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December 12, 2017
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2017 NELA Convention Bundle
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Programs Included in this Bundle
  1. A Map For Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    In a practice area where trials seem few and summary judgment proceedings take up so much time, it is sometimes hard to keep trial skills current and to practice new skills that might help us and our clients. In other legal specialties, such as personal injury law, the Rules of the Road are familiar and often used tools, but they may be considered as an off-road adventure for those who have never tried them in an employment context. Our experienced Rules of the Road litigators provide tips and tricks for better applying the rules in our own cases so that we can make the trip from intake through victory with more ease.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • A Map For Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers - Audio
    • A Map For Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  2. A New Lawyer’s Guide To Preparing A Plaintiff For Her Deposition, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Defending a plaintiff’s deposition is much less fun than taking a deposition of the other side. Our panel of veteran practitioners provide their “Top 10” tips and strategies for properly preparing a plaintiff for his or her deposition for discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage theft claims

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • A New Lawyer’s Guide To Preparing A Plaintiff For Her Deposition, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • A New Lawyer’s Guide To Preparing A Plaintiff For Her Deposition, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  3. Arbitration Case Law Update, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Our panel of experts discuss the most important arbitration issues of the past year, including U.S. Supreme Court rulings dealing with arbitration issues, as well as notable federal and state court decisions. In addition, they will address important federal legislative and regulatory developments.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Arbitration Case Law Update, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Arbitration Case Law Update, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  4. Because “Cause” Matters: Causation Under Federal & State Employment Discrimination Laws, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Terms like “but for” cause, “motivating factor,” and “sole cause” appear frequently in the case law interpreting every employment discrimination statute, but they do not always seem to mean the same thing to every judge in every jurisdiction. This presentation explores both the latest court opinions and some underlying theory regarding how causation standards do or do not differ at various procedural stages of a case and when attempting to prove a claim of Title VII discrimination, Title VII retaliation, age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other common types of discrimination claims.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Because “Cause” Matters - Audio
    • Because “Cause” Matters - Paper
    • Because “Cause” Matters - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  5. Cost-Effective Advocacy In Low-Wage, Immigrant & Undocumented Worker Cases, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    The low-wage, immigrant, and undocumented worker communities are among the sectors of our country’s workforce most vulnerable to unlawful wage practices, discrimination, and retaliation. They often have difficulty securing legal representation when their rights are violated and employers regularly pursue scorched-earth tactics to suppress their claims. Our advocates will share practical strategies to minimize your risk in representing this significant component of the labor force and to maximize recovery for your clients.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Cost-Effective Advocacy In Low-Wage, Immigrant & Undocumented Worker Cases - Audio
    • Cost-Effective Advocacy In Low-Wage, Immigrant & Undocumented Worker Cases - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  6. Creative Settlement Terms In Employment Disputes, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Not every settlement follows the same vanilla agreement template. This presentation is designed to provide advice on crafting creative settlement agreements in order to preserve our clients’ rights, collect the money the defendant agreed to pay, and other extraordinary circumstances that may arise. On the employee’s side, our speakers address release of claims for employee benefits, agreements not to re-apply for employment, the use of ill-defined terms like “agents,” and more. On the employer’s side, they discuss including provisions in the settlement agreement in case the defendant sells their business, if the defendant files for bankruptcy, and requiring individual owners to sign a confession of judgment.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Creative Settlement Terms In Employment Disputes - Audio
    • Creative Settlement Terms In Employment Disputes - Paper
    • Creative Settlement Terms In Employment Disputes - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  7. Current Issues In National Origin Discrimination Litigation, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    In addition to a general overview of recent case law, our panelists will address linguistic characteristic discrimination, cases that overlap with religious discrimination, Section 1981 and 1983 issues, and special considerations related to representing low-wage or non-English speaking clients.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Current Issues In National Origin Discrimination Litigation - Audio
    • Current Issues In National Origin Discrimination Litigation - Paper
