28th Annual Employment Law Update - Putting the Pieces Together

July 19, 2012

Knowing that companies are dealing with many changing and new pieces to employment law puzzles, K&C is pleased to announce a new program designed to help employers solve their particular employment law puzzles. The K&C Employment Law Team will present a variety of educational workshops and will feature several representatives from a number of government agencies, as well as an intriguing presentation by a lawyer who specializes in suing employers.

Written materials with essential information on all topics will be provided to each attendee.


8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:35 Opening Session: 'Antoine’s Revenge' An overview of the day’s line-up and an educational and entertaining mock scenario involving a familiar problem employee. Antoine Merriweather files an EEOC charge against his former employer.

9:50 - 10:50 and 11:05 - 12:05 Attendees may select two of the workshops listed below:

Assembling the Employment Law Puzzle
Robert J. Barry
Anna Richardson Smith
This session will provide an overview of basic employment laws and insight into recent changes to state and federal employment laws, along with guidance as to how those laws are enforced. Practical advice on avoiding liability will be highlighted.

25 Pieces of the Employment Law Jigsaw
John M. Bredehoft
David J. Sullivan
A number of aspects about employment law every Virginia employer should know will be addressed in this workshop. Attendees will be encouraged to ask anything and everything about the highlighted topics or any other aspect of Virginia employment law.

Avoiding and Resolving EEOC and Discrimination Charges
Thomas M. Colclough, Acting Richmond Area Director, EEOC
John S. Di Dio, Former Norfolk Area Director, EEOC
Burt H. Whitt
What should an employer do when confronted with a charge of discrimination from the EEOC? This session will provide tips on avoiding discrimination and retaliation claims as well as a step-by-step discussion of how the EEOC pursues such a charge and how an employer should respond. Particular focus will be on how to resolve the charge before expensive litigation ensues.

Unscrambling the Social Media Mix
Daniel F. Basnight
Laura Gering Gross
This workshop will focus on the opportunities as well as risks created by use of social media in the workplace. Practical advice on employer rights and responsibilities will be covered.

12:20 - 1:35 Lunch  James Shoemaker, Jr., an attorney with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein who specializes in suing employers will provide a candid view of what a savvy employee’s lawyer looks for in deciding whether to take a case. Attendees will also have a chance to play our employment crossword puzzle game.

1:50 - 2:50 and 3:05 - 4:05 Attendees may select two of the workshops listed below:

Cracking the Discipline & Discharge Code
Daniel F. Basnight
Frank A. Edgar Jr. 
Attendees will be provided practical guidance on how to properly discipline/discharge employees. All aspects of progressive discipline and the termination process will be discussed. Attendees’ specific questions are encouraged.

Unraveling the Most Outrageous Employment Law Cases
John M. Bredehoft
Laura Geringer Gross
They may be funny or they may be horrific, but they’re all true! Some of the most outrageous employment cases of all time will be discussed along with practical tips on how to avoid making the front cover of the news.

Deciphering Unemployment Claims
Robert J. Barry
Heidi Young, Chief Appeals Examiner, VEC
William O. Walton Jr., Unemployment Insurance Director, VEC
This session will provide attendees with insights and good practices for handling unemployment claims before the Virginia Employment Commission. Attendees will benefit from the insights of VEC officials and receive tips on how to help control this ever-increasing cost of doing business.

Decoding Current Wage-Hour Issues
Robert G. Armstrong, Field Operations Manager, VDOLI
Burt H. Whitt
This workshop will provide practical guidance on how to assess risks associated with current pay practices and/or policies. Emphasis will be placed on how to avoid the most common, and most costly, wage-hour mistakes.

4:05 - 4:30 Closing Session Attendees will meet for a wrap-up on the day's activities and an inside view of the EEOC’s current enforcement activities presented by the EEOC Acting Richmond Area Director, Thomas Colclough. The K&C Employment Law Team will be available to answer any questions.

Registration Information

This seminar will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on July 19, 2012.

Cost for the program is $345 for the first registrant for each company and $325 for each additional registrant. The deadline to register for each seminar is one week prior to the respective seminar date. A refund will be given for cancellations received one week prior to the seminar.

All attendees will receive their confirmation materials, invoice, directions and parking pass in the mail after registration. To pay by credit card, please call the number below. Please note we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards only.

To register click the link below.
Or call Nicole Naidyhorski at 757.624.3232.