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Labor Law Update 2009

March 11, 2009


8:30 AM

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 AM
CHANGES TO THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU

Edward T. Ellis and Sarah E. McCarthy will review the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and its impact on your business and employment litigation including:

  • Who will be considered “disabled” under the new broader definition?
  • Avoiding “regarded as” claims under the broader definition
  • What is now included in “Major Life Activity?”
  • How to recognize and handle accommodation requests

9:45 AM
MANAGING WORKFORCE ISSUES IN A RECESSIONARY ECONOMY

Daniel P. O’Meara, Michael L. Epstein, Janice G. Dubler, and Jennifer T. Nocito, in a panel discussion, will explore issues affecting employers and employees in this challenging economy. This includes layoffs, but also cost-cutting alternatives to layoffs, such as job sharing, reducing wages and hours, and decreasing benefits. The discussion will include pros and cons of different strategies as well as compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA).

10:25 AM
IMMIGRATION – IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT TODAY, TOMORROW AND BEYOND

Louis R. Moffa will address issues employers need to deal with in administering and navigating federal andstate laws applicable to hiring foreign born workers.  
How can employers avoid the pitfalls of hiring foreign born workers ?

10:55 AM
BREAK

11:10 AM
EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT AND UNION ORGANIZING

Daniel P. O’Meara and Mary E. Cavallaro will examine the Employee Free Choice Act, which establishes an easier way for employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations and provides for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts.

Will this new Act lead union organizers to coerce employees into union membership? Will employee privacy in union votes be comprised? Will this Act result in workers unionizing and demanding more expensive compensation packages, health coverage and pensions?

11:30 AM

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN DISCRIMINATION LAW: RACE, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, OBESITY AND AGE; AND LEGAL ISSUES IN DIVERSITY

Joyce B. Link, Carmon M. Harvey, Erin Pfeffer, and Adam J. Taliaferro will provide an overview of recent developments and hot topics in employment discrimination case law, including the “do’s and don’ts” of diversity initiatives.

What is “diversity?” Are diversity initiatives legal? What will the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act require?

12:15
LUNCH

Please RSVP to Stephanie Redding at events@mmwr.com or call
215-772-7260.

March 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM – 12:15 AM

123 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

CLE Credits : 3 PA CLE credits