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Speaking Engagements

Emerging Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law (Columbus)

April 9, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Emerging Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law (Columbus)

April 9, 2018

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 to 1:35 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

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

1:35 to 2:15 p.m.

Frontiers in Employment Law

Speakers: Carl F. Muller, Partner and Christine M. Snyder, Counsel, 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.

2:15 to 2:45 p.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 health care 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 health care
2:45 to 3:15 p.m.

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
3:15 to 3:25 p.m. Break
3:25 to 3:55 p.m.

Developments in the Employer-Provided Health Care Space

Speakers: Ann M. Caresani, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP; Bobby Handley, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance and Human Resources, Employee Benefit Management Corp

Discussion Points: Eight years after the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we are still getting a lot of questions and seeing new issues. Most recently, the IRS has started issuing penalty notices to employers that go all the way back to 2015 – and this process may not pass Constitutional muster. President Trump asked the Department of Labor to usher in new “association health plans,” a type of multiple employer welfare arrangement, and now we have proposed regulations to allow these. We will discuss these developments, and others, in the employer-provided health care space.

3:55 to 4:35 p.m.

The Impact of President Trump on Wage and Hour Claims and Other Hot Employment Law Issues

Speaker: Daniel L. Messeloff, Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

Discussion Points: This session will discuss the impact of the Trump administration on wage and hour lawsuits that continue to proliferate, as well as other timely employment law subjects: the #MeToo movement in the workplace, cybersecurity concerns, employees’ expanded use of social media, cyberbullying, and other issues that impact companies every day.

4:35 to 4:40 p.m. Final Thoughts and Wrap-Up
4:40 to 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. 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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