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Professional Development Academy
Don't Miss An Opportunity to Obtain 6.5 SHRM/HRCI Recertification Credits!

 Export to Your Calendar 5/8/2018
When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00AM - 5:00PM
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Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce - Rm 550
7900 Westpark Drive - 5th Floor
Tysons, Virginia  22102
United States

Online registration is available until: 5/8/2018
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2018 Legal Academy

May 8, 2018

Don't Miss An Opportunity to Obtain 6.5 SHRM/HRCI Recertification Credits!







Early bird registration deadline: TBD


  • Member Rate: $125
  • Non-Member Rate: $175


Regular registration deadline: TBD


  • Member Rate: $135
  • Non-Member Rate: $185


  • Member Rate: $150
  • Non-Member Rate: $200



Employment Law Year In Review: What You Need To Know For 2018
with Christine M. Costantino, and Jaclyn Hamlin

‼️ This program has been approved for 1.25 HR General Recertification Credits by HRCI and 1.25 SHRM Recertification Credits.

This session will provide an overview of key developments that took place across the field of labor and employment law in 2017, and offer a look into developing topics in 2018. New obligations and guidance for employers will be discussed in the context of current legislation, enforcement priorities, recent decisions and social movements. Some of the highlighted topics will include: EEOC Litigation and Priorities, Pay Equity, Sexual Harassment and Work Culture, Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation Under Title VII, FLSA Overtime, Joint Employer Status, Employee Handbooks, and Immigration.


Handling Employee Request for Leave Under the ADA and FMLA and Reasonable Accommodation Requests Under ADA
with Lawrence P. Postol, and Susan Cohen

‼️ This program has been approved for 1.25 HR General Recertification Credits by HRCI and 1.25 SHRM Recertification Credits.

One of the most common tasks of HR is handling a request for leave under the ADA and FMLA and reasonable accommodation requests under the ADA.  This session will provide guidance on what procedures and writings you should have in place to handle such request, and how to handle the tough issues.  From requiring the FMLA medical certification to when to request an IME medical evaluation under the ADA.  The speakers will discuss the tough issues, including part-time work requests, job transfer demands, teleworking as an accommodation, unpaid leave beyond what the FMLA requires, and accommodating psychiatric disabilities. If you want a how-to guide, then you do not want to miss this session.


Answering Employee questions on 401(k) Plans – Best Practices For Fiduciaries
with John A. Frisch

‼️ This program has been approved for 1.5 HR General Recertification Credits by HRCI and 1.5 SHRM Recertification Credits.

Defined contribution retirement plans are subject to ERISA and its complex rules.  Understanding the rules and employing best plan management practices can result in a better 401(k) plan, one that helps employees better build toward financial security in retirement while also helping plan sponsor fiduciaries manage risk.  Best Fiduciary Practices for 401(k) Plans promises valuable takeaways for human resources and benefits professionals.  “Test Your Knowledge” questions throughout the presentation will help attendees apply key points to their own workplace situation.


Data Breach Response for the HR Professional
with Karla Grossenbacher

‼️ This program has been approved for 1.25 HR General Recertification Credits by HRCI and 1.25 SHRM Recertification Credits.

This interactive session will teach you the critical steps you need to follow in the wake of a security incident.  Whether or not the incident rises to the level of a “data breach,” you want to make sure you are taking the right steps to protect your data and your company.  The session will cover the legal framework applying to data breaches, big or small, and discuss best practices.  Session attendees will also participate in interactive tabletop exercises that will allow them to work through those steps and learn best practices.


The #MeToo Movement and the Current State of Sexual Harassment Claims
with Matthew Stiff

‼️ This program has been approved for 1.25 HR General Recertification Credits by HRCI and 1.25 SHRM Recertification Credits.

There can be no doubt that the #MeToo Movement has been a seismic event in Western culture, and its impact is especially strong in the American workplace.  Using hypothetical situations, Mr. Stiff will offer the perspective of a plaintiff’s attorney on the current state of sexual harassment claims.  His discussion will address the recent headline-grabbing sexual harassment scandals and highlight important lessons learned from those events.  Mr. Stiff also will offer a plaintiff lawyer’s perspective on best practices for HR professionals in dealing with sexual harassment concerns, including an examination of common mistakes by HR departments that he encounters in his practice.  He will provide his views on how to best approach would-be plaintiffs when discussing these complex and emotionally fraught matters, as well as suggestions for best practices on internal investigations that can withstand later scrutiny.



Christine M. Costantino
Ms. Costantino is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Washington, D.C. office. She is an experienced employment litigator, specifically defending management against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, employment-related torts, and other claims brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA and various state statutes.  Ms. Costantino also advises clients on various employment matters, including internal investigations, employee leaves, employee separations, and preparation and implementation of employment policies.
Jaclyn Hamlin
Jaclyn Hamlin is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Hamlin represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including advising on personnel issues and employment policies, defending employers before federal, state and local agencies and courts in discrimination actions, workplace tort claims, and other employment-related disputes, and providing counsel and assistance to employers in labor relations matters.
Lawrence P. Postol
Mr. Postol is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw LLP, which has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Australia, Hong Kong London, and Shanghai. Mr. Postol’s practice concentrates on the defense of employers in employment law matters, including ADA, FMLA, FLSA, SOX, ERISA, OSHA, and workers’ compensation issues.