    • Current Issues In National Origin Discrimination Litigation - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  8. Defending LGBT Workers From Discrimination “Because of Sex”: Title VII, Title IX & Beyond, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Our speakers survey recent case law surrounding the application of Title VII to claims of workplace discrimination brought by LGBT employees, focusing on both the gender stereotype and associational theories of discrimination (the associational theory meaning that gay and lesbian employees are treated adversely because of the gender of their romantic partners). They also touch on state and local protections that may apply to LGBT employees as a protected class and will discuss the possible applications of Title IX in certain employment settings. Finally, they provide practical advice on some of the challenges that transgender people may encounter in the workplace—from bathrooms to dress codes to health care coverage. Additionally, they offer resources for NELA members to share with potential clients and employers alike as well as suggestions for framing a case when litigation becomes necessary.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Defending LGBT Workers From Discrimination “Because of Sex”: Title VII, Title IX & Beyond, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Defending LGBT Workers From Discrimination “Because of Sex”: Title VII, Title IX & Beyond, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  9. Defining “Employment” Relationships In The 21st Century, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Keeping up with the economic realities of a rapidly changing workplace may prove to be more difficult than “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” For decades regulation of workplace fairness and the social safety net has been based on protections for “employees” administered by and through “employers”: minimum wage and overtime protections; collective bargaining rights; unemployment and health insurance; and workers’ compensation. Likewise, social security and income tax collection have been managed largely through the “employment” relationship. Recently, however, new technologies and business structures have built their businesses off the backs of “independent contractors,” disrupting traditional concepts of “employee,” “employer,” and “employment” and causing courts and the NLRB to review these business models closely and consider new theories of employer liability. Commerce has increasingly used sub-contracting, franchising, staffing agencies, and employee leasing—approaches that separate employees from enterprises for which they work and that fragment legal accountability. This panel discusses recent developments in the evolving definition of an employee and employer, and examine litigation strategies for holding companies responsible for their workforce and the struggle to apply traditional concepts to these new circumstances.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Defining “Employment” Relationships In The 21st Century - Audio
    • Defining “Employment” Relationships In The 21st Century - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  10. Employer-Initiated Medical Examinations: Preventing Abusive Employer Tactics, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Many times employers utilize fitness for duty or pre-employment examinations as a way to “screen out” individuals with disabilities. Our speakers address the limits of these types of examinations; the duties of an employer to accommodate restrictions identified during the exams; the abuse of independent medical examinations; and how we as plaintiff advocates can prevent overreaching employers from invading our client’s privacy rights.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Employer-Initiated Medical Examinations: Preventing Abusive Employer Tactics, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Employer-Initiated Medical Examinations: Preventing Abusive Employer Tactics, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  11. ESI On A Shoestring Budget, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Plaintiffs face unique challenges in preserving and collecting evidence from a variety of sources. To mount a strong offense, we must have a strong defense. Managing e-discovery is an increasingly important part of any law practice, but the price tag of many document management systems on the market often puts them beyond the reach of small law firms, nonprofits, and legal service organizations. Our panelists discuss creative alternatives for handling electronic discovery, especially in class actions and other large and complex cases, when your financial resources are limited.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • ESI On A Shoestring Budget - Audio
    • ESI On A Shoestring Budget - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  12. Good Faith & Fair Dealing, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    The Restatement of Employment Law has heartily endorsed the doctrine of good faith and fair dealing. But there has been virtually no exploration of the concept of “fair dealing.” And, in many cases, courts place a burden on the plaintiff to show “bad faith,” rather than allowing a jury to determine whether a defendant acted in good faith. Other courts have allowed plaintiffs to plead, as a separate count, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, giving plaintiffs an excellent jury charge as well as expanding sympathetic evidence that may be relevant. NELA lawyers need to use the concept of breach of good faith and fair dealing more actively. Our speakers review applicable standards and make practical suggestions of how to make this covenant work for our clients.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Good Faith & Fair Dealing, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Good Faith & Fair Dealing, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  13. Hiring Discrimination Issues Under Title VII, The ADEA & ADA, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Despite being a key impetus for Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act, hiring discrimination against job applicants persists in the 21st century. The use of “objective” screening tools such as online job applications have not solved the problem but rather can impede transparency and create new methods to disfavor jobseekers on prohibited bases. In response, hiring discrimination has become an EEOC strategic enforcement priority. This session offers practical guidance and strategies for NELA lawyers to help their clients in hiring discrimination cases. The panelists discuss potential solutions to key procedural, factual, and legal challenges in hiring cases—such as exhaustion, tolling of limitations, effective pre-complaint investigation, the scope of legal protections against “illegal questions,” handling inaccuracies in job applications, developing evidence of implicit bias and illegal disparate impact, and varying burdens of proof. Also included will be an up-to-the-minute report on the extent of EEOC’s progress in challenging hiring bias, and the agency’s plans for stepping up its game in the future. An update is provided on significant legal developments, including decisions affording strong protection from religious bias for applicants under Title VII (EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. (US, 2015), and limiting protection for applicants under the ADEA (Villarreal v. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. (11th Cir., 2016).

