The Dynamic Era of Labor and Employment Law: What’s In and Out of 2016
The labor and employment law landscape remains in the state of affairs in recent years. Staying on top of an ever-changing legal environment in 2016 is crucial for both employers and employees and human resource professionals at all levels. This year, labor and employment law shapes up to be a dynamic one, especially from changes to minimum wage and overtime exemptions to large-scale Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigations. 2016 looks poised to bring a new set of challenges to employers with the possible enactment of various changes to the labor and employment law regime. Employers also need to focus on the new discrimination laws and carefully review new potential liabilities and risks.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of Labor and Employment professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide sound guidance and best practices involving various labor and employment issues. The panel will also offer the audience the immediate and important steps in correcting any legal problems they have and will help them understand the roadmap in navigating the dynamic era of labor and employment through 2016.
Key topics include:
- Labor and Employment Law: Recent Updates
- FSLA Wage and Hour Laws: Updates
- Employee and Overtime Exemptions
- Wage and Overtime Calculations
- Update on DOL Enforcement Actions
- Significant Litigation Issues
- Compliance and Litigation Risk
- Up-to-the-Minute Regulatory Updates
- Best Practices
Mary Ruth Houston, Partner
Shutts & Bowen LLP
- The latest developments in equal opportunity employment law, including the EEOC’s new guidance on retaliation
- Recent cases concerning sex stereotyping and gender identity issues
- Class actions
Wade D. Albert, Esq., Attorney
Sobol & Sobol, P.C.
- Overview of paid sick leave laws, with a focus on the new federal rule relating to federal contractors.
- Overview of DOL interpretive guidance on joint employment
- An update on Uber misclassification litigation.
- An update on other recent misclassification litigation.
Bonnie R. Burke, Attorney
Lawrence & Bundy LLC
- Changes to the overtime rule under the FLSA are IN. A brief discussion of the changes affecting private businesses as well as non-profits and the education sector.
- Employers’ should look at policies and training to make sure adjustments to their employees’ schedules, duties, and pay are implemented seamlessly.
- Objections to the changes in the overtime rule are IN. A brief discussion of the nature of the objections.
- Despite the lawsuits and House votes to delay the implementation of these changes to the FLSA, employers should still prepare.
Who Should Attend:
- Employment and Labor Lawyers
- Labor Counsel
- Human Resources Personnel
- Employment Law Advisors
- Employee Relations Professionals
- In-House Counsel
- Wage & Hour Litigation Practicing Attorneys
- Wage & Hour Consultants
- Senior Management
Mary Ruth Houston is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she focuses on business and employment-related disputes and is Co-Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group.
Mary Ruth's problem-solving approach helps clients stay focused on their core business. With 30 years of experience in handling complex disputes, Mary Ruth uses her understanding of business issues outside of the courtroom to counsel companies on how to avoid litigation, minimize its effects or, when litigation is required, handle it efficiently and effectively. Mary Ruth counsels companies throughout Central Florida and beyond on legal challenges that may permanently affect their businesses. Corporations of all sizes turn to Mary Ruth for her experience in pretrial, trial (jury and non-jury), arbitrations, and appellate work.
Mary Ruth defends employers and management in a broad range of labor and employment issues. These involve employee discharge and discrimination cases, including age, sex, race, national origin, religion and disability claims, as well as cases involving restrictive covenants and wage-hour matters. She also has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting complex employment and severance agreements. Mary Ruth also teaches labor and employment law in the Master of Human Resources Program at Rollins College. She also speaks frequently at seminars on employment related matters and conducts training on employment issues for businesses.
Mary Ruth's litigation practice also encompasses a wide variety of commercial, contract, intellectual property, consumer finance, creditors' rights and business tort disputes. Prior to joining Shutts, Mary Ruth was a litigation associate at a national law firm in New York City, where she worked on a wide variety of litigation matters. She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Mary Ruth is also an avid mountain climber and hiker, and has summited two of the Seven Summits, as well as Cotopaxi, Ecuador, the highest active volcano in the world.
