2018 All Hands Meeting
October 16 Session
HR/Employment Law Track Agenda

9:00AM-10:00AM   Room 209
Developments in Complex Employment Litigation

Paul Cowie
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

10:30AM-12:00PM   Room 209
#PayMeToo: Navigating workplace harassment, pay equity and crisis management

Melinda Riechert & Grace Speights
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Media reports of workplace sexual harassment and pay equity gaps have captured the public and legislature's attention. As more sexual harassment claims come to light-with sometimes very public consequences-many employers are seeking a more proactive approach to reviewing harassment policies, response plans and practices, and workplace culture. In the current climate, it would be prudent for all organizations to assess risk factors and implement measures and policies to minimize risks related to workplace harassment and misconduct. Additionally, we will review trends in pay equity claims and litigation and consider potential areas of employee challenge to employers' pay practices. These issues, among others, have the potential of garnering significant backlash from the media and public, and we'll address best practices for managing a crisis if and when a situation occurs.

1:30PM-2:15PM   Room 209
Global Employment in An Upside-Down World

Dean Fealk & Ute Krudewagen/Nicole Armstrong
DLA Piper/Pure Storage, Inc.

This panel will address strategies to develop global workforce policies in a fast-changing (and sometime contradictory) world.  In particular, we will discuss strategies to tackle new legal developments impacting global workforces and the tension between implementing global policies that outline company policies and procedures in a consistent manner with the need for local law compliant policies and procedures that take into account local laws and cultures.  The types of issue we will address include:
  • Lessons (Un)Learned? global compliance – global codes of conduct, FCPA/Anti-bribery
  • Blowing in the Wind? whistleblower policies – including new rules and requirements in various EU jurisdictions
  • Know Thy Employee’s Data? data privacy & employee monitoring – what’s new after GDPR?
  • Avoiding the Spotlight of Shame? #metoo – harassment policies and procedures
  • The More Policies the Merrier? handbooks, work rules & internal regulations – do you need them?
  • Share and Shares Alike? benefits policies and practices – how about your stock compensation?
  • The Long Good-Bye? Liquidity Events and Exits - do you want global severance, performance management or change of control policies?
  • Globalization in Retreat? What is the possible fall-out of the trade war(s) – are your policies ready?

2:20PM-3:05PM   Room 209


3:30PM-4:30PM   Room 203/204
How Not to Get "Fed Up" With Investigations

Brian Stretch & Peter Huston
Sidley Austin LLP

In this presentation, two former Department of Justice counsel - a former U.S. Attorney for the Northen District of California and a former First Assistant U.S. Attorney - share their perspectives for engaging, avoiding and predicting the DOJ's priorities for companies in the technology and life science sectors.

Please Note: Program details are subject to change without notice

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