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2013 NELC Conference Agenda

Four Seasons Hotel, Houston TX
April 24 – 26, 2013

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. OPENING PLENARY
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

SESSION #1
IT'S THE ELECTION, STUPID! WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE 2012 ELECTION

Moderator:
Shanda Galloway Sedalia – ManTech International Corporation, Fairfax, VA

Speakers:    
Darrell Gay – Arent Fox LLP, New York, NY
Lisa Modica – Halliburton, Houston, TX
Charles Wilson – Cozen O’Connor, Houston, TX

Articles and Publications:
EEOC Initiatives and Trends - by Charles Wilson
It's the Election Stupid - Affordable Care Act - by Lisa Modica

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAK
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SESSION #2
LIGHT-DUTY, A HEAVY TOPIC: BEST PRACTICES FOR LIGHT-DUTY/TRANSITIONAL WORK POLICIES UNDER THE ADA AND THE FMLA

Moderator: 
Barbara A. Dunlap – Walgreens Co., Danville IL

Speakers:    
Natasha L. Wilson  – Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Stephanie Gaines  – Walgreens Co., Danville, IL
E. Jewelle Johnson – Graphic Packaging International, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Articles and Publications:
Light Duty, A Heavy Topic

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SESSION #3
THE AFTERMATH OF NOEL CANNING – WHAT NOW?

Moderator:  
Eric Barnum – Schiff Hardin LLP, Atlanta, GA

Speakers:    
M. Carter DeLorme – Jones Day, Washington, DC
Grady B. Murdock – Littler Mendelson, P.C., Chicago, IL
Deanna W. Dudley – Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Articles and Publications:
The Aftermath of Noel Canning - What Now?

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. WELCOME RECEPTION
   

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

SESSION #4
HAVE YOU HEARD THE ONE ABOUT . . . LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Moderator:
Candice Wooten Brown – HR Strategic Partner, RAI Services Company, Winston-Salem, NC

Speakers:
Jerry Hunter – Bryan Cave, St. Louis, MO
Scott Davidson – Locke Lord, LLP, Houston, TX

Articles and Publications:
Notable Case Decisions - by Scott Davidson
Recent Developments in Law and Procedure

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MORNING BREAK
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

BREAKOUT #1
ARMED AND DANGEROUS: PROTECTING YOUR EMPLOYEES FROM VIOLENCE

Moderator:
Sheldon Snipe – AT&T Services, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Speakers:
Celeste Bradley – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc., Chattanooga, TN
Waverly Crenshaw – Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Nashville, TN
Maria Audero – Paul Hastings, Los Angeles, CA
Yendelela Neely Anderson – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Atlanta, GA

Articles and Publications:
Armed and Dangerous White Paper
Armed and Dangerous - Supplement to NELC White Paper
Armed and Dangerous Protecting Your Employees from Violence

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

BREAKOUT #2
NAFTA: MINIMIZING RISKS AS A NORTH AMERICAN EMPLOYER

Moderator:
Carolyn Lam, PLH Group, Inc., Irving, TX

Speakers:    
Monica Schiaffino – Littler Mendelson, P.C., Monterrey, Mexico
Rachel Solyom – McCarthy Tetrault S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l. Montreal, QC, Canada
Rafael Medina – McDonald’s Corporation, Chicago, IL

Articles and Publications:
Cross-Border - Navigating Canadian Employment Law - By Rachel Solyom
The Basics of Mexican Labor Law article - By Monica Schiaffino
NAFTA - Minimizing Risks as a North American Employer

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT #3
ETHICAL MINEFIELDS AND EDISCOVERY: A PERFECT MATCH
(ETHICS CLE CREDIT)

Moderator:
David Powell – Ogletree Deakins, Denver, CO

Speakers:
April Ramsey – Dignity Health, San Francisco, CA
Theodora R. Lee – Littler Mendelson, P.C., San Francisco, CA
Theodore Borromeo – McKesson Corp., San Francisco, CA

Articles and Publications:
Ethical Minefields and E-Discovery: A Perfect Match - by Theodora R. Lee

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT #4
THE NEW GOLD RUSH: CALIFORNIA'S LATEST WAVE OF LAWS FAVORING EMPLOYEES

Moderator:
L. Julius M. Turman – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco, CA

Speakers:    
Gary T. Lafayette – Lafayette & Kumagai LLP, San Francisco, CA
Candice S. Petty – Davis Wright Tremaine, San Francisco, CA
Mireya Llaurado – FedEx Freight, Santa Clara, CA

Articles and Publications:
The New Gold Rush - By Julius Turman

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LUNCH – “Perspectives on The Future of Employment Litigation”

Moderators:
Darrell Gay – Arent Fox LLP, New York, NY
Rafael Medina – McDonald’s Corporation, Chicago, IL