Mary Ruth Houston is a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she focuses on business …
Mr. Albert is an attorney with Sobol & Sobol, P.C., a boutique management-side labor and employment firm that is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Albert represents and counsels employers in connection with all aspects of employment law, including matters relating to employment discrimination (such as disability, gender, sex, sexual orientation, race and national origin claims), federal and state wage and hour law, whistleblower claims, and restrictive covenants (such as non-compete and non-disclosure agreements). In addition, he has extensive experience drafting and negotiating employment agreements and severance agreements. Mr. Albert regularly practices in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as in administrative agencies such as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the NJ Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR), the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR).
In his spare time, Mr. Albert is active in a number of community groups. Among other things, he serves on the board of his local civic association, the Center City Residents’ Association, as well as the board of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club.
Before coming to Sobol & Sobol, Mr. Albert practiced law at a boutique plaintiff-side litigation firm in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he clerked for the Honorable Nitza I. Quinones-Alejandro. He is a graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Mr. Albert is an attorney with Sobol & Sobol, P.C., a boutique management-side labor and employment firm that is located …
As an attorney at Lawrence & Bundy, LLC, Bonnie Burke focuses on labor and employment matters. Bonnie defends employers in both single plaintiff and collective actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As part of her wage-and-hour practice, Bonnie analyzes complex claims, identifies appropriate and cost-effective defense strategies, interviews witnesses, manages extensive document reviews and has administered multimillion dollar settlements.
Bonnie also provides preventative counseling, working with employers to minimize their exposure to investigation and litigation under the FLSA. She counsels employers on a wide variety of other labor and employment matters, including personnel policies and procedures and employment contracts.
As an attorney at Lawrence & Bundy, LLC, Bonnie Burke focuses on labor and employment matters. Bonnie defends employers in …
Print and review course materials
Method of Presentation:
NASBA Field of Study:
NY Category of CLE Credit:
Law Practice Management
Unlock All The Knowledge and Credit You Need
Leading Provider of Online Continuing Education
It's As Easy as 1, 2, 3
Get Your 1-Year All Access Pass For Only $199
About Shutts & Bowen LLP
Shutts & Bowen LLP is a full-service law firm with a deep connection to Florida’s history and a commitment to excellent service for our clients and community. Founded in 1910, Shutts has been opening doors to our business clients across the state for over a century.
Our firm employs approximately 270 attorneys across more than 30 practice areas and 7 offices and provides our business and individual clients high-quality and responsive legal services. We value the relationships we have established over the years with startups and mid-market businesses, Fortune 100 companies and international corporations, banking and investment firms, governmental agencies and municipalities as well as prominent individuals and families seeking to preserve their assets.
Our founders are directly linked to the creation of the Flagler railroad and Florida’s largest newspaper dating back more than 100 years. We honor these relationships by dedicating our time and expertise to issues that are important to our clients and communities. We propose new legislation, contribute thought leadership in industry publications and conferences, and support business and charitable organizations alongside our clients. We believe this dedication helps us build important connections that enhance our service to clients.
Because of our stake in the past, we are poised to become the law firm of the future.
About Sobol & Sobol, P.C.
With over 40 years of experience, Sobol & Sobol has built a solid reputation based upon aggressive representation. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. We represent management in all aspects of union relations, including aggressively countering union organizing campaigns in pro-employer campaigns, winning National Labor Relations Act elections, negotiating union contracts and collective bargaining agreements, and protecting clients during strikes and picketing. We routinely defend clients against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board and state agencies, and arbitrate grievances under existing collective bargaining agreements. We are experienced in counseling employers during major corporate changes, such as mergers, acquisitions, shutdowns or relocations, in an effort to limit withdrawal liability from multi-employer pension funds, and in dealing with successorship obligations. We also represent clients in various other employment law matters.
About Lawrence & Bundy LLC
Founded by Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Thomas Bundy, the litigation firm Lawrence & Bundy delivers the results clients demand. With innovative problem solving and creative fee arrangements, the firm provides agile, effective, efficient solutions for clients nationwide. Lawrence & Bundy represents an array of sophisticated business entities and people in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, DC.