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Hiring Discrimination Issues Under Title VII, The ADEA & ADA - Audio
    • Hiring Discrimination Issues Under Title VII, The ADEA & ADA - Paper
    • Hiring Discrimination Issues Under Title VII, The ADEA & ADA - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  14. How Lower Courts Are Applying Recent U.S. Supreme Court Employment Decisions, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Reviews of U.S. Supreme Court decisions are like profiles of new bands: they offer more detail than you need, with breathless hype about their potential. A year or three later, the bias toward writing about new things leaves you wondering what became of them. Like the semi-popular VH-1 television series Where Are They Now?, which detailed the usually sad eventual fates of bands that drew great attention before fading from memory, this presentation and accompanying written materials analyze what lower court decisions have arisen (through spring 2017) from major 2013–2015 employment law decisions such as EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores (religious accommodation); Young v. United Parcel Service (pregnancy accommodation); Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk (required off-the-clock tasks); Vance v. Ball State University (which “supervisors” trigger employer vicarious liability for harassment); and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar (“but-for” causation standard for retaliation and certain other claims).

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • How Lower Courts Are Applying Recent U.S. Supreme Court Employment Decisions - Audio
    • How Lower Courts Are Applying Recent U.S. Supreme Court Employment Decisions - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  15. How To Deal With Defendant’s Financial Condition Pre & Post Bankruptcy, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    The company tells you that it doesn’t have any money and it is potentially going to file for bankruptcy. How many times has this happened in one of your cases? How do you verify what it is telling you is true? What if the company files for bankruptcy, then what? Our panelists discuss the ins and outs of a potentially insolvent defendant and educate lawyers (who are generally not so good at math) on how to determine if a company really doesn’t have money to pay a settlement or a judgment. They also provide a checklist and practice tips on what to do if the defendant does file for bankruptcy.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • How To Deal With Defendant’s Financial Condition Pre & Post Bankruptcy, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • How To Deal With Defendant’s Financial Condition Pre & Post Bankruptcy, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, OK, SC, VT


  16. Impact Analysis: When To Use It & The Statistics To Support It, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    In Texas Dept. of Housing and Comm. Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court, while extending disparate impact analysis to cases brought under the Fair Housing Act, reaffirmed the viability of that theory under both Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Since that decision, the Court alluded to disparate impact analysis in other contexts, such as in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. and Young v. UPS. Issues of statistical proof, both for liability and damages, have also arisen (Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo). Special considerations can arise when an employer relies upon computerized screening instruments and “Big Data” to identify candidates for hire. This session explores the current state of disparate impact theory and the benefits and pitfalls facing disparate impact litigation, such as statistical evidence of impact and causation versus statistical evidence of treatment, expert analysis and Daubert, and limitations on remedies.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Impact Analysis - Audio
    • Impact Analysis - Paper
    • Impact Analysis - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  17. Introduction To Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA & Leave Requests Under The FMLA, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    This presentation provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with a focus on requests for reasonable accommodation under the ADA, and requests for continuous or intermittent leave under the FMLA. You will learn about the types of accommodations that are available (including modified schedules and working from home), the process for requesting accommodations/FMLA leave, and the types of questions that employers may and may not ask—and medical documentation they may and may not require—as part of the request process. Our speakers present fact patterns as a means of discussing common issues that arise in ADA failure to accommodate and FMLA interference cases, and discuss factors for attorneys to consider when the two types of claims overlap. Retaliation claims under the two statutes also will be briefly covered.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Introduction To Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA & Leave Requests Under The FMLA, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Introduction To Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA & Leave Requests Under The FMLA - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  18. Let’s Get To Work! Defending & Advancing Employee Rights, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    The Trump Administration presents challenges as well as opportunities for defending and advancing equality and justice in the American workplace. As the largest plaintiffs’ employment law firm in the country, NELA will harness the power of its members to ensure that we continue to protect employee rights at the federal and state levels. Our esteemed panelists will share lessons learned from the best pro-employee state laws and how to apply them to those states that offer little or no protections to workers; utilizing legislative and legal strategies to advocate for employee rights in a hostile environment; and how to make the most of the guidance and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the last eight years to protect your clients. Let’s get to work to defend and advance employee rights in the years ahead!

