Please join us for our annual fall seminar on October 25, 2018 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. This promises to be an interesting and informative program regarding recent developments in labor and employment law. Our half-day seminar will include discussions of the timely topics listed here as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting employers.

When: October 25, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Where: Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT



Back by Popular Demand!  Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law
Presenters: Gabriel J. Jiran and Jarad M. Lucan

As we head into the final months of 2018, employers are reflecting on a busy year in employment law for human resource staff and in-house legal counsel. From the #MeToo movement and zero tolerance approach to equal pay, employers have had to remain diligently aware of potential legal risks in the workplace.  Our Hot Topics session will review the year’s most pressing employment issues, including #MeToo sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) updates, Connecticut and federal pay equity, and employee recordings in the workplace. Presenters will also consider employment law trends on the horizon for 2019.

To Pay or Not to Pay: Law and Policy on Paid and Unpaid Leave
Presenters: Peter J. Murphy and Christopher E. Engler

Navigating conflicting leave laws can be a confusing and complicated endeavor for employers. This session will provide an in-depth look at paid sick leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and reduced schedules, while providing employers with the tools necessary to handle employee requests.  This session will take a closer look at the themes discussed in our June webinar on the topic.

If You Collect It, You Must Protect It: Dealing with Employee Data Privacy Issues
Presenters: Daniel A. Schwartz and Ashley L. Marshall

Cyberattacks are on the rise and employers must take the necessary steps to protect employee data.  This session will address data protection worries of human resources and review state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to workplace privacy, including the Personnel Files Act, GDPR, California statutes, and HIPAA complaint releases.

Workplace in Crisis: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic and Substance Abuse by Employees
Presenters: Zachary A. Hummel and Keegan Drenosky

The opioid epidemic has gripped the nation as one of the worst in recent history, so what are the consequences for employers? This session will review the nuances of substance addiction and the legal challenges for employers relating to employees’ use of prescription drugs both within and outside the workplace. Presenters will discuss what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), potential conflicts between federal and state laws, and review recent court cases. This session will be take a closer look at the themes discussed in our April webinar on the topic.

We hope you can join us for this important discussion for private and public employers.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

Download: Agenda

Continuing Legal Education (CLE):

This CLE program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York CLE Board for a maximum of 3.5 credit hours in Professional Practice and is appropriate for both transitional and nontransitional attorneys.

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HRCI and SHRM Certification:

This activity is pending recertification credit from the HR Certification Institute.





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