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Join us for our Legal Summit with Littler Mendelson!

 Export to Your Calendar 2/14/2019
When: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: IDS Conference Center -50th floor conference space
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States


Online registration is available until: 2/11/2019
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February Legal Summit

This Littler Mendelson presentation discusses three primary topics: Sex, Drugs, & Doctor’s Notes:  Addressing Emerging Issues in Pay Equity, Drug Testing, and Handling Accommodations related to Prescription and Recreational Drug Use During the Hiring ProcessThe Gig Economy – Common Pitfalls in Managing Contract and Temporary Workers, and Hot Topics in Employment Law: An Update on Discrimination, Retaliation, & Whistleblowing Law in Minnesota.

 

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Agenda

7:45 – 8:30 am               Registration, Networking, & Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 am               Welcome

8:40 – 9:40 am               Session 1: Sex, Drugs, & Doctor’s Notes:  Addressing Emerging Issues in Pay Equity, Drug Testing, and Handling Accommodations related to

                                         Prescription and Recreational Drug Use During the Hiring Process

9:40 – 9:50 am               Break

9:50 – 10:50 am             Session 2: The Gig Economy – Common Pitfalls in Managing Contract and Temporary Workers

10:50 – 11:00 am           Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm    Session 3: Hot Topics in Employment Law: An Update on Discrimination, Retaliation, & Whistleblowing Law in Minnesota

12:00 pm                        Adjourn

 

     


Session 1: Sex, Drugs, & Doctor’s Notes:  Addressing Emerging Issues in Pay Equity, Drug Testing, and Handling Accommodations related to Prescription and Recreational Drug Use During the Hiring Process

Pay equity has become an emerging issue effecting almost all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring new employees in a tight labor market.  On a different front affecting employers in hiring, many states are legalizing medical marijuana. This raises questions for employers about how legal marijuana usage affects workplace drug testing and onboarding employees. This session will address how to handle potential pay equity issues created by a tight labor market, issues with drug testing, and how to appropriately handle applicants’ prescription and legal recreational use of drugs during the hiring process.

 

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • how to handle potential pay equity issues created by a tight labor market,
  • how legal marijuana usage affects workplace drug testing
  • how to appropriately handle applicants’ prescription and legal recreational use of drugs during the hiring process. 

Speakers



Shirley Lerner Office Managing Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C.
For over three decades, Shirley Lerner has represented employers in a wide variety of employment claims in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She has successfully defended her clients against claims of wrongful termination, unfair competition, discrimination, harassment, contractor misclassification and wage and hour violations. Shirley represents a diverse range of companies – from local sole proprietorships to large multi-national corporations. She has developed an in-depth knowledge of the legal and employment challenges facing manufacturing, financial services, professional services, staffing, non-profit and sales organizations.




Claire DeasonAssociate at Littler Mendelson, P.C
Claire B. Deason’s practice covers all areas of employment and labor litigation, with a specific emphasis on wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She develops creative, cutting-edge strategies for early resolution and dismissal of collective actions and has efficiently resolved collective actions for clients in the hospitality, service, and oil and gas industries. Claire has extensive experience with all stages of wage and hour litigation, including early and representative discovery, conditional certification, decertification, and individual and collective settlements. 




Emily McNeeAssociate at Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Emily A. McNee represents clients in a variety of labor and employment law matters.Prior to joining Littler, Emily was a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Louise Dovre Bjorkman at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
 
During law school, Emily worked for an employment litigation firm on discrimination and harassment matters, interned in the civil rights division of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, and was a judicial extern for the Hon. Ann D. Montgomery of the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. In addition, she was a managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review and a legal writing instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Session 2: The Gig Economy - Common Pitfalls in Managing Contract and Temporary Workers

With the emergence of the gig economy, companies have increasingly relied on independent contractors to solve their business needs. While companies and workers often embrace the flexibility and freedom associated with these business relationships, they also can raise a variety of complex legal issues.  In this session, we will discuss how to navigate the independent contractor business relationship, how to mitigate the risk of liability, and the latest legal trends and developments related to the gig economy.

 

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • how to navigate the independent contractor business relationship,
  • how to mitigate the risk of liability, and
  • the latest legal trends and developments related to the gig economy.

Speakers



Jacqueline E. KalkShareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Jacqueline E. Kalk represents and counsels management clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, crowd sourcing and virtual companies. Jacqueline’s practice encompasses a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus on independent contractor classification and wage and hour litigation and analysis. She litigates individual, class and collective claims of all types, appearing in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies on matters such as:

 

  • Independent contractor classification
  • Wage and hour
  • Equal pay
  • Equal employment matters




Lyndsey M. MarcelinoAssociate at Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Lyndsey M. Marcelino provides advice and counsel to clients on a variety of employment issues, under state and federal law, relating to sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, as well as trade secret and breach of contract.
 
When a suit is filed against a client, Lyndsey has experience handling all stages of pretrial litigation, including initial fact gathering, briefing dispositive motions, managing pretrial discovery, and preparing for depositions with the dual goals of seeking early and efficient resolution of disputes through mediation or negotiated settlement, and ensuring the case is prepared for success at trial. She has represented individual and corporate clients in numerous mediations and in confidential arbitration proceedings. 
 
Additionally, Lyndsey conducts training seminars on employment issues for companies and their managers. She also has counseled numerous clients developing and drafting employment agreements, policies, and handbooks that are both legally compliant and consistent with the client’s workplace culture.

 


 

     


Session 3: Hot Topics in Employment Law: An Update on Discrimination, Retaliation, & Whistleblowing Law in Minnesota 

Hot Topics in Employment Law will lay out emerging trends and developments in discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower laws that impact the day-to-day management of employees.  Participants will also receive practical tips and insights for compliance in today’s complex and changing legal world.

 

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • emerging trends and developments in discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower laws that impact the day-to-day management of employees
  • recent developments in Minnesota legislation that affect local employers in these areas of employment law
  • practical tips and insights for compliance in today’s complex and changing legal world

Speakers



Kate Mrkonich Wilson, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Kate Mrkonich Wilson has successfully litigated employment discrimination, contract, and tort cases before juries and judges in both federal and state courts across the country. She also has substantial experience with matters referred to alternative dispute resolution.  Practicing before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its state counterparts, Kate has specific experience providing litigation defense of claims arising under:
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act




George R. WoodShareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C
George R. Wood focuses on discrimination and other employment litigation and client counseling. Practicing regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, he frequently handles matters involving:
  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Unfair competition
  • Title VII

Additionally, George regularly counsels clients on such issues as:

  • Employment terminations
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Discrimination and harassment complaints and investigations
  • Leaves of absence
  • Wage and hour issues
  • All other facets of personnel management


 


Event Fees

Member $65
Student Member $35
Non-Member $90

Directions & Parking

Looking for the best route to the IDS Center? Head to the Directions Page on the IDS Center website for directions from any starting location. The nearest parking garage is at the IDS Center. See details about the IDS Parking Garage HERE.  Attendees are responsible for securing their own parking for this event.

 

We will be on the 50th Floor in the conference area of the IDS.  See you there!



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