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2019 Labor and Employment Law

After 26 years, UT Law's Labor and Employment Law Conference is more relevant than ever. With two days of timely updates and emerging trends in employment law from leading members of the bar and personnel experts, the conference has earned the reputation as the premier program on employment law practice in Texas. more

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2018 Cybersecurity

Cyber intrusions—data breaches, hacking, ransomware, and other threats—continue to make headlines and affect companies and organizations of all sizes. Essential Cybersecurity Law is a one-day, extensive program designed to walk through key phases and legal issues relating to breach preparedness and response. Hear directly from top government officials, get the latest updates on regulatory actions and litigation, and gain detailed and practical guidance for implementing internal controls and responding to a data breach. Topics include:  Civil Litigation and Regulatory Update Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement Incidence Response and Breach Disclosure Cybersecurity Insurance Legal Implications of Ephemeral Data Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts, and Data Protection Third Party Vendor Management The In-House Perspective on Managing Current Threats and Challenges If you are a practitioner, in-house counsel, or board member undertaking cybersecurity issues for your organization, this one-day course is for you. more



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2018 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Katrina Grider, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA, changes in employment law impacting compliance efforts, and more.  This practical course provides detailed written materials and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. INSTRUCTORS ​Connie L. Cornell, PHR is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm. Ms. Cornell is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the national Society for Human Resource Management. Katrina Grider is Of Counsel in the Houston office of Ogletree Deakins with over thirty years of extensive experience from both management and enforcement perspectives. Ms. Grider represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as in proceedings before the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. In addition, Ms. Grider conducts training for managers, supervisors, and employees. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. more



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2018 Labor and Employment Law

After 25 years, UT Law’s Labor and Employment Law Conference is more relevant than ever. With two days of timely updates and emerging trends in employment law from leading members of the bar and personnel experts, the conference has earned the reputation as the premier program on employment law practice in Texas. This year’s highlights include: Exploration of The Boundaries of Employee Free Speech with discussion of the rights of employees to express their views and the competing rights of public and private employers to respond. Insight into unconscious bias in the workplace, including how it may influence workplace decisions and interactions, and the latest approaches and legal implications for addressing it. Examination of current activity involving Leaves of Absence Under the FMLA and ADA, including tactics for pushing back on suspected leave abuse. What Is It Worth? An analysis of how lawyers on each side of the docket value the settlement of cases and how to compare in terms of valuation for standard employment law situations. Focused presentation series on litigation strategies (featuring discussion of expert witnesses and anti-SLAPP concerns) and workforce solutions (featuring discussion of the onboarding process and preventing workplace violence). The latest federal and state employment case law and legislative developments, including disability issues under the ADA, guidance under the NLRA, and more. more



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2017 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Vianei Lopez Braun and Connie Cornell, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA, changes in employment law impacting compliance efforts, and more.  This practical course provides detailed written materials and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. INSTRUCTORS Vianei Lopez Braun has been representing employers for more than 25 years, providing practical advice on employment law compliance and avoiding litigation. Vianei’s diverse experience includes representing large publicly traded companies, governmental entities, small to mid-sized businesses, as well as individual professionals and executives. Connie L. Cornell, PHR is a founding partner of Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP, an Austin labor and employment law firm. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the national Society for Human Resource Management. more



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2017 Cybersecurity

Data breaches are increasingly inevitable—and potentially devastating—to companies of all sizes. Essential Cybersecurity Law is a one-day, extensive program designed to walk through key phases and legal issues relating to breach preparedness and response. Hear directly from top officials at HHSC, DOJ, and the SEC, get the latest updates on regulatory actions and litigation, and gain detailed and practical guidance for implementing internal controls and responding to a data breach. Topics include:  Cybersecurity Regulation and Enforcement, including HIPAA Compliance and HHS Enforcement Litigation Update Internal Controls and Compliance Incidence Response and Breach Disclosure Cybersecurity Insurance Privacy and Data Security in an Increasingly Globalized World The In-House Perspective on Managing Cybersecurity If you are a practitioner, in-house counsel, or board member undertaking cybersecurity issues for your organization, this one-day course is for you. more




