University of Texas School of Law
23rd Annual
Labor and Employment Law Conference
Austin May 3-4, 2016 AT&T Conference Center
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Live Webcast May 3-4, 2016
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UT Law CLE

2016 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Program Features
The 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference offers two days of timely updates and emerging trends in employment law from leading members of the employment law bench and bar along with HR and personnel experts. Highlights include:
  • An exploration of the technology-fueled sharing economy on the relationship between companies, consumers and service providers with Jason Boulette of Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
  • Judicial insights into trends in employment litigation from sitting state and federal judges.
  • Practical tips and techniques on accommodating pregnancy, religion and disability.
  • Discussion of The Impaired Employee or Client with advice on how to identify and address suicidal tendencies and mental health crises in the course of your practice.
  • Ethics and professionalism update for employment lawyers.
  • Focused presentation series on litigation and workforce strategies.
  • The latest on federal and state employment case law and legislative developments, including disability issues under the ADA, guidance under the NLRA and more.

UT Law CLE

2016 Labor and Employment Law Conference

11/22/19
Schedule

Tuesday Morning

Presiding Officer:
Laura M. Merritt, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.75 hr

State Employment Law Update: Texas and Beyond

A review of employment-related developments under Texas state law with a discussion of significant new Texas cases and important trends in other states.

Clara "C. B." Burns, Kemp Smith LLP - El Paso, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Federal Law Developments

An analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions and significant federal cases, legislative developments and regulatory changes.

Linda Ottinger Headley, Littler Mendelson P.C. - Houston, TX

10:00 am

0.50 hr

Wage and Hour Update

In recent years, wage and hour lawsuits have proliferated. This presentation examines the intricacies of the FLSA and continuing trends, including pending Supreme Court cases involving wage and hour issues.

Robert E. Sheeder, Bracewell - Dallas, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

The Future of Employment

Explore the effects of the sharing economy on the traditional employment model as companies use technology to connect providers and end-users in novel ways and employees increasingly view themselves as individual entrepreneurs with their own business aspirations. Specific topics include the scope of the limitations of the employee vs. contractor classification system, the use of arbitration agreements as a response to judicial second-guessing, the scope of an employee’s fiduciary duty, the ownership of employee inventions, and some of the potential consequences associated with replacing the traditional employment model with individually-defined, market-driven, peer-to-peer business relationships.

Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

11:30 am

0.75 hr

Recent Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act

In the past year, a revitalized National Labor Relations Board has addressed a number of significant issues affecting union and nonunion workplaces. Hear recent developments from regulation of employer arbitration and e-mail policies to expansion of the joint employer doctrine.

Jay K. Rutherford, Jackson Walker LLP - Fort Worth, TX
Rod Tanner, Tanner and Associates, PC - Fort Worth, TX

12:15 pm

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

Included in registration.

Tuesday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
Kenneth D. Hughes, Hughes Roch LLP - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:35 pm

0.75 hr

Judicial Insights

Hear federal and state judges discuss trends in employment law and get practical tips for working effectively with the judiciary.

Moderator:
John V. Jansonius, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Alfred H. Bennett, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Robert L. Pitman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio and Austin, TX
Hon. Melody M. Wilkinson, 17th District Court - Fort Worth, TX

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.75 hr

Public Sector Update

Developments in substantive and procedural due process protections, as well as underlying principles governing public sector employment law.

Ricardo J. Navarro, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde & Zech, P.C. - Harlingen, TX

2:20 pm

0.50 hr

Federal Contracting Update

Who is now considered a federal contractor (you may be surprised!), updates on obligations and recent Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations and executive orders.

Shafeeqa W. Giarratani, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

2:50 pm
Break

Track A: Litigation Strategies

Presiding Officer:
Robert E. Sheeder, Bracewell - Dallas, TX
3:00 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Austin Only

Trade Secret and Non-Compete Update

A discussion of recent cases involving trade secrets and non-competes, including an emphasis on practical courtroom advice.

Elizabeth Siberry Chestney, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
Hon. Grant Dorfman, 334th District Court - Houston, TX
Kenneth D. Hughes, Hughes Roch LLP - Houston, TX

3:45 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Austin Only

Arbitration Strategies

A lawsuit was filed, but there is an arbitration agreement. Now what? From compelling arbitration to trying a case before an arbitrator, survey decision points from the beginning of a dispute to enforcing or appealing an arbitral award and ethical issues unique to the arbitration world.

Vanessa M. Griffith, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX
Christopher H. Hahn, Dell - Round Rock, TX

4:15 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Hot Topics and Trends in FLSA Collective Actions

Attorneys from both sides of the bar will keep you up to date about the latest trends in conditional certification and the hottest topics facing lawyers litigating in this fast-growing area.