Speakers:    
The Honorable David Coar (RET.) – JAMS
Jacqueline A. Berrien – Chair of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Christopher Reynolds – Group VP & General Counsel, Toyota Motor Sales

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT #5
WAGE AND HOUR LITIGATION/INCREASED DOL ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY/APPLICATION OF DUKES TO COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

Moderator:
Barbara Johnson – Paul Hastings, Washington DC

Speakers:

Lindbergh Porter – Littler Mendelson, P.C., San Francisco, CA
Archangela DeSilva – Spectra Energy Corp., Houston, TX
Tonya Jordan – Conoco Phillips, Houston, TX

Articles and Publications:
Exhibit A - Wage and Hour Litigation
NELC Panel Discussion - Wage and Hour Law
Wage and Hour Law Update - by Barbara L. Johnson
Wage and Hour Litigation - by Lindbergh Porter

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT #6
THEY'RE NOT OUR EMPLOYEES. REALLY!: LEGAL COMPLIANCE IN THE AGE OF THE CONTINGENT WORKFORCE

Moderator:
Joan Harris – Wells Fargo Bank, Minneapolis, MN

Speakers:
Mark Crawford – BP America, Inc., Houston, TX
Ruthie White – Jackson Lewis, Houston, TX
Tamula Yelling – Constangy, Brook & Smith, LLP, Birmingham, AL
Daniel N. Ramirez - Monty & Ramirez LLP, Houston, TX

Articles and Publications:
Contingent Workers - Continuing Dilemma of the Non-Employee Workforce

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SESSION #5
THE JOURNEY FROM LEGAL TECHNICIAN TO TRUSTED ADVISOR: PICK UP YOUR ROAD MAP HERE

Moderator:
Debra Hunter Johnson, Vice Pres. – CLO & CHRO, Reciprocity Restaurant Group, Dallas, TX

Speakers:
Kevin Clunis – Colgate-Palmolive Co., New York, NY
Christopher Reynolds  Group VP & General Counsel – Toyota Motor Sales, Torrance, CA
Belinda Shannon, VP Compliance, EEO, Diversity & ER – GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC
Julia Simon   VP, Assoc. General Counsel & Corporate Secretary – Mary Kay, Addison, TX
Camille Stearns Miller, Partner – White Wiggins, Dallas, TX

Articles and Publications:
Exhibit A - Ethics Rules
The Journey from Legal Technician to Trusted Advisor
The Journey from Legal Technician to Trusted Advisor presentation
Woolf - People Magazine 8/10/1998

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. RECEPTION
   

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

SESSION #6
WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS: HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMPLIANCE ON TRIAL

Moderator:
David Bowman – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Boston, MA

Speakers:
Monique Gougisha Doucette – Ogletree Deakins, New Orleans, LA
Canetta Ivy Reid - Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, MI
Andrez Carberry – Avon Products, Inc., New York, NY

Articles and Publications:
Armed and Dangerous: Protecting your Employees from Violence
Workplace Investigations: Preparing for Trial

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. MORNING BREAK
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

BREAKOUT #7
IT'S MORE THAN JUST THE XS AND YS: GETTING A HANDLE ON GENDER IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION IN THE WORKPLACE

Moderator:  
Aisha Sanchez – Ford Harrison LLP, Tampa, FL

Speakers:

Robert Falk – Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, DC
Robyn Hill - Martin – Ignite, Houston, TX
Ethel Johnson – Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Houston, TX

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

BREAKOUT #8
NO UNION, NO PROBLEM...BUT IS IT? THE NLRA'S IMPACT ON NON-UNION EMPLOYERS

Moderator:
Gary Harrison Ducros – Frito-Lay, Plano, TX

Speakers:
Dean Burrell –Arbitrator-Mediator/Workplace Investigator, Phoenix, AZ
Darren Jones – United Parcel Services, Atlanta, GA
Samantha Barlow Martinez – Muskat, Martinez & Mahouy, LLP, Houston, TX

Articles and Publications:
No Union No Problem
No Union No Problem presentation

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LUNCH“Q&A With the Chairman: A Discussion With Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman, National Labor Relations Board”

Moderator:
Jerry M. Hunter – Bryan Cave, St. Louis, MO

Speaker:
Mark Gaston Pearch – Chairman, National Labor Relations Board

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

SESSION #7
ETHICS AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
– (Ethics CLE Credit)

Moderator:
Joseph Centeno – Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Speaker:
Dennis Duffy – Baker Hostetler LLP, Houston, TX

Articles and Publications:
Legal Ethics and Crisis Management
Selected Ethics and Professionalism Issues Labor and Employment Lawyers

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CLOSING PLENARY