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2017 Labor and Employment Law

The 24th 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: Welcome Folks, to the Trump Administration: What the First 100 Days Mean for Employers and Employees, with Laura M. Merritt, Boulette Golden & Marin, L.L.P. A deep dive into the principle of pay equity, how it is reflected in statute, and the legal and practical concerns in complying with those statutes William T. (Tommy) Simmons of the Texas Workforce Commission examining important hidden hazards in handling wage payment, unemployment claim, and unemployment tax issues at TWC General counsel perspectives on how to efficiently and effectively interact with in-house counsel, including interactions regarding litigation, company policies, and labor law requirements Focused presentation series on litigation strategies (featuring updates on discovery and social media) and workforce solutions (featuring updates on LGBTQ issues and background checks) The latest federal and state employment case law and legislative developments, including disability issues under the ADA, guidance under the NLRA, and more more




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2016 Noncompete Camp




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2016 Essential Employment Law




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2016 Cybersecurity

Data breaches are increasingly inevitable—and potentially devastating—to companies of all sizes. Essential Cybersecurity Law is a one-day, extensive program designed to walk through key phases of breach preparedness and response. It provides detailed and practical guidance for implementing internal controls, developing an incident response plan, and responding to a data breach, as well as update on regulatory actions and class action litigation. Topics include: Top 10 Myths About Cybersecurity Internal Controls and Compliance HIPAA Breach Reporting Developing and Testing an Incident Response Plan Responding to a Data Breach Cybersecurity Insurance Policies Regulatory Actions and Civil Litigation Update The In-House Perspective: Latest Challenges and Solutions in Managing Cybersecurity If you are a practitioner, in-house counsel, or board member undertaking cybersecurity issues for your organization, this one-day course is for you. more




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2016 Labor and Employment Law

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. more




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2015 Non-Compete Camp

Join leading authorities at UT Law's inaugural Non-Compete Camp for a sophisticated and in-depth discussion of Non-Compete and Trade Secret law in Texas including recent legislation, drafting, talent acquisition, litigation, representing the individual vs. employer, and other latest developments in non-compete law. Highlights of this exceptional program developed by founding Co-Chairs, Michael P. Maslanka and Stephen E. Fox, include: Learn keys to drafting an effective non-compete agreement using non-traditional, cutting-edge methods from a panel moderated by Stephen E. Fox, Polsinelli PC, Dallas, TX Take an in-depth look at the new Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Arthur V. Lambert, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Dallas, TX, presents Getting a TRO, Dissolving a TRO: Five Traps for the Unwary Expert forensic investigators provide their wisdom and insight on how to prove and challenge data theft allegations Keith A. Clouse, Clouse Dunn Khoshbin LLP, Dallas, TX, leads a panel discussion on Fighting the Temporary Injunction Fight Talk one-on-one with conference faculty about your specific questions or issues during the Bullpen Breaks Shawn Tuma, Scheef & Stone, L.L.P., Frisco, TX, discusses strategies for using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in your claim Hear a panel of mediators and lawyers discuss resolution Earn up to 4.75 hours ethics credit  more




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2015 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Michael W. Fox, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA changes in employment law impacting compliance efforts and more.   This practical course provides detailed written materials and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more




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2015 Labor and Employment Law

The 22nd 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: Martha Kinard, NLRB Regional Director, presents Social Media and Protected Concerted Activities A summary of key employee benefits issues under the Affordable Care Act and practical guidance for managing their impact An analysis of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and its impact on drafting non-compete agreements, clawback of benefits and risk allocation. Discussions on workplace discrimination, including religion the workplace and emerging LGBT issues An understanding of workplace violence before, during and after an incident An exploration of how “big data” is being captured, used and analyzed by employers and its increasing use and legal implications in employment decision-making Ethics and professionalism update for employment lawyers, plus ethical settlement negotiation and case valuation Focused series of presentations on litigation strategies 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 more