J. Derek Braziel, Lee & Braziel, LLP - Dallas, TX
Kevin J. White, Hunton & Williams LLP - Houston, TX

4:45 pm

0.50 hr

Austin Only

Using Experts in Employment Cases

Beyond damages, what insight or support can experts offer in employment cases?

Lauren E. Mutti, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX

5:15 pm

Austin Only

Adjourn

Track B: Workforce Strategies

Presiding Officer:
Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX
3:00 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Anticipating, Receiving and Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Lawyers for employers and employees present a candid discussion of best practices for addressing problems and working effectively to a mutually acceptable resolution.

Vianei Lopez Braun, Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP - Fort Worth, TX
David T. Lopez, Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator - Houston, TX

3:45 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Navigating Employee Data Privacy in the Digital Age

An overview of current hot topics in the area of employee data privacy, including issues regarding the authorized and unauthorized access of employees’ personal information from current and former employers.

Jason M. Storck, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. - Austin, TX

4:15 pm

0.50 hr

What’s New with the Affordable Care Act?

As employers continue to adapt to the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, many new practical challenges have arisen with health plan design, tax reporting, staffing and scheduling practices among others, and more are sure to follow in 2016 and beyond. Explore an up-to-the-minute survey of these and other ACA compliance concerns and obtain practical tips and insights for ensuring that you are prepared for the challenges to come.

Timothy G. Verrall, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Houston, TX

4:45 pm

0.50 hr

Employee Handbooks

Practical tips to update existing policies and adopt new ones in light of recent NLRB, EEOC and court activity.

Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Wednesday Morning

Presiding Officer:
John V. Jansonius, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX

7:30 am

Austin Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Leaves of Absence Update

Discover tips, tricks and strategies to deal with issues like intermittent leave, leave abuse, ADA accommodation, certification and return to work documentation, psychiatric health conditions and more.

Katrina Grider, Attorney at Law - Cypress, TX

9:15 am

0.75 hr

Developments in Disability Discrimination Law: 2015 to 2016

A review of significant developments under the Americans with Disabilities Act and insights into emerging disability issues.

James H. Kizziar Jr., Bracewell - San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC

10:00 am
Break

10:15 am

0.75 hr

Practical Accommodations 

Practical tips and techniques on accommodating pregnancy, religion, gender identity, and disability, and lessons from recent Supreme Court and EEOC guidance on maintaining a productive and orderly work environment while steering clear of violating employee rights.

Shannon B. Schmoyer, Schmoyer Reinhard LLP - San Antonio, TX

11:00 am

0.75 hr ethics

The Impaired Employee or Client

How to identify and address suicidal risks and mental health crises in employee and clients.

Searcy L. Simpson Jr., Law Offices of Skip Simpson - Frisco, TX

11:45 am

Austin Only

Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

Included in registration.

Wednesday Afternoon

Presiding Officer:
James H. Kizziar Jr., Bracewell - San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:05 pm

0.75 hr

Lawyers, Guns, and Money

The Texas Legislature has been on a steady march to broaden the places and manner in which firearms may be possessed. Learn how it affects employers and employees, and see the role lawyers have to play, as well.

Michael J. Golden, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

 
12:50 pm
Break

1:05 pm

0.50 hr

Modern Hiring

An exploration of common mistakes employers should avoid in the hiring process, including the use of outdated applications, performing background checks which are unlawful under the FCRA and Title VII, relying on overly aggressive social media policies and using words which create red flags in job postings.

Victoria Martin Phipps, Littler Mendelson P.C. - Houston, TX

1:35 pm

0.75 hr

Pretext

Pretext from the perspective of an experienced worker-side attorney—learn what employers are doing today that may get them in trouble tomorrow. 

Amy Gibson, Gibson Wiley PLLC - Dallas, TX

2:20 pm

0.50 hr

Guardians of the IP Law Galaxy: What Employment Lawyers Need to Know

Employment lawyers are often closest to the daily employment law issues that actually impact a client’s intellectual property. Get practical tools to protect your clients in this quickly transforming information age.

Howard L. Steele Jr., Steele Law Group, PLLC - Houston, TX
Daisy Olivera, Buzz Points - Austin, TX

2:50 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Ethics for Employment Lawyers

Annual update on cutting-edge ethics issues in employment litigation and counseling including, attorney-client privilege and waiver issues, ethical issues in internal investigations, ex parte communication issues, employee use of social media and employer computer equipment, in-house ethical issues, and ethics and disclosure issues in settlement and negotiations.

