Start Date: 1/10/2018 7:45 AM EST
End Date: 1/10/2018 10:00 AM EST
Venue Name: Tower Club
8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Ste 1700
HR Alliance DC
Join us for our HR Alliance DC Annual Meeting and our Legal Update Program.
Networking: 7:45 - 8:15 AM
Join us early for an opportunity to meet new people!
Years of Congressional deadlock has meant very little change to federal employment and labor law in the past few years. Although the Obama administration made efforts to achieve its goals through agency rulemaking, guidance and executive orders, the Trump administration has already rolled back many of these Obama-era initiatives. As a result, state and local governments have stepped in to provide protections to private sector employees, and some have stated they will be even more vigilant about worker rights in the upcoming Trump years. State and local workplace law developments are wide-ranging, including such areas as paid sick leave, minimum wage, predictable scheduling, criminal background checks and credit checks, pay transparency (protecting workers who wish to discuss their salaries with others), wage theft, pregnancy accommodations and privacy.
Key learning objectives include:
- Comprehensive discussion of recent employment law developments in DC, Maryland and Virginia, including changes at the local level in Virginia and Maryland counties.
- Discussion of anticipated legislation, such as the DC Paid Family Leave bill, Maryland’s competing paid sick leave laws, and other legislative trends.
- New worker protections elsewhere in the country, such as predictive scheduling, prohibiting employers from asking applicants about prior compensation, and similar trends.
- Opportunity to ask questions, engage in discussion and participate in lively interaction with experienced, engaging speakers.
Teresa Burke Wright and Amanda Vaccaro, Jackson Lewis, Washington, D.C. Region office
is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a seasoned litigator, having represented employers ranging in sizes from eight to 18,000 employees in litigation, severance negotiations and administrative proceedings. She helps clients on a daily basis to comply with state and federal employment laws and navigate challenging workplace law issues. She provides practical business advice based on “best practices” and is a sought-after speaker and trainer on employment law topics.
Ms. Wright was the Litigation Manager of the Washington, D.C. office, one of the Firm’s largest offices, from 2005 until 2014. As the Litigation Manager, she served as the office’s local expert on litigation questions, monitored litigation trends, educated the D.C. office attorneys on developments in workplace litigation, and assigned and tracked litigation within the office, while managing her own caseload.
Ms. Wright also is active in the Firm’s Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group. In that capacity, Ms. Wright acts as a regional and national expert on employee health and leave issues facing employers, including issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and similar state and local laws, such as the D.C. Sick and Safe Leave Act and Maryland Flexible Leave Act.
Ms. Wright has handled jury trials and other litigation involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination. She counsels management daily regarding such employment issues as employee discipline and termination; preparation of employment contracts; drafting personnel policies and handbooks; investigation of employee misconduct and preventing unlawful harassment.
Education: Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1986, Phi Beta Kappa and Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents employers in litigation, mediation and arbitration involving a wide range of employment-related claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various state wage payment and human rights laws, as well as breach of contract and tort claims.
Recently, Ms. Vaccaro served as co-counsel in a jury trial in federal court, in which Jackson Lewis’ client prevailed on all counts. Ms. Vaccaro also provides counsel and training to employers to help them avoid litigation. She regularly advises employers on various employment-related issues, including hiring, performance management, leave, termination, employment contracts, personnel policies and handbooks.
After law school, Ms. Vaccaro served as a volunteer attorney in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Washington Field Office.
Education: Vassar College, B.A., 2006, cum laude and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2009, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
This program has been preapproved by HRCI for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHRTM
, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRiTM
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This program has been submitted to SHRM and is valid for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM