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 Export to Your Calendar 2/13/2020
When: Thursday, February 13th, 2020
7:45 am - 12:00 pm
Where: IDS Conference Center - 3rd Floor
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States

Online registration is available until: 2/9/2020
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February Legal Summit

Conducting Investigations and #MeToo UpdateHandbook Update/Best PracticesManaging Employment Minefields




7:45 – 8:15 am               Registration, Networking, & Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 am               Welcome

8:30 – 9:30 am               Session 1: #WhatNow. . .Examining How the #MeToo Movement Has Changed the Way We Work.

9:30 – 9:45 am               Break

9:45 – 10:45 am             Session 2: Minnesota Handbook and Policy Update 

10:45 – 11:00 am           Break

11:00 – 12:00 pm           Session 3: Managing Minefields – Navigating Employment Laws and Management Challenges

12:00 pm                        Adjourn     

Session 1: #WhatNow. . .Examining How the #MeToo Movement Has Changed the Way We Work

The #MeToo movement has changed the way we work and the expectations placed upon employers.  This session will highlight the major impacts of the #MeToo movement, including how it has changed the workplace, new requirements for employers, how to conduct meaningful training, how to investigate and knowledgeably resolve claims once they arise, and its unintended consequences.  


In this session, attendees will learn about:

·       The unintended consequences of the #MeToo movement, including how to appropriately respond to backlash from employees;

·       The legislative reaction to the #MeToo movement and how new legislation has impacted the employer/employee relationship from start to end; and

·       Responding and addressing complaints in the #MeToo era. 


Holly Robbins, Littler Mendelson

Holly Robbins represents employers in all stages of litigation, from administrative proceedings, to discovery and motion practice, to jury and court trials and administrative evidentiary hearings, to appeals, in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has defended employers against lawsuits involving:

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and religion

  • Harassment

  • Whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Federal Rail Safety Act

  • Contractual allegations

  • Torts

  • Non-compete agreements

  • Wage and hour issues

Holly has experience litigating against and negotiating with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has tried several cases before the Office of Administrative Law Judges at the Department of Labor.  She has litigated before state and federal courts in multiple states. She works with a range of clients that span the following industries:

  • Hospitality

  • Retail

  • Transportation

  • Health care

  • Manufacturing

  • Finance

  • Technology

Holly works with employers to devise successful strategies for reductions-in-force, disciplinary actions and terminations, policies and procedures, accommodations, leaves, investigations, employee and management training, and other workplace actions. She has also worked with pro bono clients on employment law issues.

Prior to joining Littler, Holly was a partner in the employment group at a large general practice firm. In law school, she was book reviews and articles editor of the George Washington Law Review.




Jessica BradleyLittler Mendelson

Jessica J. Bradley practices in all areas of employment law. She has experience advising and representing clients in a broad range of issues, from the initial hiring and onboarding process, investigating employee complaints, through termination of employment. Jessica has experience handling and resolving a broad range of matters in state and federal courts, arbitration, and before state and federal agencies. She has specific experience litigating 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

  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act

  • The Federal Railroad Safety Act

  • State anti-discrimination, leave, and whistleblower statutes

  • Various state law contract and tort theories

Before joining Littler, Jessica worked in the corporate legal department of a large private corporation with retail stores throughout the Midwest, where she managed litigation of general liability, intellectual property and employment law claims. She also assisted with employee benefit plan compliance.




Session 2: Minnesota Handbook and Policy Update

How do you negotiate around minefields with your personnel management? Our session will feature video vignettes which serve as a springboard for discussions of best practices and key learning points for Legal and HR practitioners. We will provide practical advice to take back to your management team to assist them in avoiding landmines. When management partners with HR and Legal your organization can build practical, sustainable solutions, improve productivity and reduce risks – watch and listen for training tips to create that partnership.


