SEMINAR: New Developments in Labor & Employment Law

We are pleased to announce Pullman & Comley's Spring Labor & Employment Law seminar for public and private sector employers, offering key insights on the labor and employment law issues facing you in 2016.

April 29, 2016
The Trumbull Marriott
180 Hawley Lane
Trumbull, CT 06611 

The seminar agenda was as follows:

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction - Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds, Chair, Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department

8:35 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Fairfield County: Lifeboat or Launch Pad?
Chistopher P. Bruhl, President & CEO, The Business Council of Fairfield County
A data-driven overview of our region's major trends, with special emphasis on implications for human capital leaders and advisors.

9:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. - Your Retirement Plan and the Department of Labor's New "Fiduciary Rule"  - Nancy D. Lapera, George J. Kasper  
Breaking News: The U.S. Department of Labor's new Fiduciary Rule is here. Employers and plan fiduciaries must understand and adapt to the new rule to avoid breach of fiduciary duty claims. We will discuss what the new rule means for employers, plan fiduciaries, and participants.

10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. - Break

10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Workplace Harassment: A Mini-Training Session - Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds  
Preventing, investigating, and remedying workplace harassment and discrimination is essential for all employers. This session will focus on best practices for avoiding and dealing with harassment and discrimination claims.

11:05 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Breakout Sessions I
Breakout I: FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation - Michael N. LaVelle, Rachel L. Ginsburg
Navigating the overlapping rules for employee absences and leave rights.
Breakout II: The Do's and Don'ts of Hiring and Firing - Robert C. Hinton
How to hire and fire employees with minimal exposure to legal claims.

11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions II
Breakout I: Legal Challenges Facing Small Employers - Jonathan B. Orleans, Adam S. Mocciolo  
A grab-bag of topics: overtime pay, use of independent contractors, immigration compliance, and hot-button issues in employee handbooks. Plenty of time for questions and answers.

Breakout II - Trends in Public Sector Collective Bargaining - Donald F. Houston, Stephen M. Sedor  
Key issues and trends in collective bargaining negotiations and agreements with school board, municipal, and state employees.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Presentation: Legislative Developments Affecting Employers - Mark J. Sommaruga, Zachary D. Schurin
An update on the status and potential impact of proposed legislation from the 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly that may affect employers.