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Onsite Program

2023 Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium

Total Credits: 6.0 MCLE, 6.0 Kansas Credit

Practice Area:
Labor / Employment
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark - St. Louis, Missouri



2023 Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium
November 3, 2023
St. Louis | Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

8-9 a.m. | Breakfast

8:30-9 a.m. | Registration

9-9:50 a.m. | Judicial panel        
Speakers: Hon. Stanley Wallach,
Circuit Court of St. Louis County, St. Louis; Hon. Jason Sengheiser, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis; Hon. Chris McDonough, Presiding Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, St. Charles; Hon. Robert Clayton, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, St. Louis

9:50-10 a.m. | Break

10-10:50 a.m. | Mental health parity and ERISA
Speaker: Christyona J. Pham
, U.S. Department of Labor, Kansas City
The mental health parity presentation will provide a primer on federal mental health laws. The presentation will inform attendees of participant/employee rights and plan fiduciary obligations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as it pertains to mental health and substance use disorder benefits. A list of potential compliance issues will also be discussed. Additionally, supplemental materials include publications geared towards claimants and compliance tools for use by plan service providers and fiduciaries.

10:50-11 a.m. | Break

11-11:50 a.m. | Negligent hiring/retention/supervision
Speaker: Laura E. Clubb
, The Clubb Law Firm LLC, Cape Girardeau

11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lunch (provided)

1-1:50 p.m. | Wage and hour law         
Speaker: Raymond A. Dake
, Siro Smith Dickson, Kansas City; Sarah Jane Hunt, Kennedy Hunt PC, St. Louis

1:50-2 p.m. | Break

2-2:50 p.m. | Current status of non-compete law and restrictive covenants in employment        
Speaker: Emma R. Schuering
, Polsinelli PC, Kansas City; Frances Barbieri, World Wide Technology, St. Louis
A discussion of the changing status of noncompete clauses, potential laws and agency rules limiting enforceability, and how this impacts employers and employees.

2:50-3 p.m. | Break

3-3:50 p.m. | The new age of labor: The NLRB expands its influence beyond unionized workplace
Speaker: Dean S. Kpere-Daibo
, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, St. Louis

3:50 | Adjourned 



Frances Barbieri's Profile

Frances Barbieri Related Seminars and Products

World Wide Technology

Fran Barbieri has been the Chief Counsel for Litigation and Employment at World Wide Technology since 2020. In this role, she oversees the litigation and employment law for the company. Prior to coming to WWT, Fran was employment counsel for U.S. Bank, and previously practiced employment law at Littler Mendelson, PC. Fran cares deeply about community service and advancing DEI in the workplace. She is currently the leader of WWT Ohana, the employee resource group for Asian and Pacific Islander employees and allies; President of the board of directors for non-profit Nurses for Newborns; and a board member for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as President of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association. Fran graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and from the Washington University School of Law. 

Hon. Robert Clayton's Profile

Hon. Robert Clayton Related Seminars and Products

Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District

Judge Clayton is a graduate of Hannibal Public Schools, Southern Methodist University and the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Clayton was in private practice as a partner at Clayton & Curl, in Hannibal (1994-2003).  He also served as State Representative (1994-2002), and was appointed to the Public Service Commission in 2003 (Chairman 2009-2011).  He was appointed to the Bench in 2011 and retained by the voters in November 2012.  He served as Chief Judge 2013-2014.  He is active in numerous bar associations, regionally and nationally.  He serves as First Vice President of The State Historical Society of Missouri, a Trustee of the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society, and Board member of the MACC Foundation.  He is President of Affordable Community Education, Inc., a higher education non-profit serving Northeast Missouri.  He is a member of the Hannibal YMCA Men’s Club.  He is married with two opinionated daughters.  

Laura Clubb's Profile

Laura Clubb Related Seminars and Products

The Clubb Law Firm , L.L.C.