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Let’s Get To Work! Defending & Advancing Employee Rights - Audio
    • Let’s Get To Work! Defending & Advancing Employee Rights - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  19. Maximizing Damages In Civil Rights Cases, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    You’ve overcome the defense’s motion for summary judgment. How do you convince a jury what your client’s case is worth or that the employer’s conduct is so reprehensible that they should award punitive damages? Using trial strategies to assist the jury in placing value on your client’s emotional distress and economic losses is critical. Equally important are post-verdict strategies to assist the judge in evaluating whether to increase the initial verdict value by awarding damages for the additional tax liability to your client and/or for additional months of back pay resulting from the appellate process. Our panel of successful trial attorneys and a veteran jury consultant share their strategies utilized in real-life victories where they obtained seven-figure verdicts in employment discrimination cases for their clients.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Maximizing Damages In Civil Rights Cases - Audio
    • Maximizing Damages In Civil Rights Cases - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  20. Moving Implicit Bias Theory From The Classroom To The Courtroom, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Reconciling the legal concept of “intentional discrimination” with the growing scientific evidence and sociological literature on how implicit bias leads to discrimination in the real world, and figuring out how to apply theories of implicit bias in our cases, is a subject fraught with both challenge and potential. A federal judge joins NELA practitioners (with different views on how and when to invoke implicit bias theory in the course of litigating employment discrimination cases) to explore the evolution of the idea and discuss practical suggestions for incorporating implicit bias concepts into our pleadings, negotiations, and motion practice—as well as addressing the implicit biases of the decision-makers in our cases, our litigation adversaries, and ourselves.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Moving Implicit Bias Theory From The Classroom To The Courtroom - Audio
    • Moving Implicit Bias Theory From The Classroom To The Courtroom - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  21. Preparing For Your First Deposition, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    In this practical presentation, new lawyers will learn how to (1) develop potential evidence to support their own contentions as well as to undermine their opponent’s positions; (2) flesh out credibility evidence for (and against) both sides of the litigation, including evidence that might either explain or exploit an apparent inconsistency; (3) convert their potential evidence into topics to explore during their depositions; and (4) organize important topics into a useful deposition outline.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Preparing For Your First Deposition - Audio
    • Preparing For Your First Deposition - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  22. Problem Solving While Record Building: Guiding A Client Through The Interactive Process, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    This session provides practical tips on how to guide a client who is attempting to navigate the interactive process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our experienced ADA practitioners explore the following questions, with practitioner examples: (1) What can employees do to trigger the interactive process?; (2) What determines which functions of a job are essential?; (3) What roles do the employee’s treating professionals and employer’s doctors have in the process of assessing the employee’s needs and the suitability of specific accommodations?; (4) When should we stop counseling our clients from behind the scenes and become directly involved in communications with the employer?; (5) What documentation should our clients seek, or create, to build a record in the event that litigation becomes necessary?; (6) How can common employer defenses be preemptively addressed during the interactive process?; and (7) How should we advise clients to deal with difficult employers/supervisors once it appears that there is a serious prospect of retaliation and/or termination?

