Employment Class Actions: The 2020 Landscape Explored
Class actions alleging labor law violations continue to hound employers throughout the country. As the volume of these cases increases, new court rulings also continue to emerge and reshape the litigation landscape. Anticipated court rulings which employers should follow in 2020 include Retirement Plans Committee Of IBM v. Jander, et al., Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma, et al., and Thole, et al. v. U.S. Bank, N.A.
Aside from these cases, emerging legal changes in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are also expected to significantly impact employers as well as the ongoing class action trends.
In this LIVE Webcast, labor and employment law experts Elizabeth Newlon (NERA Economic Consulting) and Jennifer A. Riley (Seyfarth Shaw LLP) will provide an in-depth analysis of the recent trends in employment class actions along with the best compliance practices and effective litigation strategies considering the current risk issues.
- Litigation Trends from 2019 – 2020
- Key Supreme Court Decisions
- Hot Issues to Watch in 2020
- Certification of “Me Too” Cases
- Lack of Injury and Ascertainability as Defenses to Certification, and
- Personal Jurisdiction Over Claims of Unnamed Class Members
- Settlement Trends
- Guidance for Performing a Reduction in Force - How to Avoid Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact Claims
- Keeping Accurate Records of Employee Work Time During COVID-19 - Why is It Important?
- Independent Contractor Laws and Joint Employer Liabilities – Important Considerations for Firms Shifting to Flexible Workforce in Response to Disruptions Due to COVID-19
Jennifer A. Riley, Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Trends from 2019 - 2020, including numbers of filings, key rulings, and certification trends
- Key Supreme Court decisions
- Hot issues to watch in 2020
- certification of “me too” cases,
- lack of injury and ascertainability as defenses to certification, and
- personal jurisdiction over claims of unnamed class members
- Settlement trends, including lower settlement values from 2019 and what they mean
Michael Jacobsen, Associate
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Who Should Attend:
- Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Class Action Lawyers
- Human Resource Managers
- Human Resource Executives
- General Counsel
- Top Level Management
Jennifer A. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a leading national employment and labor law defense firm. Ms. Riley practices in the complex employment litigation area, with a primary emphasis on defending employers from class, collective, and representative lawsuits brought in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. She regularly represents employers facing employment discrimination class actions, wage & hour class and collective actions, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, and systemic investigations involving hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands of employees. Ms. Riley also counsels employers regarding a range of issues, including hiring practices, investigations, and wage & hour compliance. Ms. Riley obtained her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and obtained her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall).
Jennifer A. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a leading national employment and labor …
Michael represents companies facing wage-and-hour class, collective, and other representative actions, and discrimination pattern and practice lawsuits. Clients look to Michael for solutions regarding how to advance their positions to reach decisive, favorable resolutions early on in these matters, and in the ongoing development of successful, long-term strategies.
Prior to joining Seyfarth, Michael practiced business and tort litigation in the Chicago office of a Vault 50 firm. His litigation experience has trained him to navigate the constantly-evolving procedural and substantive challenges in the matters he handles.
Michael represents companies facing wage-and-hour class, collective, and other representative actions, and discrimination pattern and practice lawsuits. Clients look to …
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Method of Presentation:
General knowledge of employment litigation
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Areas of Professional Practice
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