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Changing Currents in Employment Law 2020 *Class by Webinar*

October 27, 2020
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description: Join us for this fast-paced, popular 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:
Panel 1 – Safe for Work? The New Landscape in LGBTQ Law
Description: Last term, the United States Supreme Court announced a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. Additionally, we have seen several states, including Virginia, enact new statutes codifying even more expansive protections. This panel will provide an overview of recent changes in this body of law and explore the implications those changes bring.
Faculty: Cathy A. Harris, Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris PLLC (Employee); Joon Hwang, Littler Mendelson PC (Defense)
Panel 2 – The Camel’s Back: Simplifying the but-for Causation Standard
Description: Over the years, Courts have developed and promulgated often confusing or even contradictory language surrounding the but-for causation.  Numerous employment statutes adhere to such a standard.  This panel will explore and articulate how the Supreme Court and other Circuits have developed the but-for causation standard.
Faculty: Ellen K. Renaud, Swick & Shapiro PC (Employee); Linda M. Jackson, Arent Fox LLP (Defense)
Panel 3 – Highly Confidential: Maintaining State Secrets While Protecting the Whistleblower
Description: Over the last few years, conversations about “the whistleblower” dominated the media and resulted in impeachment hearings.  This panel will explore the rights and avenues available to whistleblowers working for Agencies tasked with protecting our national security.  Specifically, the panelists will address how considerations made by both the whistleblower and the government when dealing with sensitive and classified information.
Faculty: Debra D’Agostino, Federal Practice Group (Employee)
               Ryan Bull, Defense Intelligence Agency (Defense)
Panel 4 – Political Speech in Polarizing Times
Description: With the 2020 Presidential Election months away, political speech inundates our daily lives, occasionally spilling into the workplace at a time when tensions are high.  This panel will explore what speech is protected and not protected within the workplace.  The panelists will also provide an overview of statutes and regulations that regulate such political activity.
Faculty: Jennifer A. Harper, Squire Patton Boggs LLP (Defense); Joyce Smithey, Smithey Law Group LLC (Employee)
Panel 5 – Pandemic in the Workplace: Preparing for the Next COVID-19
Description: This year, we saw a global pandemic affect almost every facet of life, particularly the workplace.  This panel will explore how employers and employees can be prepared for another unexpected pandemic in the future.

Faculty: Kara M. Ariail, Holland & Knight LLP (Defense); Lauren A. Khouri, Correia & Puth PLLC (Employee)

Faculty Chair & Moderator: R. Scott Oswald, The Employment Law Group PC
Fees: $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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R. Scott Oswald, The Employment Law Group, PC

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