In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • Key employee relations challenges facing managers and human resources professionals
  • Emerging trends and developments in discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower laws that impact the day-to-day management of employees
  • Practical tips and insights for compliance in today’s complex and changing legal world in order to improve productivity and morale and diffuse legal risk


Kate Mrkonich WilsonLittler Mendelson

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

She also routinely counsels clients on:

  • Reorganizations

  • Leaves of absence

  • Reductions-in-force

  • Best practices

  • Investigations

  • Compliance

  • All other aspects of personnel management

Additionally, Kate contributes to employment law publications and frequently conducts training programs and seminars for all levels of management in various industries. Topics have encompassed:

  • Harassment in the workplace

  • Properly conducting workplace harassment investigations

  • Minimizing legal risks in the workplace

  • Conducting "foolproof" employee investigations

  • Managing problem employees

  • The proper handling of reductions-in-force

Kate's representative clients include:

  • Retailers

  • Newspaper and broadcasting groups

  • Railroads and transportation companies

  • Technology companies

  • Food manufacturers

  • Medical device companies

  • Insurers

  • Healthcare companies

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers

Kate also is a member of the Women's Leadership Initiative Steering Committee. She was one of the founding shareholders of Littler's Chicago and Minneapolis offices and formerly served as the office managing shareholder in Minneapolis.



Emily McNeeLittler Mendelson
Emily A. McNee is a strategic advisor and litigator who routinely works with employers on a broad range of employment law issues arising under federal, state, and local law. She has specific experience with matters involving:
  • Medical leaves and disability accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and similar state leave laws

  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation

  • Claims of defamation and tortious interference

  • Employment policies and handbooks

Emily has experience handling all stages of pretrial litigation, including discovery management, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, and mediation and settlement negotiations.

Emily has also conducted training programs and seminars on topics such as preventing harassment in the workplace, and compliance with the ADA and the FMLA. Prior to joining Littler, Emily was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Louise Dovre Bjorkman at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.









Session 3: Managing Minefields – Navigating Employment Laws and Management Challenges

Changes in law and policy almost always require updates and revisions to policies contained in employer handbooks.  For example, Minnesota and Minneapolis’ new Wage Theft laws have brought some best practices to light, including where handbooks and their policies can be utilized to help employers stay in compliance.  During this session, we will discuss best practices to allow you to keep your handbooks current and focus on recent developments in Minnesota and federal law, focusing on areas such as wage theft and transparency, drug testing and social media.

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • Recent legislation, including Minnesota new Wage Theft Law and local sick leave laws may impact the way employers approach policies and handbooks;
  • Recent decisions from the NLRB regarding how employers can regulate employees in the workplace; and
  • How employers can address drug testing in an era of legalization. 


Stephanie SarantopolousLittler Mendelson
Stephanie D. Sarantopoulos represents and counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing and non-competition matters.

Stephanie has jury trial experience and appears in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She handles claims arising under:

  • Title VII

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act

Working predominately with retail clients, Stephanie also regularly advises employers on day-to-day concerns.

Stephanie has given several presentations on overtime laws and employee discipline and documentation and has lectured on various employment and other litigation matters.

Stephanie is a member of Littler Mendelson's Retail Practice Group and also serves on the firm's Associates Committee. She is the firm’s representative for the Twin Cities Diversity Practice group and serves as its lead mentor.

Previously, Stephanie worked at a small boutique law firm where she focused on employment matters. In law school, she was director of the Esdaile Moot Court program, vice president of the Health Law Association, and a counselor for the Boston District Court's Battered Women's Advocacy Project.


Jeff DilgerLittler Mendelson

Jeffrey E. Dilger represents and counsels clients in a broad range of traditional labor matters, including:

  • Unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board

  • Labor arbitration

  • Labor negotiations

  • National Labor Relations Board election petitions and campaigns

In addition to a robust labor law practice, Jeff routinely counsels clients in the ever-evolving field of federal and state drug and alcohol testing laws. Jeff’s practice includes assisting clients with all aspects of drug and alcohol testing programs, including creation, implementation and enforcement.





Event Fees

Member $70
Student Member $35
Non-Member $100

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.


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