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2014 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell, Michael W. Fox and Steven Mierl, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more.  This practical course provides detailed written materials and handbook recommendations, and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more




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2014 Labor and Employment Law

Leading members of the employment law bench and bar along with HR and personnel experts provide timely updates and identify emerging trends in employment law, including: Richard F. Griffin, General Counsel of the NLRB, on Recent Developments under the National Labor Relations Act Keynote Presentations by Libby Sartain, former head of HR for Yahoo! Inc. and Southwest Airlines, and Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Judge Examination of Affordable Care Act implementation and upcoming requirements DOMA and emerging rights for LGBT employees Dealing with workplace violence Identifying and protecting IP Ethics and professionalism update for employment lawyers Focused series of presentations on litigation strategies and workforce strategies Analysis of significant federal and state employment case law and legislative developments Updates from the DOL and EEOC; emerging disability issues under the ADA; intricacies of FLSA; whistleblowing and retaliation claims; and more more




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2013 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Michael W. Fox, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more.  This practical course provides detailed written materials, forms, sample employment contracts and handbook recommendations, and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more




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2013 Labor and Employment Law

The 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference's highlights include: Case Law and Legislative Updates: Analysis of significant federal and state employment law developments Recent Developments: Regulatory updates from the DOL, EEOC and other federal agencies; NLRB policies impacting unionized and non-union workplaces; emerging disability issues under the ADA; FLSA compliance; whistleblower and retaliation laws; and more Impact of Technology on the Workplace: The changing technology landscape and its effect on workplace privacy issues and concerns Litigation strategies: Voir dire, witness preparation, attorney’s fees, and employer counterclaims Workplace strategies: Managing leave issues, best hiring practices, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and impact of internal investigations on trials Practice Tips: Legal writing for screen reading, dos and don’ts for dealing with the EEOC, and determining the value of your case Ethics: “Winning” mediation strategies, ethics and professionalism update for employment attorneys, and hiring candidates with restrictive covenant agreements more



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2012 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day HR program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Michael W. Fox, and is designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more. This practical course provides detailed written materials, forms, sample employment contracts and handbook recommendations, and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more



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2012 Labor and Employment Law

This year’s program includes an in-depth review of recent developments in state and federal legislation, and provides invaluable information on employment practices and policies, non-compete agreements, social media in the workplace, arbitration and litigation, current developments under the NLRA and much more. more



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2011 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Michael W. Fox and designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more. This practical course provides detailed written materials, forms, sample employment contracts and handbook recommendations, and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more



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2011 Labor and Employment Law

Join leading members of the employment law bench and bar along with HR and personnel experts for two days of presentations, practice, advice and discussions on current employment law issues. This year's program includes special coverage of proposed and recently enacted state and federal legislation, and features updates on FLSA collection actions, current developments under the NRLA, developments in disability discrimination trends, initiatives at the EEOC and much more. more



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2010 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day program led by employment law experts Connie Cornell and Michael W. Fox and designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more. This practical course provides detailed written materials, forms, sample employment contracts, and handbook recommendations and is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more



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2010 Labor and Employment Law

Join leading members of the employment law bar along with HR and personnel experts for two days of presentations, practice, advice and discussions on current employment law issues. This year's program includes special coverage of recently enacted state and federal legislation including the impact of health care legislation on employers. more



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2009 Essential Employment Law

Essential Employment Law is a one-day program designed to provide overviews and updates on issues related to Texas employment law. Content is extensive and exhaustive with topics ranging from employment-at-will to discrimination issues, wage and hour violations, retaliation, FMLA and more. This practical course provides detailed written materials, forms, sample employment contracts, and handbook recommendations. This seminar is ideal for HR professionals and beginning employment lawyers. more



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