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The 10th Annual Employment Law Symposium  Presented in Collaboration with Fisher and Phillips, LLP

When: 07/20/2017
Where: Brooklake Country Club
139 Brooklake Rd
Florham Park 07932
United States

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The 10th Annual Employment Law Symposium
Presented in Collaboration with Fisher and Phillips, LLP

July 20, 2017

Brooklake Country Club
139 Brooklake Rd
Florham Park,  NJ 07932


Please consider joining us for this special day of legislative updates, shared best practices and networking. We'll be presented with the most current information on legislation affecting our organizations, get a handle on some new best practices from the esteemed team of legal professionals at Fisher & Phillips and attendees alike, and make some new connections or catch up with old ones as we gather for a full day of professional development, food and fun.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Lois Nagie, PHR, SHRM-CP
Morris County SHRM President


This program has been approved by both HRCI and SHRM for 8 credits.

On-line pre-registration will end at 4:00pm on the Friday prior to the meeting. 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


The Trump Administration: A Review Of The First Six Months And What They Suggest Going Forward
Speaker:  Christopher Capone

Are you experiencing feelings of uncertainty with regard to how the Trump administration will impact your workplace? Although it is tough to predict the future, President Trump’s statements and appointments of business leaders into prominent positions provide strong clues as to what changes lie ahead for employers both large and small. Obamacare, immigration laws, wage and hour regulations, workplace drug testing, marijuana use, and employee leave entitlements are just a sampling of the issues that will likely see significant attention under Trump. This session will detail the first six months and provide insight into what might be expected for the duration of the Trump administration.

Pay Equity:  A Kaleidoscope of Legal Issues
Speaker:  Kathleen M. Caminiti

The idea of “equal pay for equal work” has been the law for decades but disparities persist, and a renewed focus on pay equity is creating new laws and regulations in states around the country. When employers are sued over pay issues, they are often shocked at what they learn about existing, and presumably compliant practices. Issues of unconscious bias - prejudicial mental short cuts unwittingly made based on outdated social norms and stereotypes – often inform the basis of these practices. A proactive approach to auditing of pay practices can spell the difference between compliance – and satisfied employees – and expensive litigation. This session will address practical steps organizations can take come into compliance with new pay equity laws while there is still time.

Immigration Compliance Under The Trump Administration:  What Every Employer Needs To Know
Speaker:  Jessica T. Cook

Given the Trump administration’s focus on immigration compliance, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will increase worksite enforcement actions against employers that involve issuing I-9 Notices of Inspection, criminal investigations and prosecutions, police-style raids, and million-dollar fines.  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 lead an in-depth discussion of what you need to do to comply – including what could happen if you don’t.

Updates In Wage & Hour Law
Speaker: Alvaro Hasani

FLSA compliance may be confusing and thus easy for managers to overlook, until an issue arises and the criticality becomes clear. Failure to comply can result in government audits and investigations, civil or criminal penalties, damages, and attorneys’ fees. Last year the Department of Labor proposed dramatic changes to the FLSA, which have since been scuttled, but not before creating an additional source of confusion for employers. This presentation will help you understand your current obligations, prepare for what is on the horizon and minimize the associated risk.

Local Lessons:  Recent New Jersey Verdicts And What They Mean For Your Business
Speaker:  Rosemary Gousman

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.

Cyber Security And Data Breaches:  How To Protect Your Company
Speaker:  Phillip C. Bauknight

The world is faster and more connected than ever before. Through their connections, businesses share information in ways thought unimaginable a few decades ago. As companies continue to integrate computers, tablets, smart phones, and the cloud into their business models, the need to take cyber security seriously grows exponentially. A data security breach can disrupt business operations, damage brand reputation and customer relationships, and attract government investigations. This presentation will explore recent cases and share best practices to identify and mitigate cyber security risks.

Lessons Learned From Recent Disability Cases
Speaker:  David B. Lichtenberg

It is critical for employers to be aware of the complex and constantly evolving state and federal laws governing proper disability management. This presentation will examine recent New Jersey cases involving disability-related claims and provide employers with helpful tips for complying with the law and avoiding mistakes that could lead to liability.

Phillip Bauknight is an attorney in the New Jersey office of Fisher Phillips. His practice focuses on employment, business, and labor issues with an emphasis on joint employment, Title VII, discrimination and franchise business matters. Phil regularly appears in federal, state, appellate, and administrative courts as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various state agencies. Phil is an active member of the legal community, in particular with the American Bar Association where he holds a leadership position in the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, and is deeply involved with the Forum on Franchising.

Kathleen Caminiti is a partner in the New Jersey office of Fisher Phillips, and co-chair of the Pay Equity practice group. She has extensive experience handling employment litigation matters, ranging from individual plaintiff discrimination claims to class actions. Kathie has successfully defended cases alleging civil rights violations, race, sex, age and handicap discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, wrongful discharge and retaliation.

Christopher Capone is a partner in the firm's New Jersey office. He has successfully represented large corporations and small businesses in a variety of industries in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including equal employment opportunity, enforcement of restrictive covenants, wrongful discharge litigation, labor disputes and contract negotiations. His practice includes litigation in federal and state courts, arbitrations and appearances before federal and state administrative agencies.

Jessica T. 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.

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..