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Navigating Novel Employment Issues: What You Need To Know In 2020


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 55 minutes
Recorded Date: September 16, 2020
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Agenda

  • Novel Issues We're Facing in 2020
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Federal Paid Leave
  • Working from Home
  • Return to Work Implications
  • Benefits Issues
Runtime: 55 minutes
Recorded: September 16, 2020

Description

We have witnessed an abundance of employment issues in 2020 from employee safety, sick leave policies, social distancing, healthcare issues and benefit plans; to further issues surrounding employment contracts, furloughing, recruitment, privacy, biometric data collection and the disclosure of employees infected by the virus! It has been a huge year for employment laws.

With the legal challenges seeming to grow by the week, we take a look at what you need to have on your radar; the protections you need in place today; best practices for responding to these employment issues and what we can learn for future scenarios.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's Annual General Counsel East Virtual Conference East on September 16th, 2020.

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Panelists

Michelle L. Dicuollo

Shareholder
Littler

MICHELLE L. DICUOLLO REPRESENTS AND ADVISES EMPLOYERS ON A WIDE VARIETY OF EMPLOYMENT MATTERS, INCLUDING CLAIMS BASED ON AGE, RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AND SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, RETALIATION, AND WAGE AND HOUR ISSUES.

SHE DEFENDS CLIENTS IN EMPLOYMENT-RELATED DISPUTES BEFORE FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS, THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, THE COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION, AND THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES.

MICHELLE’S RECENT TRIAL EXPERIENCE INCLUDES A FEDERAL COURT JURY TRIAL, A FEDERAL COURT BENCH TRIAL, AND A STATE COURT JURY TRIAL, ALL OF WHICH CONCLUDED FAVORABLY FOR LITTLER’S CLIENTS.

MICHELLE EMBRACES EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH HER CLIENTS TO ENSURE LEGAL ISSUES ARE RESOLVED PROMPTLY AND SUCCESSFULLY.

Kirsten Hotchkiss

VP, Global Employee Relations & Employment Counsel
American Express

Kirsten Hotchkiss is Vice President, Global Employee Relations and Employment Counsel for GBT US, LLC, dba American Express Global Business Travel, a business travel management company with over 12,000 employees. A practicing attorney for over 30 years, Ms. Hotchkiss has extensive experience in helping employers manage the complex array of employment laws, investigating and responding to employee concerns, and defending and resolving claims brought against them.

As in-house counsel, Ms. Hotchkiss has always focused her attention on finding new and creative ways to avoid litigation, manage employee concerns, and maintain harmony in the workplace. She has counseled and trained hundreds of supervisors on employment legal issues. In addition, she provides advice and guidance on the development of new policies and programs designed to improve the employee experience.

Throughout her career, she has been active in both bar association and civic activities within her community. Currently, she serves on the Board of Historic Mitchelville, the first town of formerly enslaved people in the United States.

Ms. Hotchkiss is a qualified mediator, the owner of an employment law training business, EmLaw Training, and the co-founder of the on-line website for legacy planning, My Life’s Message (www.mylifesmessage.com).

Ron Peppe

Vice President Legal & Human Resources, Secrety, Director
Canam Steel Corporation

Ron is the VP for Legal and Human Resources for Canam Steel Corporation, and oversees legal, human resources and risk management issues for the company. Canam is the US subsidiary of Canam Group Inc., a publicly traded manufacturing, construction and engineering company with international operations.

Ron previously served as VP Law and Technology for the Association of Corporate Counsel, and Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Prudential Home Mortgage. Ron is currently the co-chair of the ERISA subcommittee of the ACC Employment and Labor Law Committee.

He previously served as co-chair of the ACC Environment and Sustainability Committee. Review Ron has served as a member of the City Council and as Chairman of the School Board, of Falls Church, Virginia and was President of the Board of Education of Frederick County, Maryland.

Ron earned a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, an M.A from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a J.D. from The University of Maryland School of Law, where he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Maryland Law Review.

Oliver Herzfeld

SVP and Chief Legal Officer
The Beanstalk Group

Oliver Herzfeld oversees all aspects of the Legal department of Beanstalk, a leading brand licensing consultancy. Prior to joining Beanstalk, Oliver was chief legal officer of w-Technologies, a leading wireless software firm, and general counsel of The Capital Markets Company, a technology solutions firm focused on financial services. His responsibilities included commercial, intellectual property and employment law, as well as dispute resolution.

Previously, Oliver served as functional general counsel of intellectual property, technology, and licensing at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated. Oliver began his legal career as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell where he worked on a broad range of corporate and securities matters. Oliver earned a bachelor of arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University.

He earned a JD with honors from Columbia University School of Law. Oliver is deeply involved in several social service organizations in his community, is a mediator for the MediateArt program of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and performs pro bono legal work for not-for-profit organizations.


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