(Webcast) 7th Annual Employment Law Institute

Thursday & Friday, March 4-5, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Program Co-Chairs:

Tanya N. Blocker
Assistant General Counsel & Director
Labor & Employment Group
National Grid

Tracey Salmon-Smith
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

  • This year’s Employment Law Institute will examine recent trends, developments, and cutting-edge issues in employment law. Topics to be discussed include implications of reasonable and religious accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic, newly enacted/amended New York State and New York City Law, NLRB/Section 7 rights, and the bounds of “appropriate” workplace behavior, including political speech and #BLM. You will learn tips on how to navigate remote proceedings, including depositions, mediations, and trials, as part of this “new normal.” The Institute will also feature plenary sessions on diversity in employment programs, legal issues with Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs, ethical obligations of remote work, and the security of confidential information. The panels will include esteemed in-house counsel, representatives from governmental agencies, and top practitioners from both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar.

    You won’t want to miss this one-stop shop for employment lawyers!

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

  • Zachary R. Bergman
    Stulberg & Walsh, LLP

    Paulette Brown
    Senior Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
    Past President, American Bar Association
    Locke Lord LLP

    Jeanine Conley Daves
    Littler Mendelson P.C.

    Michele A. Coyne
    Kauff McGuire & Margolis LLP

    Michael J. Del Piano
    New York State United Teachers

    Christine T. Dinan
    Sr. Staff Attorney
    A Better Balance

    Paula T. Edgar
    PGE Consulting Group LLC

    Robin H. Gise

    Megan S. Goddard
    Goddard Law PLLC

    Sandra D. Grannum
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    Katherine A. Greenberg
    Assistant Commissioner
    New York City Commission on Human Rights

    Mark J. Goldberg
    Loeb & Loeb

    Brian Heller
    Schwartz Perry & Heller

    Kathy Drew King
    Regional Director, Region 29
    National Labor Relations Board

    Pery D. Krinsky
    Krinsky PLLC

    Joan C. Lenihan
    Attorney at Law

    Valdi Licul
    Widgor LLP

    Brittani R. McDonald
    Director & Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment
    Diageo North America

    Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Wiley Rein LLP

    Caroline A. Morgan
    Culhane Meadows PLLC

    Bisha Nurse
    Assistant General Counsel
    New York Life Insurance

    Martin L. Schmelkin
    Jones Day

    Evan J. Spelfogel
    Phillips Nizer LLP

    Wendy Stryker
    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    COVID-19 & Workplace Accommodation Considerations
    Panel Leader & Moderator: Katherine Greenberg
    Panelists: Tanya N. Blocker, Jeanine Conley Daves, Christine Dinan
    & Brian Heller

    10:15 am – 10:30 am

    10:30 am – 11:45 am
    Newly Enacted/ Amended New York State & New York City Leave Laws & Other Trending Topics
    Panel Leader & Moderator: Zachary Bergman
    Panelists: Megan Goddard, Bisha Nurse & Evan Spelfogel

    11:45 am – 12:00 pm

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Diversity in Employment Programs: Practical & Legal Issues with DEI Programs
    Panel Leader & Moderator: Paula T. Edgar
    Paulette Brown, Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah & Martin L. Schmelkin

  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    Protected Workplace Statements – Navigating NLRA Section 7, the 1st Amendment, and Discrimination and Off-Duty Conduct Laws
    Panel Leader & Moderator: Mark Goldberg
    Panelists: Michael del Piano, Kathy Drew King, Brittani McDonald & Wendy Stryker

    10:15 am – 10:30 am

    10:30 am – 11:45 am
    Skills For Navigating the Virtual Landscape of Our New Normal
    Panel Leader & Moderator: Tracey Salmon-Smith
    Michele A. Coyne, Robin H. Gise, Keisha-Ann Gray & Valdi Licul

    11:45 am – 12:00 pm

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Zoom Carefully: Ethical Obligation & Privacy Consideration of Remote Work
    Panel Leader & Moderator: Joan C. Lenihan
    Sandra D. Grannum, Pery D. Krinsky & Caroline A. Morgan

  • New York & California
    March 4 & 5 (Both Days): 8.0 Total: 4.5 Professional Practice, 1.5 Skills, 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, 1.0 Ethics
    March 4 (Day 1 only): 4.0 Total: 3.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    March 5 (Day 2 only): 4.0 Total: 1.5 Professional Practice, 1.5 Skills, 1.0 Ethics

    New Jersey
    March 4 & 5 (Both Days): 8.4 Total: 6.0 General, 1.2 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, 1.2 Ethics
    March 4 (Day 1 only): 4.2 Total: 3.0 General, 1.2 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    March 5 (Day 2 only): 4.2 Total: 3.0 General, 1.2 Ethics

    March 4 & 5 (Both Days): 7.0 Total: 6.0 General, 1.0 Professional Responsibility
    March 4 (Day 1 only): 3.5 General
    March 5 (Day 2 only): 3.5 Total: 2.5 General, 1.0 Professional Responsibility

    Newly admitted New York attorneys (attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) cannot earn CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.

  • This program has been generously sponsored by:

    Platinum Level Sponsor:

    Gold Level Sponsor:

    Silver Level Sponsor:

    Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Labor & Employment, Katherine A. Greenberg, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org