Assumptions about the nature and structure of work have been revisited and employers find themselves operating in a workplace transformed.
Now, with a multi-generational, geographically-dispersed, politically and socially conscious workforce in tow, a continued expansion of the regulatory landscape, and a greater pressure to enhance the overall employee experience, employers must be ready to confront the many new challenges that lie ahead – all while remaining competitive and reducing potential exposure.
Join us on April 20, 2023 for Mintz’s Seventh Annual Employment Law Summit as we bring together thought leaders to discuss the employment law hot topics of the day.
This year, we are pleased to announce Annabel Palma, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights as our keynote speaker.
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Who should attend? C-Level executives, compliance officers, in-house counsel, and HR professionals from all industries.
Agenda & Topics Covered:
First things First: Prioritizing Hiring & Onboarding Compliance in an Evolving Marketplace
Whether an employee’s hiring and onboarding occurs in the office, remotely, or as a hybrid of the two, it’s crucial that employers understand the associated legal risks as it can make all the difference between a successful experience and a costly lawsuit. During this opening segment, we will cover requirements and best practices for properly hiring and onboarding new employees (in office and remotely), focusing on employment salary history and pay transparency, artificial intelligence in the hiring process, background checks and drug testing, employment applications and job postings, trainings and orientations, and more.
Presenters: David Barmak and Natalie Groot (Mintz)
To Have and To Hold: Leveraging Change to Drive Engagement and Retention
The workforce is more connected, mobile and diverse than ever. Given this, employers need to understand the factors, trends, and developments driving the retention of high-performing employees. Specifically, this panel will discuss the “new normal” driving employee’s everyday experience and practices for retention, including effective performance management techniques, including in the hybrid environment, the prevalence of quiet quitting but also quiet hiring, the impact of GenZ’s growing presence in the workplace, the importance of DEI, as well as focusing on health and wellness in the workplace, and much more.
Panelists: Lisa Barse Bernstein (Chief Administrative Officer, SageSure), Jennifer Budoff (Associate General Counsel, Schneider Electric), and Allison Heilman (HR Director, Americas, Christies)
Moderator: Drew Matzkin (Mintz)
When It Is Time To Say Goodbye: Best Practices For Navigating the Separation and Post-Separation Landscape
In this session we will take a deep dive into the thorny, complicated issues that arise when it’s time to end the employment relationship and the issues that arise thereafter. Topics include: separation/severance agreement do’s and don’ts, tips for ensuring the safeguarding of employer information (including trade secrets), physical property (e.g., laptops) and reputation, final wage payment law compliance, and finally, the keys to implementing and enforcing an employee’s post-employment restrictive covenants.
Presenters: Brendan Lowd and Nikki Rivers (Mintz)
Navigating an Increasingly Politically-Polarized Workplace
Politics in the workplace has always been a sensitive issue. But in today’s environment, employee divisions have become more extreme and interactions less civil. At the same time, company leadership continues to grapple with how best to account for, and comment on, social issues, as well as how to have direct conversations with employees. During this session, we will discuss ways in which organizations can deftly manage through this top-of-mind issue at both the macro and individual levels, including by offering best practices for driving the political conversation in the workplace, while enhancing office culture and limiting exposure.
Panelists: David Katz (SVP Chief Counsel, Litigation & Employment, Related Companies), Amanda Kosowsky (Deputy GC, Centerview Partners), and Jackie Wilson II (Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Brooklyn Nets/BSE Global)
Presenters/Moderators: Andrew Bernstein and Emma Follansbee (Mintz)
Keynote Speaker and Q&A Session: Annabel Palma, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights
The Evolution of Discrimination and Harassment Since #MeToo
In 2017, the #MeToo movement took the workplace (and the world) by storm, prompting legislative efforts to address workplace harassment and employers to make significant changes to policies, procedures and training. Now, over five years and a national pandemic later, in a workplace transformed, how have employers continued to advocate for safe, inclusive work environments? This final segment will explore this evolution and cover the latest developments regarding equal rights laws, detail new and novel approaches to ensuring safe workplace environments, and highlight considerations employers and employees should recognize in addressing new forms of discrimination and harassment.
Presenters: David Lagasse, Evan Piercey and Natashia Tidwell (Mintz)
Mintz is an accredited CLE provider. This program is accredited in the following states: California (4.0 general credits) and New York (5.0 credits in the Areas of Processional Practice). Through reciprocity, this program is also eligible for 5.0 credits in New Jersey and 4.0 credits in Connecticut. This program is eligible for 4.0 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. If you are seeking credits for a state not listed above, we will issue a certificate of attendance that you may use to apply for credit in your state of licensure.
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