Mr. Postol has written over 75 articles on employment and labor law issues, including a text entitled The Americans With Disabilities Act - A Compliance Manual For Employers (American Corporate Counsel Association 1993) and many articles, such as, ADAA Will Result In Renewed Emphasis On Reasonable Accommodations (SHRM HR Magazine, 2009), Employment Laws: How The District Of Columbia Differs From Virginia, Maryland And Most Other States (Washington Lawyer, 2011), and ADA Open Issues: Transfers To Vacant Positions, Leaves Of Absences, Telecommuting, and Other Reasonable Accommodations, 8 Elon Law Review 61 (Feb. 2016).
Mr. Postol for many years was on the Board of Directors of HRA-NCA (DC SHRM) and NOVA SHRM. Mr. Postol is also on the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors. Mr. Postol has successfully litigated over three dozen cases before the United States Court of Appeals and two cases before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Postol received his undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Cornell University in 1973 and his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1976, both with honors. Mr. Postol is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Connecticut, and Maryland federal court, as well as several other federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Postol is a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment published by ALM and is listed as a Super Lawyer in the DC Super Lawyers Directory. Mr. Postol can be reached at or 202-828-5385.
Susan Cohen
Ms. Cohen is senior counsel in the Washington, DC office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She counsels and represents employers and management on a wide range of labor and employment matters. Her current practice focuses primarily on traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); counseling employers and providing training on a broad spectrum of employment-related topics, such as employee discipline and termination, internal complaints and investigations, employee leaves of absence and absenteeism, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal and DC Family and Medical Leave Acts (FMLA), and the DC Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (ASSLA), and employment applications, policies and handbooks; and handling charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and similar state and local agencies. Ms. Cohen’s litigation experience includes single- and multiple-plaintiff lawsuits, class actions, arbitrations and administrative proceedings involving employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and common law claims. Ms. Cohen has worked with clients in a multitude of industries, with a particular focus on healthcare, hospitality, and education clients. Ms. Cohen is a member of Seyfarth Shaw’s Workplace Counseling and Solutions and Labor and Employee Relations Practice Groups. She also serves on the Seyfarth Shaw Reduction in Force (RIF) Best Practices Team and the Absence Management and Accommodation Team.
John A. Frisch
John A. Frisch is president of Alliant Wealth Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm. He is a CPA, a Certified Financial Planner, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Professional Plan Consultant. John has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with expertise in wealth management, investment management, qualified plans and fiduciary governance. He writes on a wide variety of financial issues and speaks throughout the greater Washington, DC area to help improve defined contribution retirement plans.
Karla Grossenbacher
Ms. Grossenbacher is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Washington, D.C. office concentrating in labor and employment law. She is Chair of Washington, D.C. Labor & Employment Practice Group and also heads the Firm’s National Workplace Privacy team. In addition, Ms. Grossenbacher serves on the Steering Committee of the Firm’s Global Privacy and Security team and the firm’s national Labor and Employment Steering Committee.
In the workplace privacy area, Ms. Grossenbacher specializes in advising employers on workplace privacy issues, such as monitoring of electronic communications, such as social media, texts, group messaging and personal email accounts, video surveillance, workplace searches and investigations, and preparation of policies that raise workplace privacy issues, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, workplace communication policies, electronic communications policies and social media policies. Ms. Grossenbacher also specializes in advising employers on responding to cybersecurity incidents and data breaches, including preparation of data breach response plans. Ms. Grossenbacher is a frequent presenter, author, and blogger on workplace privacy issues.
Ms. Grossenbacher is both an experienced litigator and counselor. She regularly advises employers on compliance with employment laws, both state and federal, and advises in-house counsel and human resources executives on high-risk terminations, employee privacy issues, and layoffs and also conducts policy reviews and audits of employment documents. Ms. Grossenbacher also has significant experience conducting high stakes workplace investigations for clients.
Matthew Stiff
Matthew Stiff is a partner with Katz, Marshall & Banks, a nationally recognized law firm with expertise in sexual harassment, whistleblower, and employment law. The firm’s lawyers have served as a leading voice for sexual harassment victims in national media outlets, and have been quoted extensively as subject matter experts on the topic in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and others. The firm’s lawyers also provide expert advice and representation on a wide range of whistleblower matters, including whistleblower retaliation cases and reward programs before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal programs. Mr. Stiff has written extensively on employment law issues and participated in a variety of speaking engagements, including for the National Employment Lawyers Association, the D.C Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, and the LGBT Bar’s Annual Lavender Law conference.

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