When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Epstein Becker Green’s Annual Workforce Management Briefing will focus on the latest developments in labor and employment law, including:

  • Immigration
  • Global Executive Compensation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internal Cyber Threats
  • Pay Equity
  • People Analytics in Hiring
  • Gig Economy
  • Wage and Hour
  • Paid and Unpaid Leave
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Ethics

We will start the day with two morning Plenary Sessions. The first session is kicked off with Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

We are thrilled to welcome back speakers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Marc Freedman and Katie Mahoney will speak on the latest policy developments in Washington, D.C., that impact employers nationwide during the second plenary session.

Morning and afternoon breakout workshop sessions are being led by attorneys at Epstein Becker Green – including some contributors to this blog! Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chai R. Feldblum, will be making remarks in the afternoon before attendees break into their afternoon workshops. We are also looking forward to hearing from our keynote speaker, Bret Baier, Chief Political Anchor of FOX News Channel and Anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier.

View the full briefing agenda and workshop descriptions here.

Visit the briefing website for more information and to register, and contact Sylwia Faszczewska or Elizabeth Gannon with questions. Seating is limited.

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to be participating in the 2017 National HR In Hospitality Conference & Expo at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on March 27-29, 2017.  EBG is sending two of its hospitality industry focused attorneys to represent the Firm, Jeffrey H. Ruzal and Steven M. Swirsky.

Jeff and his co-panelists will discuss the topic of new wage and hour regulations, which will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017.  This panel of hospitality employment law professionals will cover changes associated with the minimum salary for exempt employees, managing challenges of off-duty work like email and texts; setting up bonus structures, tracking hours; and responding to flexible workweek requests.   Panelists will detail their successes and challenges related to these topics, and offer up valuable actionable insights for your company.

Steve is participating on a panel which will focus on labor management relations –  “Union 2017: Recent Developments.”   The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and cover  new organizing efforts, tactics and law, and renewed emphasis on elections. Session takeaways include identifying what law changes have occurred and how they affect employers; a description of how employers react to these changes; and understanding whether unionization is poised to increase or decrease in the hotel industry.

Jeff and Steve look forward to sharing their knowledge in hospitality law and discussing best practices to avoid many of the recurring legal issues plaguing the hospitality industry.

Employers Under the Microscope: Is Change on the Horizon?

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Epstein Becker Green’s Annual Workforce Management Briefing will focus on the latest developments in labor and employment law, including:

  • Latest Developments from the NLRB
  • Attracting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce
  • ADA Website Compliance
  • Trade Secrets and Non-Competes
  • Managing and Administering Leave Policies
  • New Overtime Rules
  • Workplace Violence and Active-Shooter Situations
  • Recordings in the Workplace
  • Instilling Corporate Ethics

This year, we welcome Marc Freedman and Jim Plunkett from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Marc and Jim will speak at the first plenary session on the latest developments in Washington, D.C., that impact employers nationwide.

We are also excited to have Dr. David Weil, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, serve as the guest speaker at the second plenary session. David will discuss the areas on which the Wage and Hour Division is focusing, including the new overtime rules.

In addition to workshop sessions led by attorneys at Epstein Becker Green – including some contributors to this blog! – we are also looking forward to hearing from our keynote speaker, Former New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton.

View the full briefing agenda here.

Visit the briefing website for more information and to register, and contact Sylwia Faszczewska or Elizabeth Gannon with questions. Seating is limited.

To register for this complimentary webinar, please click here.

I’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “EEOC Wellness Regulations – What Do They Mean for Employer-Sponsored Programs? (April 22, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EDT) presented by my Epstein Becker Green colleagues Frank C. Morris, Jr. and Adam C. Solander.

Below is a description of the webinar:

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its long-awaited proposed regulations governing employer-provided wellness programs under the American’s with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the EEOC had not previously issued regulations governing wellness programs, the EEOC has filed a series of lawsuits against employers alleging that their wellness programs violated the ADA. Additionally, the EEOC has issued a number of public statements, which have concerned employers, indicating that the EEOC’s regulation of wellness programs would conflict with the regulations governing wellness programs under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and jeopardize the programs currently offered to employees.