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Problem Solving While Record Building - Audio
    • Problem Solving While Record Building - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  23. Representing Guest Workers In Civil Litigation, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Guest workers represent a significant and growing sector of the American workforce. They also are some of the most vulnerable workers in the country, often experiencing wage theft, discrimination, retaliation, and human trafficking. Despite the high incidence of abuse within this sector, guest workers face barriers to justice, including finding counsel and accessing the courts. Our panelists are experts in guest worker litigation and review the nuts and bolts of litigating all aspects of guest worker cases under various statutes, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and Title VII. They also review the challenges with representing guest workers, including those related to immigration status, and recent victories that have considerably expanded the laws that protect these workers.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Representing Guest Workers In Civil Litigation - Video
    • Representing Guest Workers In Civil Litigation - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  24. Settlement Of Federal Employee Claims, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Attorneys settling federal employee claims are presented with opportunities and challenges that are distinct from other types of settlements. NELA’s veteran federal employee rights lawyers discuss the practical and strategic settlement considerations that arise when settling federal employee claims.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Settlement Of Federal Employee Claims, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Settlement Of Federal Employee Claims, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper
    • Settlement Of Federal Employee Claims - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  25. Starting Out: Basic Skills Training For New Lawyers, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    For new lawyers and those new to employment law, this session offers suggestions to help newer plaintiffs’ employment lawyers succeed, including substantive tips from case intake to case closing, and practical pointers on managing time, money, and people—including opposing counsel and themselves.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Starting Out: Basic Skills Training For New Lawyers - Audio
    • Starting Out: Basic Skills Training For New Lawyers - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  26. Successfully Managing Large Cases, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Whether it is a nationwide wage and hour case or a multi-plaintiff or class discrimination case, managing large cases tests one’s ability to juggle many balls in the air at once. In addition to the many moving parts that come with representing numerous plaintiffs (sometimes numbering thousands), there are other issues to deal with, such as the defense bar’s increasing desire for more discovery of plaintiffs (including written and deposition discovery), multiple expert witnesses, and document review and management. Practitioners suggest best practices for overall case and team management, offer ways to preempt the defendant’s obstructive litigation tactics, and present strategies for communicating with large numbers of plaintiffs, gathering discovery from them, and keeping track of it all.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Successfully Managing Large Cases - Audio
    • Successfully Managing Large Cases - Paper
    • Successfully Managing Large Cases - Handout

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  27. Ten Rules For A Successful Mediation, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Too often attorneys believe that putting together a mediation statement and calculating damages is sufficient preparation for mediating a case. This presentation by two individuals who have practiced extensively in employment law and have mediated hundreds of cases as attorneys and mediators provides the best practices for mediation preparation, preparing your client for mediation, engaging in conversations with the mediator in advance of mediation, and common impediments to settlement in the mediation process.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Ten Rules For A Successful Mediation - Audio
    • Ten Rules For A Successful Mediation - Audio

