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Session 1: Investigations in Today's Woke Workplace - A veteran workplace investigator shares critical tips for ensuring that every complaint investigation is thorough, in good faith, and reliable in the midst of the #MeToo movement, instant social media postings, and polarizing employee relations issues.
Session 2: Reputational Risk: Managing Perceptions with Image Repair - When the reputation of the client is uncertain and “no comment” is not an option, hear from a public relations veteran and an employment attorney on strategies for communicating with the public and employees. This discussion includes the advanced Image Repair Theory crisis communication guide, coordinating the legal and communications team, and the professional ethical rules that govern lawyers when speaking about ongoing conflict.
Session 3: The Boundaries of Employee Free Speech - As social media continues to evolve, employees are increasingly able to express their personal opinions on current events to wider audiences. Examine the rights of employees to express their views both inside and outside the workplace, and the competing rights of public and private employers to respond to those views when they conflict with their own values or those of their customers or employees. Explore when an employer may actually be obligated to take action against an employee for views expressed outside the workplace, including discussion of real-world situations like the events of Charlottesville, VA, the viral misogynistic "manifesto" written by an engineer employed by a giant in the technology industry, and an NFL player’s decision to take a stand by taking a knee.
Session 4: The New Gender and Sexuality - Legal update and practical workplace impact of social and cultural shifts with respect to the evolving terminology and variety of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Session 5: Best Practices in Dispute Resolution - Get practical tips on how to anticipate, avoid, evaluate, negotiate, and resolve workplace conflicts from a mediator and arbitrator with 45 years of experience representing employees and employers.
Session 6: Emerging from the Shadows: Unconscious Bias in the Workplace - While the existence of unconscious bias is inevitable, the way we deal with hidden biases in the workplace is enormously important. Examine how unconscious bias may influence workplace decisions and interactions, and discuss the latest approaches and legal implications for addressing it.
Session 7: Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality - Understand the fundamental tensions in anti-discrimination law, how it impacts plaintiffs and defendants in the litigation system, and hear practical recommendations for how to better respond to persistent patterns of discrimination.
Session 8: Ethics for Employment Attorneys - Get updated on cutting-edge ethics issues, including attorney-client privilege and waiver issues, ex parte communications, access to social media and computer information, inadvertent disclosure and improper acquisition of confidential information, litigation holds and spoliation issues, and settlement negotiations. more »
Session 1: Technology’s Disruption of the Legal Profession - Explore various technologies and emerging platforms that continue to influence the legal industry, including key considerations in implementing these technologies and related ethical concerns.
Session 2: Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology - Lawyers today find that keeping client information safe is more challenging when using today’s technology tools. You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to understand how to avoid ethical missteps related to technology. Lawyer-friendly information on cyber ethics is provided.
Session 3: Artificial Intelligence and its Effect on the Legal Industry - AI is getting a lot of attention, creating fears and in many cases unrealistic expectations. Explore the reality of AI, how it practically can impact legal work flows, and how it can be a positive force that enables lawyers to do their jobs faster, cheaper and better for their clients.
Session 4: Data Analytics: The Answer to Your Law Firm's Innovation Effort - Learn how to easily kick-start your firm’s innovation efforts, close the gender pay gap (for you and your clients), and use data to reduce bias, improve inclusion as part of a diversity and inclusion initiative, and simultaneously use proven scientific methods to improve bottom-line profitability!
Session 5: Avoiding Ethical Issues with Lawyers' Use of Social Media - The world of social media presents a multitude of pitfalls for practitioners and judges alike. Hear from pioneers in the field on how to make the most of social media's advantages without running afoul of applicable disciplinary rules. Listen to a discussion about cutting edge issues not yet addressed under Texas law and proposed disciplinary rules currently under consideration by the Texas Supreme Court.
Session 6: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes - A quick survey of useful apps and tech tips for lawyers, trust officers, and caregivers.
Session 7: Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence - As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. more »
Review recent developments in U.S. data breach and cyber class action litigation, as well as in new and emerging enforcement standards at the federal and state level, including the SEC Guidance On Cybersecurity Disclosures. more »
Recognize the vulnerable points in the employment relationship and learn the best practices in documentation to minimize the problems and maximize the chances of successfully defending the employer’s actions when challenged. Understand the value and risks posed by offer letters, disciplinary documentation, performance evaluations, and termination paperwork. more »
From corporate executives to contract employees, the use of ephemeral data and messaging applications to discuss company business increases daily. Hear an overview of what you need to know about this emerging technology—including how disappearing data works, options for preserving it (when necessary), how to implement and configure ephemeral applications for corporate use, and the benefits and risks associated with the technology (including the implications for document retention, document preservation, and discovery obligations). more »
Session 1: Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality - Understand the fundamental tensions in anti-discrimination law, how it impacts plaintiffs and defendants in the litigation system, and hear practical recommendations for how to better respond to persistent patterns of discrimination.
