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The 11th Annual Employment Law Symposium  Presented in Collaboration with Fisher and Phillip

When: 07/19/2018
Where: Brooklake Country Club
139 Brooklake Rd
Florham Park 07932
United States

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The 11th Annual Employment Law Symposium
Presented in Collaboration with Fisher and Phillips, LLP

July 19, 2018

Brooklake Country Club
139 Brooklake Rd
Florham Park,  NJ 07932 



This program has been approved both by HRCI and SHRM for 8 Credits (HRCI are general credits).  

On-line pre-registration will end at 4:00pm on Monday, July 16th. If you do not pre-register and pre-pay (via credit card) before this deadline and still wish to attend, we welcome you to "pay at the door” for an additional $15 fee. Remember, if you need to cancel for any reason, simply send a note to our registration team.


Members: $130
Non-Members: $170
Members In-Transition: $105
Student Members: $95
Volunteer Chairs: $80


At the Breaking Point – An Examination of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
The mental well-being of a workforce may have a direct and substantial impact on the success of a given organization. This reality enters our discourse all too often when tragedy hits, leaving people to wonder if preventative action could – or should – have been taken. This session will explore mental health issues and their connection to the workplace. Employers will come away with an understanding of how to identify potentially troubling behaviors and what legal responsibilities they hold to take preemptive and reactionary measures.

Corporate Culture and Its Connection to Workplace Bullying
High profile allegations of bullying against media fixtures, politicians and corporate executives have become pervasive. Victims of this predatory behavior have been empowered to share their stories, creating a cascading effect that is prompting organizations to urgently examine the workplace. Employers caught ignoring signs of a toxic environment could be forced to answer for their neglect both in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. This session will help employers provide both a workplace free of bullying and a culture that actively stamps out this harmful behavior.

Immigration Compliance Update and Case Study
Immigration compliance investigations are expected to increase.  Employers should be reviewing their immigration policies and practices to ensure they are in compliance with immigration laws. This presentation will walk you through the immigration compliance requirements and provide case studies of recent investigations and discuss the lessons we can learn from them. 

Local Report:  Recent New Jersey Decisions and Their Impact on Your Business
Judicial decisions and verdicts in high-profile cases have ramifications that extend beyond the courtroom. In the employment law context, their impact can reverberate across the business landscape, setting – or modifying – precedent for all employers in a jurisdiction, complicating already complex compliance requirements and exposing companies to significant damages. This presentation will provide an update on recent New Jersey decisions which may affect your workplace so that you are fully prepared to confront and address any potential issues.

The Lightning Round:  Top Issues Keeping You Up At Night
When workplace legal challenges present themselves it is critical that organizations are prepared to respond quickly and effectively. The benefit of time is rarely afforded to those facing legal action, nor is it afforded to our panel of Fisher Phillips attorneys as they present concise, concentrated assessments of several key employment issues in the “Lightning Round.” This rapid fire session will bring attendees up to speed on the latest thinking around the following issues that may be keeping employers up at night:
 - Pay Equity in New Jersey
 - Non-disclosure Agreements in Settlements and Severances
 - Marijuana and Drug Testing Updates  

U.S. Supreme Court Uphold Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements
On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled on a long-simmering controversy over whether “class action waivers” in arbitration agreements are enforceable, deciding  that these “waivers” are indeed enforceable.  This decision has serious implications for both employers who have such clauses in their arbitration agreements and those who do not.

What to Do Before & After OSHA Knocks:  An  Interactive Look at the Legal Aspects of OSHA and Citation Defense
This presentation offers attendees an in-depth, practical examination of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “Act”) and how it, and the Secretary of Labor’s right to enforce the Act, may potentially affect his or her business. Attendees will be provided a thorough analysis of the Act, including its history and purpose, the type of citations, penalties that may be issued under the Act, and a step-by-step discussion of the legal process implicated when a citation is issued.

Attendees will be provided “real world” information regarding the various legal aspects of the Act, including references to actual scenarios under which citations under the Act have been issued. Education regarding the Secretary of Labor’s right to issue citations will be a focus; attendees will learn the ramifications that may result from the payment of citations even after settlement negotiations with the Secretary of Labor have taken place.

Workplace Investigations in the Time of #MeToo and #TimesUp
More than at any point in recent memory, attention is being paid to workplace investigations into inappropriate and potentially illegal behavior. This focus, brought about in tandem with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, makes it critically important that employers know how to conduct prompt and thorough investigations, and also how to spot and prevent incidents of harassment, discrimination and workplace bullying before complaints arise. This session will help employers execute investigations that protect their business, employees and reputations.


Jessica Cook is a partner in the Atlanta office and a member of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group. Jessica's practice focuses on immigration and nationality law. Jessica represents local, national and multi-national companies with regard to their immigration needs and has extensive experience representing and advising employers in all areas of business immigration, including temporary employment visas, labor certifications, permanent residency, and outbound visas.

Rosemary Gousman is the managing partner of the New Jersey office of Fisher Phillips. She has practiced labor and employment law for more than 20 years. She began her career at a large New Jersey firm specializing in labor and employment law. Her practice includes both litigation and counseling of clients. Rosemary has trial experience in bench and jury trials as well as arbitration proceedings. 

Alvaro Hasani is an associate in the New Jersey office of Fisher Phillips.  He focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation, compliance counseling, education law, and appellate matters. He has represented clients in a variety of complex litigation matters and has represented public entities in collective bargaining negotiations and has served as an independent disciplinary hearing officer.

Cynthia Jacob is Senior Counsel in the New Jersey office. She concentrates on litigating employment-related cases, including wrongful termination, employee benefits disputes, race, sex and age discrimination, and other civil rights litigation, all on behalf of management. She is regularly called upon to act as an arbitrator and mediator. She is certified by the American Arbitration Association and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  She is a former President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a former Chair of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

David Lichtenberg is a partner in the New Jersey office of Fisher Phillips. His practice focuses on employment litigation, counseling and management training. David has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal court. In addition to his litigation/administrative practice, David regularly counsels clients on employment law matters, with a particular emphasis on disability management.  He has dedicated his entire professional career to representing management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation.

Colleen Tandy is Of Counsel in the New Jersey office. She handles all aspects of employment law litigation, from the initial stages of investigation and discovery all the way through trial.  She is also involved in counseling clients with respect to wrongful termination counseling and compliance with various state and federal employment-related statutes and regulations.

Travis Vance is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office. He has tried matters across several industries and various subject matters, including employment litigation, business disputes and matters prosecuted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Travis handles litigation in both federal and state courts as well as claims pending with state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), MSHA, OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)

Sarah Wieselthier is an associate in the firm’s New Jersey office.  Her practice focuses on counseling and defending employers in all areas of labor and employment law. She represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, equal pay, wage and hour claims, and class and collective actions.