Our 2023 Legal Symposium will provide a great opportunity to be informed on various HR Legal Issues. The one-day session will start off with attorneys presenting on topics such as how to keep your companies DEI program from being at risk and nondisclosure agreements on sexual harassment. Learn new skills and strategies to mitigate risk within your organization while earning eight (8) recertification credits.
John Hagan - Managing Attorney, Hagan Law Group
John Hagan is an attorney who is Board Certified in HR law and who has been practicing for 26 years. He is the former president of MCHRA, DallasHR and Collin County HR. He currently serves as a board member for North Texas SHRM and Texoma SHRM. He co-wrote two books on Texas HR law. He provides regular legal updates via email and LinkedIn and so leave him your card if you want to receive them.
Presentation Topic: The Legal Future of DEI; Sex, Murder and HR
Attendees will learn the import of today’s US Supreme Court ruling, finding that affirmative action is illegal, and the likely outcomes that decision will have on future DEI programs. Attendees will learn how to keep their companies out of hot water if their DEI programs are found to be illegal, too.
Shannon Norris- Employment Law Attorney | Norris Law Firm PLLC
Shannon Norris is an attorney who has been practicing since 1993 in the areas of employment law, business litigation, trade secrets, civil fraud, and employee benefits. During that time he has represented a broad range of clients from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals. Mr. Norris has extensive experience with employment litigation, non compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and occupational fraud. He is a regular speaker on topics relating to employment law, civil litigation, and human resources. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Presentation Topic: Enforcement of Nondisclosure Agreements
Congress recently enacted the Speak Out Act, which invalidates nondisclosure and non disparagement agreements in some cases involving allegations of sexual harassment. This presentation will explain the new law and discuss actions employers should consider taking to protect their interests.
R.S. "Rob"Ghio - Hagan Law Group
Rob has been practicing law for 30 years, but most people say he looks much younger than that. Rob is a native of California and a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was an Editor of the Stanford Law Review, which also published his Note on the Iran-Contra hearings. He has spent his career focused primarily on employment law, but also has worked regularly on immigration and commercial litigation. He currently is an attorney with Hagan Law Group as well as General Counsel for MRBraz & Associates. Rob is a frequent speaker and writer, and he has been quoted in local, national, and international media.
Presentation Topic: The Magnificent Seven Things I Learned as an HR Director
Even a short stint as an HR Director provided lasting lessons about what both HR professionals and HR attorneys can do differently to work through employee issues not only before they become a liability, but even before they even become issues. This presentation discusses seven principles and practices that can help you avoid making adversaries out of employees.
Jervonne Newsome - Litigation Partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP
Jervonne's practice focuses on representing Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, corporate officers, and individuals across a range of complex civil and business litigation matters such as trusts and estates, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, business torts, employment disputes, non-compete disputes, oil and gas, and intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets, trademark infringement, and more. Her optimistic approach, unyielding work ethic, and “outside-the-box” dispute resolution strategies are highly respected among the legal community and by her clients. Jervonne’s ability to synthesize and create streamlined arguments, as well as her execution during trials, yields successful results and speedy resolutions. Her experience with both the district and appellate courts has proved invaluable when it comes to her motions practice, appellate research and writing, oral arguments, and trial strategy with clients
Presentation Topic: Hardcore FMLA and ADA
Attendees will learn about recent case updates regarding FMLA and discuss the nuances of intermittent leave, notice requirements, certification and re-certification, and performance-related issues. Attendees will also receive updates and information on the intersection between FMLA and ADA and how the recently promulgated Pregnant Workers Fairness Act can impact FMLA and ADA requirements.
Lawyer Speed Dating Topics
1:00pm - 4:00pm
John Hagan – Best HR Legal Practices
Rob Ghio – HR Mistakes That Can Lead to Lawsuits
Shannon Norris – Legislative Update
Jervonne Newsome – Legal Updates for the ADA
Wade Forsman - What Top Mistakes by HR Professionals That Plaintiff Lawyers Look For To Score Big $$$$