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Virtual All-Day Legal Academy

Approved for 6.25 SHRM Credits/4.75 HRCI General Credits (1.25 Business), Pending 1.25 HRCI Credits

 Export to Your Calendar 5/7/2020
When: Thursday, May 7, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: We are changing forums from in-person sessions to an All-Day Virtual event!
United States

Online registration is available until: 5/7/2020
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Regular Registration - March 26th to April 30th:

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  • Non-Member: $100

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Program Information

Mental Illness: Legally Addressing Employees with “Unseen” Disabilities - Pending HRCI 1.25 General credit

Rates of mental illness in the United States have steadily increased over the last decade. From a management perspective, many (but not all) mental illnesses can constitute disabilities and therefore place affirmative obligations on the employer. This presentation examines recent updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act and state corollaries as well as reviews practical tips for reducing workplace liability.

Speaker: Maureen E. Carr, Esq., Shareholder, Bean Kinney & Korman, P.C.

DMV Developments: A review of New and Pending Local Legislation and Its Impact on Area Employers - Approved 1.25 HRCI Business credit

DC, Maryland and now Virginia have all been active in proposing and passing new legislation with the potential to have a significant impact on local employers. With the Democrats taking control of the General Assembly in January, Virginia in particular has presented a flurry of legislation imposing new obligations on employers, as well as exposing them to new liabilities. We will bring you up to speed on these recent local employment laws that should be on every employer’s radar, plus discuss compliance tips and potential pitfalls for each.

Speakers: Raymond Baldwin, Esq. - Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Christine Costantino, Esq. - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

U.S. Department of Labor Update - Approved 1.25 HRCI General credit

The Department of Labor has had a busy and ambitious agenda on the regulatory and sub-regulatory fronts. During this session, we will discuss the recent and planned activities of the Wage & Hour Division, the OFCCP, OSHA, and other Labor agencies as we kick off this Presidential election year.

Speaker: Alexander Passantino, Esq. - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Cybersecurity Incident Response: Preparing For The Inevitable - Approved 1.25 HRCI General credit

Cybersecurity incidents are a relentless threat to you and your business. Are you prepared to meet the threat and to respond appropriately? In this interactive presentation, industry professionals will help you understand and identify common cybersecurity threats, offer suggestions to diminish the likelihood that you will fall victim to a breach and prepare you mitigate consequences in the event of an incident. Additionally, the presentation will identify applicable cybersecurity rules and regulations.

Speakers: Douglas Kay, Esq., Principal, Offit Kurman – Attorneys at Law, Gustav Plato, CEO and Co-Founder, It’s Just Results and Michael Cardaci, CEO, HRTec

Paid Leave Across the DMV: What you Need to Know - Approved 1 HRCI General credit

Leave or time-off from work presents a series of legal and practical conundrums for every employer. Federal law mandates unpaid time off for certain employers under the Family Medical Leave Act. However, recent local laws in the District of Columbia and Maryland extend leave obligations to include paid leave. This presentation will focus on understanding the applicability of the D.C. and Maryland paid leave laws to your business while similarly providing helpful tips on policy implementation.

Speakers: Russell Berger, Esq., Principal, Offit Kurman – Attorneys at Law and Theodora Stringham, Esq., Principal, Offit Kurman – Attorneys at Law

About The Speakers

Maureen Carr

Maureen E. Carr, Esq. is an employment attorney at Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC in Arlington, Virginia. Maureen counsel’s clients on employment matters such as discrimination, retaliation, employment agreements and policies, benefits, leave, and wage and hour issues, and litigates employment disputes in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Maureen is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Wake Forest University School of Law. Maureen has received an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers and Washington, DC Super Lawyers, a “Top Attorney” by Arlington Magazine, and a member of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine.

Raymond C. Baldwin

Ray has substantial litigation, trial, and appellate experience, defending management against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract and related theories, and the defense and enforcement of restrictive covenant/non competition issues. Raymond has also defended employers in a variety of complex collective and class cases, including multiplaintiff discrimination suits, actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws, and EEOC pattern and practice cases. Ray has tried numerous cases to verdict in federal and state courts. He also regularly counsels management and human resource professionals on various workplace issues, including employee relations, investigations, FMLA and ADA issues, leave issues, training, and restrictive covenants. He also provides harassment and other types of employment law training. Ray frequently assists clients in drafting employment policies, handbooks, releases and severance agreements, as well as non competition agreements. He has represented employers in a wide variety of industries, including retail, transportation, health care, manufacturing, government contracting, defense, universities, hospitality, staffing, and professional services. Ray serves on the firm’s Lawyer Development Committee and the Washington, DC, office’s hiring committee. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ray served as an officer in the US Navy.

Christine Costantino

Chrissy is an experienced employment litigator, specifically defending management against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, employment-related torts, and other related matters in administrative, state, and federal court proceedings and arbitration. Chrissy defends employers in actions brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and various state statutes. She also represents employers in litigation involving restrictive covenants and related non-competition matters. Chrissy has extensive deposition and courtroom experience and has successfully achieved favorable resolutions for numerous clients through various alternative dispute resolution measures. Chrissy advises clients on preparing employment agreements and drafting and implementing employment policies. She also represents management in collective bargaining negotiations and assists clients in navigating contemplated employment actions while ensuring compliance with federal and state law. Chrissy’s clients include entities in a wide range of industries, including government contractors, financial institutions, large retailers, and hotel management companies. Chrissy has substantial experience representing entities in various industries at the trial and appellate levels.

