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Doubletree Guest Suites - Charleston, SC (map)
NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Conference
presented by
The South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division and
the S.C. Employment & Labor Law Section


This event is sold-out. There will be a video replay of the N.C./S.C. Labor and Employment Law Conference on February 7 - 8, 2012. Please check back for further details.

About the Seminar

This seminar qualifies for 11.0 MCLE credit hours, including 1.0 LEPR and 11.0 Labor and Employment Specialization.  

The 2011 NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Program will feature many riveting topics and speakers. This advanced level program highlights topics such as “Insight From the Federal Bench” moderated by the Honorable Shiva Hodges, as well as a fascinating panel of in-house corporate attorneys who will discuss “The Trends We See and Those We Want to See.”

The NLRB update will feature the Board’s actions in the last year, how they have impacted and will continue to impact South Carolina, especially as they relate to Boeing. 
An engaging “Point/Counterpoint” discussion from both the plaintiffs’ and defense side to discuss how we as employment attorneys can improve our own business environment. 
As the federal agencies have taken a much more aggressive approach in implementing and enforcing employee rights, former U.S. Solicitor of Labor Greg Jacobs will discuss new developments in the wage and hour laws and what they mean in today’s environment. Plus there will be a presentation concerning the EEOC’s initiative on systemic discrimination. 
As we see retaliation claims on the rise, an informative update will be given on the status of retaliation and whistle-blower claims. Another update will be on the ever and swift-changing landscape of social media and how it affects our practice and our clients, and how we represent them. Finally, a topic that has not recently been broached at this conference, “Personality Testing in the Workplace.”
As always, there will be excellent substantive updates from the Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit, and the North and South Carolina updates, as well as an Ethics Update to satisfy our annual CLE requirements, all of which will be brilliantly presented.

 Hotel Information
The block of rooms at the Doubletree Guest Suites has been filled. At this time reservations will be filled on a space-and-rate available basis. Call the Doubletree directly at 877-408-8733 and identify yourself as being with the NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Seminar for space and rate availability.

Program Agenda

7:45 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kristine L. Cato
                Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC
8:40 a.m. Supreme Court Review
Jonathan R Harkavy
                Patterson Harkavy, LLP
                Greensboro, NC
9:40 a.m. Fourth Circuit Update
Brian S. Clarke
                Charlotte School of Law
                Charlotte, NC
10:40 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.
Ethics 2011: We are not in Kansas Anymore
                 Karen L. Luchka
                 Fisher & Phillips, LLP
12:00 p.m. Annual Meetings: North Carolina and South Carolina
12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. Insight from the Federal Bench
The Hon. Shiva V. Hodges, District of S.C.
                The Hon. Max O. Cogburn, Western District of N.C.
                Asheville, NC
2:30 p.m. Improving the Business Environment (Our Own) – Practical Advice and Strategies on Handling Employment Litigation from the Other Side of the Counsel’s Table
Brian P. Murphy
                Brian Murphy Law Firm, PC
                Stephanie E. Lewis
                Jackson Lewis, LLP
3:30 p.m. Break (Sponsored in part by Huseby, Inc.)
3:45 p.m. 
North Carolina Case Law Update
  Robin E. Shea
                  Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP
                  Winston Salem, NC
                  South Carolina Case Law Update
Amy Y. Jenkins
                  McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC

4:45 p.m. The Landscape of Social Media – How Does it Affect Your Practice and Clients?
  Allison E. Serafin
                Jackson Lewis, LLP
                Cary, NC
                The New FLSA Regulations – What They Mean in Today’s Environment
Gregory F. Jacobs, former US Solicitor of Labor
                Winston & Strawn, LLP
                Washington, D.C.
5:45 p.m. Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. The EEOC’s Initiative on Systemic Discrimination
  C. Geoffrey Weirich
                Paul Hastings, LLP
                Atlanta, GA
9:15 a.m. Legalities of Personality Testing in the Workplace: Effective Guidance in the Legal Use of Pre and Post Employment Personality Testing
Caryn C. Lee
                 Managing Director, Center for Applied Cognitive Studies
                 Charlotte, NC
10:15 a.m. Corporate Counsel Panel – The Trends We See and Those We Want to See
J. Hagood Tighe, Moderator
                  Fisher & Phillips LLP
                  Judith M. Davis
                  Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Corie D. Pauling
                  TIAA – CREF
                  Charlotte, NC
                  Melissa Garrett
                  The Pantry
                  Cary, NC
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. NLRB Update
Fred W. Suggs Jr.
                  Ogletree Deakins Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
                  The Proliferation of Retaliation/ Whistleblower Claims
Laura J. Wetsch
                  Winslow Wetsch, PLLC
                  Raleigh, NC
12:30 p.m. Adjourn


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