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Changing Currents in Employment Law 2019: Recent Trends and Developments *In-Person at D.C. Bar*

October 29, 2019
Credits: 3:0 Credit Hours

Description: Join us for this fast-paced annual program on cutting-edge issues and the changing nature of employment law. Leading employment practitioners from both sides of the aisle will explain the law, and give practice pointers on how employment cases are litigated and issues are dealt with in federal and state courts.  This program is a must for employment law practitioners and those interested in the field.  This year’s panels include:
In the Weeds: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
Over the last several years more and more states brought marijuana to the voters.  As states continue to decriminalize or “legalize” marijuana at the state level, employees are left with a fuzzier picture.  Recent changes in federal law compound these issues.  Now that many cannabidiol products are exempted from Schedule I enforcement under the recent Farm Bill, there’s even a chance (albeit a small one) that employees could fail a cannabis test after ingesting too many CBD gummies.  How can employers and workers navigate such an environment?  Our insightful panel will explore the ever-changing landscape in marijuana laws.

Faculty: Bernadette Sargeant, Stinson LLP; Roshni Shikari, Correia & Puth PLLC.
Anti-SLAPP: The New Workplace Battle Armor

Congress and state legislatures continue to recognize the importance of Anti-SLAPP statutes and how SLAPP suits affect the litigation landscape.  While such lawsuits come in many different forms, they can be particularly relevant when arising after an employee leaves, or when arising out of a severance agreement.  Our experienced and knowledgeable panel will address the use of Anti-SLAPP statutes, especially in post-employment restrictive covenants, such as non-competes, non-solicitations, etc.
Faculty: James J. Murphy, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC.; Adam S. Nadelhaft, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown PC

Leave Laws in the Workplace: The Tricky Intersection of the ADA and FMLA

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act provide separate causes of action for employees that need varying types of leave.  More often, employees require leave to attend to their medical needs. This panel will explore how employers can navigate the requirements of the FMLA and ADA for employees needing a leave of absence.
Faculty: Cori Cohen, The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates; Consuela Pinto, FortneyScott LLC
Is Your Artificial Intelligence Breaking the Law?

At present, Silicon Valley is working tirelessly to create and implement artificial intelligence that will significantly impact our everyday lives.  But this AI extends beyond our personal lives; it is the next frontier in which employers, employees, legislators, and judges will have to navigate through the prism of our employment laws.  Join our panel for this thought-provoking discussion, which explores how AI is currently used in the workplace.  Our panel will also answer how AI will be used in the future, especially as it relates to hiring decisions.  Lastly, they will address questions about the risks of using artificial intelligence in hiring decisions and the best practices for dealing with those risks.

Faculty: Mikael Rojas, Outten & Golden LLP; Meredith Schramm-Strosser, Littler Mendelson PC

BYOD: Device Policies That Won’t Create a Later Hangover

As technology and the use of smartphones increases, more and more employees find themselves bring their own devices to the office.  Employees utilize their personal devices for varying purposes at the office, from simply connecting to the office wi-fi to conducting all business from their personal smartphone.  With this comes a whole host of problems.  How can employers craft policies that work?  What are the risks associated with working policies?  And why should employers implement such policies?  Our dynamic panel will explore answers to these questions and more.
Faculty: Anthony Bizien, Zipin, Amster & Greenberg LLC; Barbara L. Johnson, BLJohnsonLaw PLLC
Faculty Chair and Moderator: R. Scott Oswald,
The Employment Law Group PC
Fee: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government and Non-profit Attorneys; $129 Others
The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates!  For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488.

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Anthony Bizien, Zipin, Amster & Greenberg LLC

Cori Cohen, The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates

Adam Nadelhaft, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C.

James Murphy, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Mikael Rojas, Outten & Golden LLP

Barbara Johnson, BLJohnsonLaw PLLC

Bernadette Sargeant, Stinson, LLP

Consuela Pinto, FortneyScott LLC

Meredith Schramm-Strosser, Littler Mendelson, P.C

Roshni Shikari, Correia & Puth LLC

Scott Oswald, Moderator, The Employment Law Group

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