2024 DRI Employment and Labor Law Seminar

May 20–22, 2024
Washington Hilton | Washington, D.C.

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Join us in our nation’s capital as we reconnect at DRI’s 47th annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar. The nation’s best employment law seminar brings together leading management-side employment and labor attorneys, in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) representatives from throughout the US and Canada. Always intensely practical, and accompanied by helpful written materials, this seminar is indispensable for experienced practitioners and those just getting started in labor and employment law. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners and professionals in the labor and employment arena.

What You Will Learn:

  • How implementing compliant employment policies and practices can positively impact company culture and create a strong, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
  • Best practices to prevent and respond to workplace violence.
  • Pragmatic tips for conducting effective workplace investigations.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Meeting with members of the Employment Law Committee and the Drug and Medical Device Committee.
  • Attending dine-arounds with colleagues from all over the U.S. and Canada.
  • Getting involved with the Committee behind the scenes by attending the business meeting and joining our steering committee.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • Allied World Insurance Company
  • Cincinnati Insurance
  • Stryker

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Employment and Labor Law Committee Leadership

David Renner
David E. Renner
Program Chair
Sandy L. Morris
Sandy L. Morris
Program Vice Chair
Gordon Hill
S. Gordon Hill
Committee Chair
Helen Holden
Helen R. Holden
Committee Vice Chair
Mark A. Fahleson
Mark A. Fahleson
Law Institute

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Registration Information

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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Regular Registration*
(Now thru May 19)
$1,595 $1,995 $1,915
Onsite Registration $1,695 $2,095 $2,015
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095 per person $1,095 per person $1,095 per person
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^ Not a DRI Member and want to save on your registration? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle when you register for the DRI Employment and Labor Law Seminar. Select the bundle and get up to 9 months of membership with the membership add-on when you check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

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*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

**Group registration is for registering four or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Event
Sponsored by: ABC

Date: Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar; attendees must be 21+ (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each)
Location: Heights Courtyard at Washington Hilton

Join the Drug and Medical Device and Employment and Labor Law Seminars for a relaxing evening at the Heights Courtyard, an outdoor plaza off the lobby level of the Washington Hilton. Complement your networking with a DRI mocktail, cocktails, wine, soft drinks, assorted beers, and passed appetizers.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Monday, May 20, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
12:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. The Future of DEI Programs Post-Students for Fair Admissions

Employers are looking for advice about how they can increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision about race-based affirmative action programs in college admissions, lawsuits challenging large law firms’ fellowship programs, and letters from state attorneys general to business leaders. In this program, Amalea Smirniotopoulos of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will place the recent challenges into context with a discussion of relevant constitutional and statutory law and Edmund Brown of Pierson Ferdinand will share practical perspectives borne out of his experience leading his firm’s DEI efforts and advising employers to implement legally compliant DEI efforts.

Amalea Smirniotopoulos, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Edmund Brown, Pierson Ferdinand, Columbus, OH
4:00 p.m. The Year in Review: Annual Discrimination and Retaliation Law Update

One of the annual conference highlights, with a new face! Cameron Fox is joining us this year to update everyone on the key discrimination, harassment, and retaliation decisions from the past year. Bring a copy of her materials and be ready to take notes, as this interactive session will help every defense lawyer in their briefing in the coming year.

Cameron W. Fox, Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, CA
5:45 p.m. First Timers / Non-Member Meet and Greet
6:00 p.m. Networking / Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Mark A. Fahleson, Rembolt Ludtke LLP, Lincoln, NE
David E. Renner, Pierson Ferdinand LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
9:15 a.m. Wage and Hour Update: Making Dollars and Sense out of the FLSA

The Department of Labor has issued two sets of regulations in the past year that have created a firestorm of controversy among business groups and Congress. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed raising the minimum salary required to qualify for the white-collar exemptions by over 50 percent. The DOL also proposed to revise its guidance on how to determine who is an employee or independent contractor under the FLSA. A Final Rule on the Independent Contractor regulations was issued on January 10, 2024. It is scheduled to go into effect on March 11, 2024. To address these thorny topics and more, we welcome back Ellen Kearns, the editor-in-chief for Bloomberg Law’s FLSA treatise, to guide us through these latest developments in the wage and hour field during this “can’t miss” session on a topic that we routinely address for our clients.

Ellen C. Kearns, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, Boston, MA
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. A Deep Dive into Workplace Accommodations

Join Sid Steinberg and Tiffany Snow for an in-depth discussion of workplace accommodations, with a particular emphasis on religious (including the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Groff v. DeJoy decision), disability, and pregnancy accommodations and FMLA leave.

