No matter where you concentrate your practice, most lawyers find themselves confronted with common labor and employment law questions. You must be prepared to spot issues and provide fast, practical advice. This Symposium will assist you to effectively advise your client – whether an employee, business owner, manager, or human resources professional.
8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration
9:00 – 10:05 AM | The Dynamic Docket & Legal Update
A lively review and analysis of the past year’s most significant Missouri and federal case decisions and developments in employment law, wage and hour, and labor law.
Speakers: Lewis M. Galloway, LG Law LLC, Kansas City & TBA
10:05 – 10:20 AM | Break
10:20 – 11:15 AM | Arbitration & Restricted Covenants
This panel will discuss some of the recent developments regarding the enforceability of mandatory arbitration agreements in Missouri Courts. It will also look at some of the practical issues associated with resolving employment matters by arbitration. Finally, the panel will look at how some recent decisions regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements may also impact the potential enforceability of certain post-employment restrictive covenants.
Speakers: Vincent D. Reese, Mickes O’Toole, LLC, St. Louis and Russell C. Riggan, Riggan Law Firm, LLC, St. Louis
11:15 AM – 12:10 PM | Wage & Hour Update
This session will discuss recently proposed regulations that would change the rules to qualify for exemptions from overtime pay. We will also update attendees on recent wage and hour cases and opinion letters issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Speakers: Thomas E. Berry, Jr., Jackson Lewis PC, St. Louis and Matthew R. Crimmins, Crimmins Law Firm, LLC, Independence
12:10 – 1:30 PM | LUNCH | Provided
12:20 – 1:20 PM | Luncheon presentation: Gender Stereotypes in Missouri
The panel will review the latest developments and trends associated with gender stereotype claims at the administrative level with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as in Missouri state and federal courts. Discussion will include treatment under Title VII, the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), and local ordinances across the state.
Moderator: Sheena R. Hamilton, Dowd Bennett LLP, St. Louis
Panelists: Jessica L. Liss, Jackson Lewis PC, St. Louis and Jessica M. Scales, Sedey Harper Westhoff, PC, St. Louis
1:30 – 2:20 PM | Retaliation Under the MHRA: from Keeney v. Hereford Concrete Products, Inc. to 2019
The last few years have seen changing interpretations to Missouri caselaw on retaliation under the MHRA including questions regarding what are the elements of these claims and how does the claim under the MHRA differ from federal law. Presenters will discuss the changing caselaw from both a defense and plaintiff’s perspective.
Speakers: Julianne O. Germinder, TGH Litigation LLC, Columbia and Antwaun L. Smith, University of Missouri System, Columbia
2:20 – 2:35 PM | Break
2:35 – 3:30 PM | Practical Tips on the Administration Process
This session will provide a plaintiff and defense perspective on effectively handling the administrative process. The session will also address what happens after that process ends, the sometimes final consequences administrative decisions can have on subsequent litigation, and how to effectively prosecute or defend challenges to those decisions.
Speakers: Rex P. Fennessey, McMahon Berger, PC, St. Louis and Joshua M. Pierson, Silverstein & Wolf, LLC, St. Louis
3:30 – 4:30 PM | Hot Ethical Issues in Employment Law
This presentation will feature an experienced legal ethics practitioner who will discuss significant ethical issues employment attorneys regularly face in their practices.
Moderator: Jonathan C. Berns, Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich, LLP, St. Louis
Speaker: Michael Downey, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis
4:30 PM | Adjourn
November 08, 2019