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  28. The ADEA At 50: Opportunities, Challenges & The Need For Reform, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    In December 2017 the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) will celebrate its golden anniversary as a part of U.S. civil rights law. The Act has eliminated maximum age restrictions in hiring—which used to be prevalent, as well as mandatory retirement in all but a few exempt professions. It is virtually the only basis for challenging a discriminatory reduction-in-force under federal law. Yet, in the eyes of many NELA lawyers the ADEA is a poor relative, trailing Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and even the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a reliable means for challenging employer misconduct. At this pivotal moment in ADEA history, it is time to again take stock: To what extent does the Act provide valuable protection for older workers; to what extent is it more or less powerful than Title VII and the ADA; are there aspects of the ADEA that that need fixing, and if so, what are they and why? This session will offer ADE A litigation tips, a historical perspective on age bias law, and ideas about bringing the ADEA up to parity with Title VII.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • The ADEA At 50: Opportunities, Challenges & The Need For Reform - Audio
    • The ADEA At 50: Opportunities, Challenges & The Need For Reform - Paper
    • The ADEA At 50 - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  29. The Employee Who Stays: A Tangled Web, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    This panel explores the myriad of pitfalls and opportunities that present themselves when an employee who complains about discrimination remains employed by the offending employer. Topics will run the gamut from the manner in which the employee should lodge the complaint; how the employee should conduct herself after she does so in order to avoid giving the employer a legitimate reason to terminate her; navigating the employer’s investigation of the employee’s allegations (including how to make a record if that investigation is inadequate or biased); guiding the employee on documenting any retaliatory behavior; a discussion of the various forms a settlement for the employee who remains can take from economic damages (resulting from constructive discharge to emotional distress damages to promotion and/or transfer to a different supervisor, etc.) and, of course, the pros and cons of staying versus leaving and claiming constructive di scharge as well as the circumstances in which one might be more preferable to the other.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • The Employee Who Stays: A Tangled Web, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • The Employee Who Stays: A Tangled Web, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  30. The Practicalities Of Litigating In Arbitration, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Our speakers provide guidance on how to litigate individual, multi-plaintiff, and class cases in the strange world of employment arbitration. Topics include the impact of not having a jury, the costs of arbitration, discovery in the arbitration system, the application of the American Arbitration Association’s employment rules rather than its commercial rules, fighting provisions in the arbitration agreement, and other practical issues. Learn where your litigation instincts will fail you, and where the hidden obstacles—for one side or the other—lie.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • The Practicalities Of Litigating In Arbitration - Audio
    • The Practicalities Of Litigating In Arbitration - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  31. The State Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    It’s been 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a claim of “hostile environment” sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is actionable under Title VII. Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes has brought the topic back into the national spotlight. Our experts will provide an overview of the state of the law, practical litigation strategies, how to overcome the employer’s scorched earth tactics, and findings of the EEOC’s Select Taskforce On Harassment In The Workplace.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • The State Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • The State Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  32. The Year In Review: Significant Developments In Employment Law, 2016 Annual Convention
    NELA legends Professor Eric Schnapper and Rick Seymour discuss the employment cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during its 2015–2016 term, significant legislative and state law developments, as well as emerging issues in plaintiffs’ employment law

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • The Year In Review - Audio
    • The Year In Review - Paper
    • The Year In Review - Supplemental Materials

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  33. Title VII & The Equal Pay Act: Dynamic Duo When Challenging Sex Discrimination In Compensation, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    There has been an increasing trend of bringing both Equal Pay Act (EPA) collective actions and Title VII class actions in one case, and there have long been examples of such claims being combined in individual litigation. This panel addresses the pros and cons of bringing both claims simultaneously, and provide advice on how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks from this combination. Specific topics include managing the administrative exhaustion process where one claim requires exhaustion and the other does not; strategic and logistical issues in handling opt in collective action and opt out Rule 23 classes; considerations related to comparators; how the defenses under the EPA and the disparate impact/business justification defenses relate to one another; the impact of adding EPA claims on the statistical analysis; how to prove these claims; and settlement issues.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Title VII & The Equal Pay Act - Audio
    • Title VII & The Equal Pay Act - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  34. Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Litigating Wage & Hour Cases, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Our veteran practitioners provide a countdown of the issues that must be at the forefront of every advocate’s mind when they are preparing to litigate a wage and hour case.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Litigating Wage & Hour Cases - Audio
    • Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Litigating Wage & Hour Cases - Paper

