Quicksand for Employers: A Seminar on Employment Law Developments in the Obama Administration

Please join us for this informative seminar. Details below.

 

Quicksand for Employers: 
Labor, Employment and Immigration Law Developments in the First Year of the Obama Administration
 
WHEN
Friday, December 4, 2009
Registration: 8:00 AM
Program
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
WHERE
Miami City Club
Wachovia Financial Center 
200 South Biscayne Blvd., 55th Floor
Miami, Florida  
 
 
 
Presented by:
Hector A. Chichoni, Esq., EpsteinBeckerGreen
Kevin E. Vance, Esq., EpsteinBeckerGreen
Mark J. Beutler, Esq., EpsteinBeckerGreen


Join us for a panel discussion by immigration attorney Hector A. Chichoni and labor and employment attorneys Kevin E. Vance and Mark J. Beutler, all of EpsteinBeckerGreen's Miami office.  These panelists will discuss developments in immigration law and labor and employment law during the first year of the Obama Administration.

Part I: Immigration law
 
A new administration and downturn in the economy have contributed to an ever-    changing and challenging year in immigration.

  Mr. Chichoni will discuss the following immigration topics:

  • The Obama Administration's immigration initiatives and programs
  • The latest on the Department of Labor's strategy in PERM cases in this economy
  • The trends in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudication
  • An H-1B cap analysis and Strategies for Fiscal Year 2011
  • Recent federal court cases and administrative decisions
  • Responses to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services audits and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations
  • The impact of continued state legislation
  • Prospects for immigration legislation in the coming year
  • Global immigration trends

Part II: Labor and Employment Law

Since the Obama Administration came into power, we have seen Congress introduce several employment bills that, if passed, would have a significant effect on business nationwide.  Also, the Department of Labor and the EEOC have already become more active under the Obama Administration.
 
Additionally, unions heavily supported Barack Obama in his presidential bid, and much of their support hinged on his backing of union-friendly initiatives, most especially the controversial Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).  A political tug-of-war has left the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - the agency that referees labor disputes - deadlocked and unable to resolve some of the thorniest clashes between unions and management.  Since January 2008, the NLRB has had three vacancies and just two members - one from each party.  As a consequence, the Board has spent nearly two years putting off dozens of cases.  President Obama recently appointed three new members who, when confirmed, are expected to forge a new labor policy more hostile to the interests of employers. 

Messrs. Vance and Beutler will discuss the following labor and employment law topics:

  • The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which has already been passed and which will breathe new life into previously time-barred employment discrimination claims
  • The Employment nondiscrimination Act, which seeks to include sexual orientation in the federal anti-discrimination law
  • The Balancing Act of 2009 and similar bills that would mandate various forms of paid leave
  • Increased activity and shifting priorities within the Department of Labor in several areas including workplace ergonomics and other employee health and safety initiatives, wage and hour enforcement, and whistleblower protections
  • New appointments to the NLRB and their potential impact on the NLRB's agenda
  • The potential reversal of employer-friendly NLRB decisions
  • The EFCA, including the current political stand-off and the likelihood of a compromise; card check, fast-track union campaigns; mandatory arbitration of employer-union impasse on first contracts; and more stringent penalty provisions
  • Recent pro-union executive orders affecting federal contractors

There will be a short question and answer session following the discussion. 


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If you have any questions, please contact Anneliese Garcia at 
305-579-3200 or email
agarcia@ebglaw.com
 

About EBG: Founded in 1973, EpsteinBeckerGreen is a law firm with approximately 350 lawyers practicing in offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford and Washington D.C. The Firm’s size, diversity, and as a founding member of the International Lawyers Network (ILN), allow its attorneys to address the needs of both small entrepreneurial ventures and large multinational corporations on a worldwide basis. EpsteinBeckerGreen continues to build and expand its capabilities as a law firm focused on five core practices: Business Law, Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Real Estate. For more information on EpsteinBeckerGreen, please visit www.ebglaw.com. For more than three decades, the EpsteinBeckerGreen seminar series has introduced senior executives, general counsel and human resources professionals to cutting-edge issues in nearly every area of business touched by law.

 
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California Employment Law for Florida Employers

This should be a great seminar.  Looking forward to seeing you there.



 California Employment Law for 
Florida Employers

 

Monday, November 2, 2009
Lunch & Program 12:00PM - 2:00 PM

 

 

Miami City Club
Wachovia Financial Center
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
55th Floor

Miami, FL 33131

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Presented by:
 Angel Gomez, III, Esq., EpsteinBeckerGreen

California is home to one of the largest economies in the world, and to one of the world's best-educated and most productive workforces.  Many employers find California to be an essential part of their strategic plan, but are not aware of the specifics of the state's evolving employment laws and policies.
 
We would like to invite you to a special seminar with Angel Gomez, Esq., a member of Epstein Becker & Green situated in the Firm’s Los Angeles office, concentrating in employment law.  Mr. Gomez will provide tips for preventing and minimizing liability for companies with employees in California.

 

  • The average jury verdict in employment cases is nearly $1.4 million
  • It is illegal to require female employees to wear skirts
  • It is illegal to have a "use it or lose it" vacation plan
  • Terminated employees must be paid in full on their last day
  • Transvestites are a "protected class" in some cities
  • Overtime must be paid after 8 hours of work in a day
  • Pregnant employees may take up to seven months of protected leave
  • Releases must contain California-specific language
  • Employees may use one-half of their sick time for family illnesses
  • California’s new disability discrimination law is broader than the ADA
  • Co-workers can be personally liable for unlawful harassment
  • Group insurance premiums may need to be paid indefinitely by the company for someone on workers’ compensation leave
  • Termination of an employee on workers’ compensation leave is risky and complex – even if the employee has been out for a year or more
  • There are important exceptions to many of the above 

This lunch session is intended for senior personnel management, as well as in-house counsel, whose advice is sought concerning their California operations.  We will review the specifics of California employment law that may not be well known outside of California, as well as discuss strategic and long-range issues.

For example, Mr. Gomez will also discuss:

  • How California juries assess employer termination decisions
  • How to structure terminations to increase your chance of success in California courts
  • What is required before a California court will enforce an arbitration agreement
  • How to avoid having that lawsuit against you decided by a jury
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Mr. Gomez is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and the University of California at Berkeley. He is an experienced speaker and author, including being the management co-author of California Employment Litigation, a widely read treatise on the subject, published by Bancroft-Whitney. He has spoken before such organizations as the National Employment Law Institute, Personnel and Industrial Relations Association, National Employment Law Council, among many others.

In an ever-changing California legal environment, increased knowledge can help you to protect against potentially significant liability and improve your company's overall productivity. Please contact Anneliese Garcia 305.579.3200 or agarcia@ebglaw.com with any questions.
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 Thursday, October 29, 2009
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About Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Founded in 1973, EpsteinBeckerGreen is a law firm with approximately 350 lawyers practicing in offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford and Washington D.C. The Firm’s size, diversity, and global affiliations allow its attorneys to address the needs of both small entrepreneurial ventures and large multinational corporations on a worldwide basis. EpsteinBeckerGreen continues to build and expand its capabilities as a law firm focused on five core practices: Business Law, Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Real Estate. For more information on EpsteinBeckerGreen, please visit www.ebglaw.com.  For more than three decades, the EpsteinBeckerGree seminar series has introduced senior executives, general counsel and human resources professionals to cutitng-edge issues in nearly every area of business touched by law. 

 

 
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