Session 2: Expanding Your Firm: How to Hire Contract and Associate Lawyers - What are the basics that you need to know? How do you manage your staff and attorneys? Get practical tips on how to answer these questions so that your firm can continue to flourish.
Session 3: Protecting the In-House Attorney Client Privilege - A practical overview of the attorney-client privilege as it applies to in-house counsel communications. Hear best practices for protecting communications, common pitfalls, and real world hot topics. Focus on “intermingled” legal and business communications, investigations, and multi-jurisdictional disputes, as well as discovery and litigation planning and management. more »
The EU passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2016 and, after a two-year grace period, the GDPR entered into force on May 25, 2018. Hear insights on the areas where companies continue to focus their time, resources, and concern following the GDPR’s entry into force. In addition, hear first-hand experience from an attorney who spent the first two months following the GDPR’s “go-live” date in Brussels, including meeting European privacy authorities, to provide updates on the first wave of GDPR enforcement. more »
Avoid common mistakes in policy drafting. Adopt provisions that support the company's good faith compliance efforts and help reduce potential liability in audits and litigation. Understand how recent NLRB decisions affect even non-unionized employer policies. more »
HIPAA's Breach Notification Rule requires notification of patients, the Office for Civil Rights, and sometimes the media, following a breach of unsecured protected health information. Through case studies, examine challenging issues in breach reporting. more »
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Session 1: Internal Controls and Compliance - Explore a “how to” in identifying and prioritizing internal controls to prevent, detect, and respond to data security incidents, including selecting a framework, identifying an organization’s greatest security risks, and prioritizing implementation of, and compliance with, internal controls.
Session 2: Incident Response and Breach Disclosure - Effective response to cybersecurity incidents is critical to managing and minimizing regulatory and litigation risks, while protecting your customers and brand. Explore developments in incident response, and hear practical guidance from multiple perspectives for managing risk while satisfying legal obligations when the inevitable breach occurs.
Session 3: Third-Party Vendor Risk Management - Since the Target breach in 2014, companies have experienced a heightened anxiety about the potential risks associated with contractors and subcontractors who have access to customer data and other confidential and proprietary information. As a result, lawmakers in some states and the new General Data Protection Regulations now impose robust requirements to establish and be accountable for enforcing rigorous third-party vendor risk management programs to protect consumer data. Explore the developing standards and practical business practices for mitigating risk and demonstrating compliance practices to customers and regulators. more »
Session 1: Texas is an "At Will" State... So Why Worry? - Discrimination and Harassment - Hear an overview of the employment relationship and how tort law has been adapted in the workplace. Listen to a discussion about how to answer the client or the supervisor who thinks employment law begins and ends with "employment-at-will." What about terminating an employee for theft? Is there ever an obligation to give a reference on a former employee? How can a handshake get a manager sued for assault? What is intentional infliction of emotional distress? Can employee violence really be prevented? Is negligent retention really a cause of action? Understand the difference between disparate treatment and disparate impact, and why it matters. Why do you need to know about the "shifting burden of proof?" How can you prevent liability for harassment even after it occurs?
Session 2: Retaliation: Winning the Battle, Losing the War - Understand the difference between disparate treatment and disparate impact, and why it matters. Why do you need to know about the "shifting burden of proof?" How can you prevent liability for harassment even after it occurs? more »
The FMLA was the first federal act that required an employer to provide time off for employees. Learn the basics of the law, which has been amended to cover additional types of leave. When do you send the various notices and certifications? Avoid common mistakes in completing the paperwork and understand how FMLA can overlap with ADA issues. more »
Learn the basics of wage and hour law and why violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act have exploded. Topics include: Who is exempt and who is not, and what difference does it make? What is working time? How is overtime calculated? What are the most common mistakes, and how do you avoid them? more »
Cybersecurity is a realm that often conflates myth with reality, thereby obscuring certain threats and causing overreaction to others. A key to developing a sophisticated approach to cybersecurity is to dispel these fundamental myths that often cause organizations to incorrectly assess threats or misallocate resources. more »