During this webinar, Epstein Becker Green attorneys will:

  • summarize the EEOC’s recently released proposed regulations
  • discuss where the EEOC’s proposed regulations are inconsistent with the rules currently in place under the ACA and the implications of the rules on wellness programs
  • examine the requests for comments issued by the EEOC and how its proposed regulations may change in the future
  • provide an analysis of what employers should still be concerned about and the implications of the proposed regulations on the EEOC’s lawsuits against employers

Who Should Attend:

  • Employers that offer, or are considering offering, wellness programs
  • Wellness providers, insurers, and administrators

To register for this complimentary webinar, please click here.

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to be participating in the 2014 National HR In Hospitality Conference & Expo at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on April 28-30, 2014.  EBG is sending two of its hospitality industry experts to represent the Firm, Kara M. Maciel and Jeffrey H. Ruzal.

Kara, a Member of the Firm in its Washington, DC office, is Chair of the Hospitality Employment and Labor Law Outreach Group.  Kara’s practice is concentrated on issues related to the hospitality industry where she has represented national hotel chains, hospitality management groups, restaurants and spas. Kara also counsels employers on compliance with the Affordable Care Act, including the Employer Mandate for unionized and non-unionized employers. In 2013, she was appointed Chair of The Affordable Care Act and Wellness Interest Group of the HRA-NCA’s Legislative Committee.

Jeff, a Senior Counsel in EBG’s New York office, is a member of the Hospitality Employment and Labor Law Outreach and Wage and Hour groups.  Jeff’s practice is focused on wage and hour compliance and litigation related to the hospitality industry.  Jeff has represented national restaurant chains, hotels and country clubs.  Prior to joining EBG, Jeff was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor where he was responsible for FLSA enforcement investigations and trials.  Jeff regularly handles frequently litigated wage and hour issues in the hospitality industry, such as misclassification, tip pool and credit issues, and recordkeeping and notice violations.

Kara and Jeff look forward to sharing their expertise in hospitality law and discussing best practices to avoid many of the recurring legal issues plaguing the hospitality industry.  You can reach Kara at (202) 861-5328 or at Kmaciel@ebglaw.com, and Jeff at (212) 351-3762 or at Jruzal@ebglaw.com.          

Kara M. Maciel, Member of the Firm and co-editor of the Hospitality Labor and Employment Law blog will participate in a panel discussion at the Hospitality Law Conference on February 10, 2014 in Houston, Texas.   In this featured panel  –  "Deciphering Government Regulations (ACA, ADA, WARN Act, Sanctioned Person/Entity Challenges) and Their Impact on Management Agreements", Kara will speak on the following areas affecting hospitality employers:

  • Provide an overview of the federal WARN Act, such as the threshold requirements for coverage under WARN; when and to whom hotels must provide WARN notice; termination events that trigger hotels’ WARN notice requirements; and the statutory penalties for non-compliance.
  • Discuss hotel owners’ and managers’ WARN responsibilities during a sale of a hotel.
  • Offer guidance on how hotel managers can build protection against WARN liabilities in their management agreements.
  • Address hotel owners’ and managers’ joint obligations under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act and its corresponding federal regulations.
  • Discuss key revisions to hotels’ policies and procedures regarding service animals, power driven mobility devices, reserving handicap accessible rooms, and communicating with vision, hearing, and speech impaired guests.
  • Discuss key architectural revisions for entrances, swimming pools, spas, parking lots, and ATM’s.
  • Recommend best practices to hotel owners and managers on ensuring ADA-compliant hotels and minimizing vulnerability to “drive by” lawsuits and DOJ investigations.

For more information on the conference, visit hospitalitylawconference.com.

We’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “Data Privacy and Security in the Hospitality Industry Webinar: Legal Strategies Amid Growing Liability Threats"  (Oct. 10, 2:00 p.m. EDT), by our Epstein Becker Green colleagues Kara M. Maciel, Robert J. Hudock, Alaap B. Shah,and Adam C. Solander.

Below is a description of the event:

Privacy and security concerns are natural for businesses in the hospitality industry given the growing use of interconnected electronic data systems to manage transactions and customer accounts. Any information system containing credit card information is a natural target for data theft.

Hospitality businesses must also be concerned about misuse of their data for identity theft purposes and about possible exposure to federal HIPAA ramifications if they possess Protected Health Information ("PHI") within an employee benefits database or elsewhere.

During this informative webinar, we will discuss: 

  • Employee training including policy and procedures;
  • High-strength security protocols in response to identified risks; and
  • Reponses to security breaches in order to mitigate the impact of, and reduce or prevent, identity theft.
  • Privacy and security risk assessments;

To learn more about it, visit Epstein Becker Green or click here for complimentary registration.