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ERE SIG: Advanced Employment Law: Topics You've Been Asking About
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ERE SIG: Advanced Employment Law: Topics You've Been Asking About

ERE SIG Program
Presented by: John E. Thomas, Jr.
Location: McGuireWoods LLP
This program is approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM credits.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
7:30 AM
Where: McGuireWoods LLP - Suite 1800
1750 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, Virginia  22102
United States

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Advanced Employment Law: Topics You've Been Asking About


Friday, January 25, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM - Registration/networking

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Event Program

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  • Member: 0
  • Non-Member: $15



  • This program is approved for 1.5 HRCI and SHRM credits.

Program Details:

Join management-side employment lawyers at McGuireWoods for a discussion on cutting-edge employment issues. This program will cover a gamut of topics driven by issues HR professionals in Northern Virginia are facing today. We will cover a variety of topics like: (1) Can I keep employees from secretly recording conversations in the workplace? (2) New clauses you want to add to your severance agreements. (3) Conducting background checks in the age of social media. (4) Fixing your non-competes and non-solicits to keep them watertight. In advance of the program, we will solicit questions you are facing today and we will select additional topics to address throughout the program to bring the most relevant topics to you.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify advanced employment law issues facing HR professionals today.
  2. Formulate ideas to check compliance in your office.
  3. Learn key aspects of employment law with a focus on Virginia law (and some surrounding areas).



John E. Thomas, Jr.




John represents businesses in matters across the spectrum of employment law. He is a first-chair trial lawyer who has successfully argued employment issues before the Supreme Court of Virginia. His practice includes representing employers in disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, breaches of contract, and defamation as well as the host of employment statutes such as wage-and-hour laws (the FLSA and state laws), leave laws (the FMLA and state laws), and discrimination statutes (like Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and state laws). Representative clients include those in defense, banking, healthcare, community property management, wastewater management, and legal industries.

In addition to resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration, and mediation, John’s practice includes counseling HR professionals and in-house counsel through difficult employment-related issues, including terminations, severance agreements, employment contracts, and lay-offs. He offers a practical eye toward revising policies and handbooks and messaging difficult decisions to employees.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, John held the role of special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. His experience also includes serving as pro se law clerk for the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, judicial intern for the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and law clerk in the U.S. Department of Justice. John is an active member of his community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tysons Corner Children’s Center, a local non-profit, and is the past Secretary for the Board of Trustees for the Kiwanis Foundation of Tysons Corner/McLean. He is a recipient of the McGuireWoods Excellence Award for his pro bono contributions and the National Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Service Award.