur, LLP
Randi Melnick, Esq.
Moskowitz & Book, LLP
New York City
Susan E. Salazar, Esq.
Raff & Becker, LLP
New York City
Tracey Salmon-Smith, Esq.
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Florham Park, NJ
Howard Schragin, Esq.
Sapir Schragin LLP
White Plains
Kathryn E. White, Esq.
Employee Relations & Compliance
Office of Human Resources
St. John's University
Catherine A. Williams, Esq.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
New York City

Program Planning Committee (in alphabetical order)
Ronald G. Dunn, Esq.
Gleason Dunn Walsh & O’Shea
William D. Frumkin, Esq.
Frumkin & Hunter LLP
White Plains
Seth H. Greenberg, Esq.
Greenberg Burzichelli Greenberg P.C.
Lake Success
William A. Herbert, Esq.
Distinguished Lecturer
Hunter College, City University of New York
Executive Director
National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions
New York City
Alyson Mathews, Esq.
Lamb & Barnosky, LLP
Sharon P. Stiller, Esq.
Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP

NYSBA Member: $150
Labor and Employment Law Section Member: $127.50

Non-Member: $250
Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.


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Program materials are distributed at each live program in a CLE Course Materials publication. In addition, complete course materials are distributed to registered attendees in digital PDF searchable format at least one week prior to the program date via email, providing you with flexibility in using these materials in your day-to-day practice.
Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months). Newly admitted attorneys must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001
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