Laura Clubb is an attorney with The Clubb Law Firm, LLC, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  She has been in private practice for sixteen years and focuses her practice on employment law and family law.   Since entering private practice, Laura has conducted more than 200 bench trials and has appeared in more than three dozen counties in Missouri, before the Southern and Eastern District Courts of Appeal, and before the Missouri Supreme Court.   Laura graduated in 1993 from Missouri State University and is a 1998 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review and was awarded the Thomas Deacy, Jr., award for excellence in trial advocacy.  Laura spent the first ten years of her career with the Missouri Attorney General’s office, where she was attorney-manager of the Consumer Complaint Unit and Chief Counsel of the Consumer Protection Division.  Laura and her husband, attorney J.P. Clubb, established The Clubb Law Firm, LLC, in 2007.

Raymond Dake's Profile

Raymond Dake Related Seminars and Products

Siro Smith Dickson PC

Raymond Dake is a partner at the law firm of Siro Smith Dickson PC in Kansas City, Missouri and represents plaintiffs in employment litigation matters, including discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wage and hour issues, and personal injury litigation.

Sarah Hunt's Profile

Sarah Hunt Related Seminars and Products

Kennedy Hunt P.C.

Sarah Jane Hunt is an accomplished attorney who focuses her practice in civil rights, employment and special education disputes. She has extensive experience representing sober homes, disability rights agencies, and individuals in fair housing matters in federal and state court. Sarah Jane also litigates collective and class actions relating to unpaid wages and overtime under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws.

Dean Kpere-Daibo's Profile

Dean Kpere-Daibo Related Seminars and Products

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Dean’s passion is assisting employers build the systems, cultures, and procedures to create an environment that allows employees to perform at their best while being their authentic selves in the workplace. He leverages his unique background as a Labor and Employment Attorney, a community advocate, and personal life experiences to address conflicts from all angles and create relationships that lead to lasting organizational change. For nearly a decade, 
Dean has devoted his practice to representing employers in traditional labor matters, including providing labor guidance, defending unfair labor practice charges in front of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), and defending alleged violations of collective bargaining agreements. Dean also has extensive experience providing supervisor training and representing employers in representation proceedings before the NLRB. 


Hon. William McDonough's Profile

Hon. William McDonough Related Seminars and Products

Presiding Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit

Christyona Pham's Profile

Christyona Pham Related Seminars and Products

U.S. Department of Labor

Christyona Pham is a Senior Benefits Advisor for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Ms. Pham has been part of EBSA's Office of Outreach, Education, and Assistance (OEA) since August 2016. OEA administers the Participant and Compliance Outreach, Education and Assistance Program. One aspect of the program is providing participant and compliance assistance directly to the public by answering inquiries and complaints received by phone, mail, electronically or in person. Prior to starting as a Benefits Advisor, Ms. Pham was a student intern for EBSA from November 2015 to May 2015. Ms. Pham obtained her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Missouri in 2012 and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2016.

Emma Schuering's Profile

Emma Schuering Related Seminars and Products


Polsinelli, PC

Emma R. Schuering is a shareholder at Polsinelli PC, where she specializes in representing companies in litigation involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets and claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment.  Emma represents employers in all stages of litigation, from the earliest phases of a dispute through trial and appeal. 

Hon. Jason Sengheiser's Profile

Hon. Jason Sengheiser Related Seminars and Products

Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis

Jason  Sengheiser  is a Circuit Judge in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis

Sengheiser  received  a  B.A. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in German Studies  from  Saint  Louis  University  in  2000,  a J.D. from Saint Louis University  School of Law in 2003, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2006.


Sarah Swatosh's Profile

Sarah Swatosh Related Seminars and Products

Law Office of Sarah N Swatosh LLC

Sarah N. Swatosh joined Sedey Harper Westhoff as a partner in 2020. Sarah focuses her practice on employment, wrongful termination and labor law. For the past five years, Sarah has exclusively represented employees, first at her own law firm and now at Sedey Harper Westhoff. Before opening the firm, Sarah practiced law at the largest international employment defense law firm. Since then, she has recovered millions of dollars for employees who have lost their jobs and suffered harassment on the job.
After serving as a management-side employment lawyer for nearly a decade, Sarah understands the many ways that defense attorneys may attack employment law claims, as well as conceal the weaknesses in employers’ cases. In short, the insight Sarah has learned about how companies value employees’ claims is an invaluable asset to you in your pursuit of justice.

Hon. Stanley Wallach Related Seminars and Products

Circuit Court of St. Louis Co., Circuit Judge

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