Sidney R. Steinberg, Pierson Ferdinand LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Tiffany Snow, Rocket Central, Detroit, MI
11:25 a.m. A Chat with EEOC Commissioner Sonderling: The Perils and Promises of Artificial Intelligence in Employment Decision-Making

Since his appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Keith Sonderling has led the Commission in focusing on the issues around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in employment decision-making and human resources. As employment law practitioners we have some knowledge of the uses and discrimination risks of AI-driven technologies. This presentation provides a unique opportunity to expand upon that knowledge, and to address questions to Commissioner Sonderling who, drawing on real-world examples, will provide insight into the perils, and the Agency’s current and future enforcement focus, around use of AI to make employment decisions.

Keith Sonderling, U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, Washington D.C.
Jill Pedigo Hall, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., Madison, WI
12:30 p.m. DRI Cares: Blessings in a Backpack

Click here for details on Blessings in a Backpack.
12:45 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch

Join the Drug and Medical Device Seminar attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none!
2:00 p.m. Glorious Laborious – The Definitive Update On The Year’s Labor Law Developments

Jean Faure and Kevin Carr team up to bring you a comprehensive update of the year’s most significant NLRB developments in a rapid-fire, entertaining format.

Jean Elizabeth Faure, Faure Holden - Attorneys at Law, PC, Great Falls, MT
Kevin L. Carr, Spilman Thomas and Battle, PLLC, Jacksonville, FL
3:00 p.m. Out at Work: Legal Developments and Practical Guidance in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protections

Following the Supreme Court landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County holding discrimination because of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is discrimination “because of sex” under Title VII, federal, state, local and administrative law continues to evolve rapidly. This session will cover recent developments and emerging issues, including recent litigation and takeaways on the intersection of religious rights, the EEOC’s new harassment guidance and activity in LGBTQ+ rights, and hot issues with best practices for employers related to LGBTQ employees, including pronouns, bathrooms, naming conventions, etc.

Kate Kleba, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA
Nonnie L. Shivers, Ogletree Deakins, Phoenix, AZ
4:00 p.m. Employment and Labor Law Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
4:30 p.m. Small Group Networking
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception

Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception.
Click here for details.
8:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Sandy L. Morris, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C., Chicago, IL
9:10 a.m. Following the Rules in Workplace Investigations

Please join outside counsel from coast-to-coast for an in-depth discussion of a myriad of issues through the life of a workplace investigation conducted by counsel, including engagement, scoping, interviewing, document gathering, reporting, and addressing post-investigation claims. This discussion is intended to be interactive and informative, equipping even seasoned investigation attorneys with new skills and guidance to bring to their practices and reduce risk to their clients and their firms.

Stan Graham, Holland & Knight LLP, Nashville, TN

Sarah Sloan Batson, Maynard Nexsen PC, Greenville, SC
Jean Ohman Back, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., Portland, OR
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25 a.m. A View from the Bench

Enhance your practice with valuable insights from federal judges. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of what judges are actually thinking.

The Honorable Ajmel A. Quereshi, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt, MD
The Honorable Adam B. Abelson, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Jaime W. Luse, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Baltimore, MD
11:25 a.m. Attorney’s Obligations In Securing Client And Firm Data And Other Ethical Considerations

Join Laura and Sean for a discussion on the ethical obligations related to the security of client and employee data, the impact of cyber security and developments in this area on attorney engagements, disclosures to clients, and involving firm employees.

Laura Clark Fey, Fey LLC, Leawood, KS
Sean C. Griffin, Robinson & Cole LLP, Washington, D.C.
12:25 p.m. Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

The seminar will take place at Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009.
To contact the hotel directly, call 202-483-3000.

A very limited number of discounted hotel rooms remain in DRI's group room block at the Washington Hilton. These rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Take advantage of the group rate of $290.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

If there is not availability in DRI’s group room block at the Washington Hilton for your required dates, please use the link below to reserve a room at a nearby available hotel.

Alternative Hotels

If you are planning on attending the seminar and the DRI room block does not have availability for your travel dates, search for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel**. Book online or call 1-800-559-3186 for assistance; for International callers 1-619-546-5773.

**aRes Travel is a third-party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. Questions on hotel policies or payments made on aRes website should be directed to the aRes Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.

CLE Information

Earn up to TBD hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) From this seminar.

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In some states that charge late CLE submission fees, there will be a $100 late fee to report CLE credits submitted more than 30 days after a seminar/virtual event. Click the button below for more details.

CLE Late Fees


DRI's Employment and Labor Law Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

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DRI Cares

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Tuesday, May 21. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Washington, D.C. community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

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