Dennis P. Duffy, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

3:35 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2016 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Hon. Alfred H. Bennett
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Jason Boulette
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Vianei Lopez Braun
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP
Fort Worth, TX
J. Derek Braziel
Lee & Braziel, LLP
Dallas, TX
Clara "C. B." Burns
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
Elizabeth Siberry Chestney
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Grant Dorfman
334th District Court
Houston, TX
Dennis P. Duffy
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX
Shafeeqa W. Giarratani
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
Amy Gibson
Gibson Wiley PLLC
Dallas, TX
Michael J. Golden
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Katrina Grider
Attorney at Law
Cypress, TX
Vanessa M. Griffith
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Christopher H. Hahn
Dell
Round Rock, TX
Linda Ottinger Headley
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
Kenneth D. Hughes
Hughes Roch LLP
Houston, TX
John V. Jansonius
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr.
Bracewell
San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC
David T. Lopez
Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator
Houston, TX
Steven L. Mierl
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Lauren E. Mutti
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
Ricardo J. Navarro
Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde & Zech, P.C.
Harlingen, TX
Daisy Olivera
Buzz Points
Austin, TX
Victoria Martin Phipps
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
Hon. Robert L. Pitman
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio and Austin, TX
Jay K. Rutherford
Jackson Walker LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Shannon B. Schmoyer
Schmoyer Reinhard LLP
San Antonio, TX
Robert E. Sheeder
Bracewell
Dallas, TX
Searcy L. Simpson Jr.
Law Offices of Skip Simpson
Frisco, TX
Howard L. Steele Jr.
Steele Law Group, PLLC
Houston, TX
Jason M. Storck
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Austin, TX
Rod Tanner
Tanner and Associates, PC
Fort Worth, TX
Timothy G. Verrall
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Houston, TX
Kevin J. White
Hunton & Williams LLP
Houston, TX
Hon. Melody M. Wilkinson
17th District Court
Fort Worth, TX

Planning Committee

Laura M. Merritt—Chair
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Jason Boulette
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Richard R. Brann
Baker Botts
Houston, TX
Vianei Lopez Braun
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP
Fort Worth, TX
Clara "C. B." Burns
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
B. Lee Crawford Jr.
City of Austin Law Department
Austin, TX
Dennis P. Duffy
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX
Michael W. Fox
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Austin, TX
Malinda A. Gaul
Law Offices of Gaul and Dumont
San Antonio, TX
Amy Gibson
Gibson Wiley PLLC
Dallas, TX
Brian S. Greig
Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX
Christopher H. Hahn
Dell
Round Rock, TX
Linda Ottinger Headley
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
Charles C. High Jr.
Kemp Smith LLP
El Paso, TX
Kenneth D. Hughes
Hughes Roch LLP
Houston, TX
John V. Jansonius
Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX
James H. Kizziar Jr.
Bracewell
San Antonio, TX and Washington, DC
David T. Lopez
Attorney-Arbitrator-Mediator
Houston, TX
Victoria Martin Phipps
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Houston, TX
Deborah Salzberg
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Shannon B. Schmoyer
Schmoyer Reinhard LLP
San Antonio, TX
Robert E. Sheeder
Bracewell
Dallas, TX
Howard L. Steele Jr.
Steele Law Group, PLLC
Houston, TX
Rod Tanner
Tanner and Associates, PC
Fort Worth, TX

UT Law CLE

2016 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
14.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
14.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Oklahoma
17.00 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Other Credit

Human Resources PHR/SPHR/GPHR
14.00 hrs
Additional Information
This activity has been approved for recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. A HRCI Certificate with the activity ID number will be included as part of the course materials provided at the conference. This type of accreditation (HRCI) is only available for live conferences, and does not apply to live webcasts.

For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org
Human Resources SHRM-CPSM / SHRM-SCPSM
14.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
TX Accounting CPE
16.50 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

MCLE Credit

Texas
14.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Labor and Employment Law
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
14.00 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Oklahoma
17.00 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
16.50 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

UT Law CLE

2016 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Key Dates

Austin

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Apr 27, 2016
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (5-9 ppl) early registration: Apr 22, 2016
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group (10 or more ppl) early registration: Apr 22, 2016
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 27, 2016
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 29, 2016
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 3, 2016
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 27, 2016
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Apr 29, 2016
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2016 Labor and Employment Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Austin

AT&T Conference Center

The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX
877.744.8822 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$185 room rate good through April 18, 2016 (subject to availability).
Reserve your room online

Parking Information

Free daily self-parking at UT garages. Separate fees apply for valet and overnight parking.