(Live/In-Person) Employment Law Institute

Friday, March 4, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Program Co-Chair:
Tanya N. Blocker
Assistant General Counsel & Director, Labor & Employment Group National Grid

Program Co-Chair:
Mark Goldberg
Loeb & Loeb LLP

  • This year’s Employment Law Institute will examine recent trends, developments, and cutting-edge issues in employment law. Topics to be discussed include pay equity, new developments regarding independent contractor classifications, wage and hour issues, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, as well as the ethics of internal investigations. Learn about laws taking effect in 2022 affecting the workplace that were enacted while we were quarantining, including notice of digital workplace monitoring, extended whistleblower protection, COVID-19 developments, and the addition of domestic workers as covered employees under NYC HR law. Panelists will discuss New York Department of Labor guidance on adult cannabis use and the workplace, as well as the 2021 amendments to the Fair Chance Act (FCA). Attendees will learn tips on how to draft employee handbooks (including required policies and training), offer letters, as well as employment and separation agreements. The Institute will also feature a plenary session on navigating the path of reasonable accommodations related to religion and disability, including leaves of absence and reassignments as accommodations. The panels will include esteemed in-house counsel, representatives from governmental agencies, and top practitioners from both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar.

    Program Fee:
    $399 For Members | $499 For Nonmembers
    In-House Counsel: $299 for Members | $399 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm Member: $249

  • Keji Ayorinde
    Associate General Counsel, Facebook

    Zachary Russell Bergman
    Stulberg & Walsh LLP

    Jonathan Blumstein
    Charles River Associates

    Andrew Botwin
    Strategy People Culture Consulting

    Jenifer M. Bologna
    Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Kimberly E. Carson
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

    Celine J. Chan
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Randi M. Cohen
    The Law Office of Randi M. Cohen

    Gianfranco Cuadra
    Pechman Law Group PLLC

    Kimberly N. Dobson
    Littler Mendelson P.C.

    Eric Eingold
    Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services

    Alek Felstiner
    Levy Ratner, P.C.

    Richard B. Friedman
    Richard Friedman PLLC

    Amanda M. Fugazy
    Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

    Sandra D. Grannum
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    Robin Gise
    JAMS – The Resolution Expert

    Chaya M. Gourarie
    Amabile & Erman, P.C.

    Brian Heller
    Schwartz Perry & Heller, LLP

    Robert N. Holtzman
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Paul F. Keefe
    Supervising Attorney, NYC Commission on Human Rights

    Jody Klipple
    Director of Research & Policy and Collective Bargaining Departments, Service Employees International Union Local 721

    Patrick J. Lamparello
    Proskauer Rose LLP

    Joan C. Lenihan
    Attorney at Law

    Jason B, Levin
    Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Teresa Lewi
    Covington & Burling, LLP

    Brittani McDonald

    Anthony A. Mingione
    Blank Rome LLP

    Bisha Nurse
    Senior Employment Counsel, MongoDB

    Natalie A. Phillips
    Senior Counsel, Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.

    Hillary J. Raimondi
    Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP

    Melissa Rodriguez
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Darren P.B. Rumack
    The Klein Law Group P.C.

    Ivie A. Serioux
    Littler Mendelson

    Tricia Bozyk Sherno
    Debvoise & Plimpton

    Evan J. Spelfogel
    Phillips Nizer

    Wendy Stryker
    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

    Susan Venditto Wallace
    U.S. Army JAG Corps (retired)

    Kaylin L. Whittingham
    Whittingham Law

  • 9:00 am – 9:15 am
    Welcome, Introduction & Program Overview
    Tanya N. Blocker, Mark J. Goldberg & Tracey Salmon-Smith


    9:15 am – 10:05 am
    Track 1A: COVID Current Events
    Panel Leader: Brittani McDonald
    Panelists: Jenifer M. Bologna & Alek Felstiner  

    Track 1B: Recent Developments in the New York Law on Non-Competes
    Panel Leader: Richard B. Friedman
    Panelists: Kimberly E. Carson, Celine J. Chan, Robert N. Holtzman, Jason B Levin & Teresa Lewi


    10:05  am – 10:10 am


    10:10 am – 11:00 am
    Track 2A: Know Your Forum for Discrimination Cases
    Panel Leader: Brian Heller
    Panelists: Zachary Russell Bergman, Robin Gise & Melissa Rodriguez

    Track 2B:
    Employee Handbooks
    Panel Leader: Mark Goldberg
    Panelists: Jody Klipple & Wendy Stryker


    11:00 am – 11:10 am


    11:10 am – 12:25 pm
    Track 3A: Pay Equity Pitfalls
    Panel Leader: Keji Ayorinde
    Panelists:  Jonathan Blumenstein, Patrick J. Lamparello & Natalie Phillips

    Track 3B: Drafting Offer Letters, Employment and Separation Agreements
    Panelists: Randi Cohen, Joan C. Lenihan, Anthony A. Mingione & Darren P.B. Rumack


    12:25 pm – 1:25 pm


    1:25 – 2:40 pm
    Plenary: Navigating the Path of Reasonable Accommodations
    Panel Leader: Tanya N. Blocker
    Panelists: Robin Gise, Ivie A. Serioux, Evan J. Spelfogel & Damion K.L. Stodola


    2:40 pm – 2:50 pm


    2:50 pm – 4:05 pm
    Track 4A: While We Were Quarantining
    Panel Leader: Bisha Nurse
    Panelist: Kimberly N. Dobson & Eric Eingold

    Track 4B: Wage and Hour
    Panel Leader: Gianfranco Cuadra
    Panelists: Amanda M. Fugazy, Chaya M. Gourarie & Hillary J. Raimondi


    4:05 pm – 4:10 pm


    4:10 – 5:00 pm
    Ethics Plenary
    Panel Leader: Kaylin Whittingham
    Panelists: Andrew Botwin, Sandra D. Grannum & Susan Venditto Wallace


  • New York: 7.5 TBD
    New Jersey: 7.5 TBD
    California: 7.5 TBD
    Pennsylvania: 6.0 Total, 5.5 General & .5 Professional Responsibility

  • Thank You To Our Sponsors.

    Platinum Sponsors:

    Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Labor & Employment, Tracey Salmon-Smith, Chair

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