    Credit
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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  35. Unshackling Summary Judgment From McDonnell Douglas, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Developments in a number of circuit courts may provide employee rights advocates effective mechanisms for presenting circumstantial evidence of discrimination at summary judgment in ways that avoid the restrictive confines of McDonnell Douglas. In Ortiz v. Werner Enters., Inc, No. 15-2574 (2016), the Seventh Circuit concluded that twenty-plus years of jurisprudence regarding “direct/indirect” evidence and the “convincing mosaic” standard had come to obscure, rather than clarify, the central questions at summary judgment, while other circuits (e.g. Ahmed v. Johnson, 752 F.3d 490 (1st Cir. 2014) and Holland v. Gee, 677 F.3d 1047, 1056 (11th Cir. 2012)) have recognized the “convincing mosaic” framework and begun to wrestle with its implications only more recently. In addition, the Eleventh Circuit has joined other courts in affirming that McDonnell Douglas does not apply at summary judgment when the plaintiff a lleges t hat unlawful discrimination was a “motivating factor” in an adverse employment action (Quigg v. Thomas County Sch. Dist., 814 F.3d 1227 (2016)). Our panel of summary judgment gurus review the state of the law in different circuits on these issues and discuss the pros and cons of using alternative methods of organizing circumstantial evidence to defeat summary judgment.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Unshackling Summary Judgment From McDonnell Douglas, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Unshackling Summary Judgment From McDonnell Douglas, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  36. Valuing Your Case & Persuading Others That You Are Right, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    You face two questions when assessing the value of your case: First, what do you think the case is worth, and, second, how do you convince others (such as defendants, mediators, and insurance representatives) that you are right? The members of the panel provide guides and tips on how to marshal evidence to support damages; identify and quantify items of relief (including back pay, prejudgment interest, tax consequences of lump-sum payment, attorney fees, and non-pecuniary compensatory damages); prepare a persuasive demand letter or mediation statement; respond to counter-arguments; and deal with difficult opposing counsel and mediators. Attention also will be paid to the pitfalls which can arise when negotiating attorney fees along with damages.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Valuing Your Case & Persuading Others That You Are Right, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Audio
    • Valuing Your Case & Persuading Others That You Are Right, NELA 2017 Annual Convention - Paper

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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  37. What To Do When Clients Access Employer Documents Outside The Formal Discovery Process, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    NELA members and our clients are beset with challenges when our clients access employer documents outside the formal discovery process. Documents can include materials generated by clients themselves or co-workers; materials called “confidential” by employers; materials that may be subject to the employer’s attorney-client privilege; and materials that the client wants to produce to a government agency. Clients can be at risk for sanctions and potential civil and even criminal liability; as their lawyers, we’re subject to several conflicting obligations and our own risks. This panel explores the risks and benefits of accessing employer documents from the contrasting perspectives of a lawyer representing whistleblowers; a criminal defense lawyer; and a longtime member of NELA’s Ethics & Sanctions Committee.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • What To Do When Clients Access Employer Documents Outside The Formal Discovery Process - Audio
    • What To Do When Clients Access Employer Documents Outside The Formal Discovery Process - Paper
    • What To Do When Clients Access Employer Documents Outside The Formal Discovery Process - Handout

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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  38. What You Need To Know About Preserving, Discovering & Using Social Media, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as other lesser-known social networking platforms used within the workplace, can be a treasure trove of information about workplace culture, including discriminatory remarks and hostile work environments. These postings also can yield powerful evidence in the form of contemporaneous statements that undermine pretextual explanations later offered by an employer for why your client was fired, or disciplined, or not promoted. At the same time, social media postings can be a minefield creating distractions for your case and potentially damaging your client’s credibility, especially if you do not know ahead of time what surprises your client’s Facebook history may contain. Our speakers discuss the state of the law as it relates to social media discovery, and provide practical advice on how to maximize the opportunities of social media for developing your case while avoiding traps for the unwary. In addition, they explore how to best cull, preserve, download, upload, extract, and review social media discovery.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • What You Need To Know About Preserving, Discovering & Using Social Media - Audio
    • What You Need To Know About Preserving, Discovering & Using Social Media - Paper
    • What You Need To Know About Preserving, Discovering & Using Social Media - Handout

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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT


  39. Witness Interviewing, Examination & Lie Spotting, NELA 2017 Annual Convention
    Philip Mullenix, an attorney and frequent consultant to law enforcement, shares his strategies on witness interviewing, examination, and lie spotting. Since 1976, Mr. Mullenix has provided instruction to hundreds of attorneys, military, intelligence, law enforcement, and security personnel in the detection of deception, interviewing, and interrogation. Mr. Levin-Epstein is a NELA member and a seasoned trial lawyer with over 40 years of experience in criminal law. His criminal law practice has enhanced his ability to represent individuals effectively in their employment-related matters as there is significant overlap between the two fields and where clients face situations which have implications from both an employment and criminal perspective. This presentation includes many valuable tips and techniques for taking depositions and conducting direct and cross-examination at trial.

    This seminar includes the following components:
    • Witness Interviewing, Examination & Lie Spotting - Audio
    • Witness Interviewing, Examination & Lie Spotting - Paper

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    CA, IL, OK, SC, VT



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