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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21st Annual Legal Update

Start Date: 2/21/2018 7:30 AM CST
End Date: 2/21/2018 11:00 AM CST

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
9801 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO  United States  63134

Organization Name: HRMA of Greater St. Louis

HRMA Staff
Email: hrma@hrmastl.org
Phone: 314-892-7994

"Member Registration or "Non-Member Registration"

Always one of the most popular programs of the year, the HRMA Annual Legal Update will begin with Rex Fennessey of McMahon Berger, Sheena Hamilton of Dowd Bennett, Ferne Wolf of Sowers & Wolf, and Falon Wrigley of Armstrong Teasdale giving the keynote presentation. Afterwards, the membership will have the opportunity to break into roundtables headed by a local employment law attorney. The tables will rotate after a 30-minute presentation on a variety of legal topics. Members will be able to hear a total of three different topics of their choice.

Keynote Presentation: Ripped From the Headlines
Presented by: Rex Fennessey, Partner, McMahon Berger; Sheena Hamilton, Associate, Dowd Bennett; Ferne Wolf, Sowers & Wolf; and Falon Wrigley, Associate, Armstrong Teasdale

Using case studies and real-life experiences, the panelists will discuss different topics and provide practical advice for those who might face a similar situation. Discussion topics include leave conundrums such as FMLA, ADA, and workers' compensation; epic fails in written communication and the importance of good, thoughtful documentation; best practices for terminations; failures in leadership and management; and harassment in the workplace and #MeToo.

About Our Speakers
Rex Fennessey
represents the interests of employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Prior to joining McMahon Berger, Mr. Fennessey served for six years as an Assisstant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, where he defended the interests of the State and its elected and appointed officials in civil rights, employment discrimination, education lawa, and professional licensing matters. Mr. Fennessey has litigated before administrative agencies, Missouri Circuit Court, Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court, and Federal Disctrict Courts, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Fennessey routinely counsels clients on a wide range of employment, labor law and pre-litigation issues. His practice includes all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination cases under the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and in employment discrimination cases. He is involved in litigating employment discrimination claims as well as investigating and responding on behalf of management to employee claims before administrative agencies. In addition, he assists in advising clients on day-to-day employment-related matters.

Sheena R. Hamilton concentrates on employment and complex commercial litigation and corporate internal investigations. She manages all aspects of litigation and proceedings, including case strategy, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiation, trial and appeal. Primarily, Sheena defends employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies across the United States. She tries cases alleging employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as wage and hour disputes, to verdict and through appeals. Her clients include large retailers, healthcare providers, LTL carriers, property managers, and business owners and executives.

Sheena regularly speaks and writes on employment and labor law. She presents to attorneys and human resources professionals on topics such as maintaining a respectful workplace, conducting workplace investigations, creating and implementing privacy policies, and applying rules of evidence and procedure.

An author of more than 20 articles in publications such as the Missouri Employment Law Letter, Missouri Business, St. Louis Lawyer, and TYL, Sheena also has been quoted as an authority on matters involving employment and labor law by The New York Times, Law360, the Society for Human Resource Management and the ABA Journal.

Sheena also serves on the boards of directors for professional and community organizations. Prior to joining Dowd Bennett, she clerked for the then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Falon Wrigley is an experienced employment attorney and counselor. Her clients include global, publicly traded entities, regional employers and growing startup companies. Falon has worked with private and public institutions. She routinely provides advice and counsel regarding local, national and global employment law compliance and best practices. Her experience includes application of state, federal and international laws, including those pertaining to hiring and recruiting, discipline, investigations, security and data protection, employee relations, wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, application of restrictive covenants, arbitration agreements, executive compensation agreements and employee contracts, terminations and workforce restructuring activities.

Falon partners with management and leaders across multiple functions to determine strategy and approach on employment-related policies, guidelines and processes, emphasizing an approach that balances pragmatism, risk and compliance. She also routinely develops and delivers practical and engaging training programs regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), data privacy and the electronic workplace, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) and emerging employment law trends.

When disputes arise, Falon collaborates with and supports clients through investigations and audits. She is also an experienced employment law litigator, successfully defending cases in state and federal courts across multiple jurisdictions. Her experience includes jury and benck trials, as well as multiple successful injunctive actions. Falon has argued before numerous federal and state courts, including the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In her past role as a law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Falon gained invaluable insight into developing and delivering winning arguments - which she incorporates into her daily practice.

She has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Labor & Employment Law for the years 2013 and 2015-2017 based on the nominations of her peers. Falon dedicates significant time to speaking and presenting to peer and industry groups. Falon has also appeared as guest speaker on In the Workplace, a part of Business Radio on Sirius XM Powered by the Wharton School of Business. She has also presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Business & Legal Resources (BLR), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and numerous other industry and trade groups. She has authored articles for, contributed to or been quoted by national industry publications, including Corporate Counsel, Aspatore Books, BLR, The Missouri Bar Journal, National Law Review, Saint Louis University School of Public Law Review and Law360.

Falon is also involved in many professional organizations, including the American Bar Association (ABA). She is a member of the ABA's Labor & Employment Section and serves on the International Employment Law Committee. Falon is also a member of Armstrong Teasdale's Women's Inclusion Network, is actively involved in recruitment of talented and diverse lawyers, acts as a mentor and sponsor for summer associates and new attorneys, and serves on the Board of Directors for Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments, a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence obtain emergency sanctuary, counseling and court services.

Roundtable Topics include:
  • Crossed Wires: When Can Employees Use Your Electronic Resources to Complain About Work?
  • Discipline & Discharge Boot Camp
  • Employee Handbook Do's & Don'ts: Best Practices to Avoid Common Pitfalls
  • FMLA - More Hints & Tips
  • How to win More Unemployment Hearings
  • I-9s for Everyone! Important Reminders & Tips for Ensuring I-9 & E-Verify Compliance
  • Implicit Bias in the Workplace
  • Investigation Best Practices
  • Managing a Freelance Workforce
  • Managing Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
  • Navigating Employee Leaves of Absence
  • Responding to Agency Investigations
  • Honesty is the Best Policy: Three Simple Steps to Deal with Almost Any Issue at Work
  • Overhauling Your Performance Appraisals to Avoid/Defeat Claims
  • Potential 2018 State/Federal Legislative Action
  • Recruitment/Hiring/Onboarding
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination in a #TimesUp #MeToo World
  • Social Media in Today's Workplace
  • The NLRB's New Direction - What it Means for Your Handbooks & Employment Policies & Practices
  • Up in Smoke: Medical Marijuana Issues in the Workplace
  • Wage & Hour Update
  • What to Do About #MeToo: Preventing & Investigating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • What's Hot in Immigration & How it Will Affect Your Foreign National Workers
  • 1099 vs. Employee
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation
9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussions

Member - Included in Dues
Non-Members - $75

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Closed: 2/19/2018 11:45 PM

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