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Speaking Engagements

Emerging Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law (Cleveland)

March 6, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Emerging Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law (Cleveland)

March 6, 2018

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 to 9:05 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Speaker: Thomas R. Simmons, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

9:05 to 9:45 a.m.

Frontiers in Employment Law

Speakers: Carl F. Muller, Partner; Christine M. Snyder, Counsel; and Dana S. Elfvin, Associate, Tucker Ellis LLP

Discussion Points: This presentation will focus on the next wave of employment law issues beginning to take hold around the country and how legislatures, administrative agencies, and courts are defining these emerging areas. In particular, we will discuss the following: equal pay, pay ratio laws, pay history inquiries, paid sick leave, parental leave, predictable scheduling, protection for part-time workers, biometric data, and LGBTQ protections.

9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

ERISA Hot Topics

Speaker: Scott J. Stitt, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

Discussion Points: Recent developments in ERISA and employee benefits law, including:

  • The latest developments regarding the fees in 401(k) and 403(b) plans – new lawsuits, claims against colleges and healthcare systems, and the DOL’s fiduciary rule
  • The impact of tax reform on benefit plans and executive compensation
  • New developments with unions and multi-employer plans, such as withdrawal liability concerns in pension plans and claims for lifetime healthcare
10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

A Brave New World: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Speakers: Thomas R. Simmons, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP; Laura Simmons, HR Manager/Employment Practices Liability Claims Manager, ABA Insurance Services

Discussion Points: More than 30 years after being recognized as a claim by the U.S. Supreme Court, sexual harassment has never been a hotter topic. Our discussion will cover:

  • The latest sexual harassers to go down and the employers who pay the settlements
  • The expanding sources of sexual harassment claims – texting, social media, third parties, off-work conduct, and more
  • Recent developments in sexual harassment law
  • Practical tips and guidance to avoid sexual harassment claims
10:45 to 10:55 a.m. Break
10:55 to 11:25 a.m.

Benefits Law in Corporate Transactions

Speakers: Ann M. Caresani, Partner, and Thomas R. Peppard Jr., Counsel, Tucker Ellis LLP

Discussion Points: Employee benefits are typically not top of mind for parties that are engaged in mergers and acquisitions. But we have seen deals screech to a halt – or even fail – based on these matters. Timely identifying and properly addressing any potential issues will help ensure that the parties can focus their attention on the bigger picture issues. Our panel, with benefits counsel and M&A counsel, will bridge the gap and discuss high-level benefits matters and their impact on corporate transactions.

11:25 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Employment Issues That Keep You Up at Night

Speakers: Daniel L. Messeloff, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP; David M. Stringer, Deputy General Counsel, Progressive Insurance; Karen Kaminski, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, TravelCenters of America

Discussion Points: From continued implications of the #MeToo movement and increased awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, to heightened cybersecurity concerns, to employees’ expanded use of social media, to cyberbullying and beyond, 2018 promises to bring a wide range of new concerns to the minds of in-house employment counsel and HR executives. This panel will discuss what issues are the most concerning to employment professionals, and how those concerns are being addressed and resolved to ensure that companies are complying with the law, no matter what the future may bring.

12:05 to 12:10 p.m. Final Thoughts and Wrap-Up

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Tucker Ellis LLP is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 2.75 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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