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35th Annual White Plains Workplace Law Conference

Past Event Detail

June 2, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST
Renaissance Westchester
80 West Red Oak Lane
West Harrison, NY 10604
Registration Fee: $225.00
Credits
CLE
5.5
HRCI
5.5
SHRM
5.5

General/Introductory Session
Workplace Law Under the Trump Administration. President Trump and his administration have already had a significant impact on workplace law.  From immigration to healthcare to labor and more, President Trump’s policies will make an indelible mark on the American workplace. This year’s main session will feature attorneys from multiple practice groups, each of whom will discuss significant changes we have seen or may see over the course of the next four years.  

Morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Preparing for New York’s Paid Family Leave Law. In 2016, New York State enacted one of the most comprehensive paid leave laws in the country. The law becomes effective January 1, 2018 and payroll deductions can start as soon as July 1, 2017. The law provides FMLA-type leave for parental bonding, family caregiving, and military exigencies, is available at six months of service for both full and part time employees, is paid and funded through payroll deductions, will be administered by insurance companies and TPAs, and is subject to arbitration. Combine all those ingredients together and it sounds like a recipe for massive change for New York employers!   

Free Speech in the Modern Workplace: Balancing Employees’ Constitutional Rights of Expression Against Legitimate Work Rules. In today’s political and social climate, employees are more outspoken than ever. This session will analyze a private-sector employer’s right to implement legitimate work rules that restrict employees’ right to free speech or expression, including what to do when an employee uses social media to post derogatory comments about colleagues and/or the employer.

Wage and Hour Update: How the NYS Department of Labor “Trumped” the Federal Courts. Although the USDOL’s revised rules regarding the white collar exemptions are dead (for now), the New York State Department of Labor has significantly increased the salary thresholds necessary to satisfy the executive and administrative exemptions. This session will provide New York employers with information necessary to avoid potentially catastrophic wage and hour exposure, as well as an update on other federal and state wage and hour developments.   

Immigration Under President Trump. This session will address the Trump administration’s immigration policies in great detail and outline the steps employers should take to remain in compliance with applicable law. 

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Protecting Business Assets and Confidential Information. In this session, the attorneys will discuss the legal and practical steps employers should take to identify and safeguard legally confidential and/or proprietary information from unauthorized use or disclosure by current and former employees. 

Preparing for New York’s Paid Family Leave Law. In 2016, New York State enacted one of the most comprehensive paid leave laws in the country. The law becomes effective January 1, 2018 and payroll deductions can start as soon as July 1, 2017. The law provides FMLA-type leave for parental bonding, family caregiving, and military exigencies, is available at six months of service for both full and part time employees, is paid and funded through payroll deductions, will be administered by insurance companies and TPAs, and is subject to arbitration. Combine all those ingredients together and it sounds like a recipe for massive change for New York employers!   

The “Dos and Don’ts” of Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations. In this session, the attorneys will outline the steps of an effective and legally defensible workplace investigation. Among the topics to be discussed include defining the investigation’s objectives, identifying witnesses, timeliness, confidentiality, and more.

Mediating Employment Disputes: An Alternative to Litigation. This program focuses on how employers can avoid costly litigation by seeking to resolve threatened claims by employees before they are asserted, as well as through the various forms of alternative dispute resolution available through the courts, administrative agencies, and private services. The attorneys will discuss what mediation is (and isn’t!), its pros and cons, and how to best prepare your case for mediation and beyond.  

Contact Us for More Information

Please contact Alex Patafio at Alex.Patafio@jacksonlewis.com or 404-586-1802.

Area of Focus

New York