Alexander Passantino

Alex advises employers on federal and state wage and hour compliance issues, auditing payroll and employee classification practices, representing employers before the US Department of Labor, and defending class and collective action litigation. In his national practice, Alexander provides day-to-day advice and assistance to employers in their efforts to comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the state laws that require employers to pay overtime and minimum wages to their employees. In addition, Alexander provides guidance and counseling to government contractors who are subject to the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. He advises clients on implementing compliance programs, auditing and correcting wage and hour issues, and responding to the ever-changing wage and hour legal landscape. Alexander has also defended numerous wage and hour lawsuits, including both individual claims and class and collective actions.

Douglas Kay

Douglas Kay is a principal and department chair at the Tysons Corner office of Offit Kurman, P.C. He principally practices in the area of commercial and business litigation. Mr. Kay possesses a broad range of practical experience to assist clients in reaching business and litigation resolutions for their most threatening and difficult problems. He has represented a wide variety of clients from individuals to publicly traded corporations and small businesses. His cases run the gamut of complexity from relatively simple breach of contract and employment litigation matters to the most complicated commercial litigation cases involving allegations of contract breach, business conspiracy, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and misappropriation of trade secrets. Mr. Kay is particularly skilled in diagnosing and solving problems in their earliest stages and has a proven track record of avoiding costly and unnecessary litigation. However, he is calm and experienced when confronted with a matter that must be resolved in a court of law, administrative hearing or through alternative dispute resolution. He strives to reach the best result for his client's problems. Additionally, Mr. Kay has a keen interest in assisting companies effectively to prepare for and respond to cybersecurity threats and incidents. He is a member of ISACA - a global association that develops best practices for information systems – where he received training in cybersecurity fundamentals. He has lectured about effective incident response design and implementation.

Gustav Plato

Gustav is CEO and Co-Founder of It’s Just Results. It’s Just Results provides business leaders guidance to improve the results they get from investing in security, improving security maturity; and achieving compliance with regulatory frameworks such as the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARS) 252.204-7012; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-171, NIST SP 800-53, NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF); New York DFS 23 NYCRR 500; SOC 2 Pre-audits; California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and ISO 27001. Gustav leads project delivery for security evaluation, risk mitigation, and compliance projects; managed security; policy development and implementation projects; technology strategy and implementation projects; and business performance improvement projects. He understands how people, tools and technology, and process fit together. He works with clients to define the goals, metrics, and cadence for all of our projects. He has previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand, IBM, Touchstone and Ambit Group and other boutique technology and business consulting firms.

Michael Cardaci

Michael is the CEO of HRTec, a Cyber Security and Government Contracting firm that provides a range of I.T. products and services to both private organizations and government clients. In recent years, Michael has led the company to develop FedHIVE, the first Cloud Service Offering created by a small business specifically at the FedRAMP High Impact Level. To put it into perspective, only 7 other companies are providing both Infrastructure and Platform as a Service at the High Impact level, and those companies include AWS, Microsoft, and Oracle. Since then, HRTec has broaden its scope of business to ensure private organizations, non-profits, and fellow government contractors have accessibility to scalable, customer driven cybersecurity and Cloud Services. In today’s era of large tech firms and rampant cybercrime, prior preparation with a personalized security approach, prevents poor performance when a cyber-attack happens. Because at HRTec, “it’s all about managing the risk”.

Russell Berger

As an accomplished labor and employment attorney and Department Chair, Russell Berger provides business counsel to employers on employee matters and is well-versed in litigating in both state and federal courts. Mr. Berger is the trusted legal counsel every business owner needs to feel confident in their decision-making and secure with their assets. As a Department Chair at Offit Kurman, Mr. Berger has direct experience with managing other managers, which he draws from in advising his clients. He is a pragmatic problem-solver that works efficiently and tirelessly to present his clients the best possible solutions to their most complicated issues. He represents employers, businesses, and professionals in employment disputes across the nation in a variety of matters include wage and hour claims, harassment, severance, intellectual property, and confidentiality agreements.

Theodora Stringham

Theodora Stringham assists individuals, businesses, and organizations with growing successfully while minimizing liability. Focusing on employment and personnel needs, Ms. Stringham executes sustainable strategies aimed at creating longstanding success. She provides comprehensive representation for everyday growth issues, including, but not limited to, employment discrimination, non-competition disputes, and disciplinary issues. Ms. Stringham's scope of representation ranges from identifying potential liability and providing counseling/trainings, all the way through representation at trial. Ms. Stringham has extensive trial and appellate experience, having previously argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia. With experience representing both employees and management, she is available to provide employment counseling aimed at reaching workplace resolutions in a direct and effective manner. Ms. Stringham currently serves as Co-VP for Legislative Affairs for NOVA SHRM.