8:25 Welcome and Introductions
8:30 Introduction to North Carolina Employment Cases
Laura J. Wetsch, Winslow Wetsch PLLC, Raleigh
Receive a basic overview of the common law doctrine of "employment at‐will" and North Carolina statutory and common law claims, including wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), and employment‐related torts such as negligent hiring and retention, tortious interference with contract, defamation, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
9:40 Introduction to Federal Employment Discrimination Laws
Kathryn "Katie" Hagerman, Van Kampen Law PC, Charlotte
Joshua R. "Josh" Van Kampen, Van Kampen Law PC, Charlotte
Learn the fundamentals of the critical federal statutes governing claims of unlawful discrimination in employment based on factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, age and disability (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act).
10:50 Basics of Litigating Employment Cases
Michael A. Kornbluth, Kornbluth Ginsberg Law Group PA, Durham
Jill S. Stricklin, Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP, Winston-Salem
Experienced trial lawyers discuss the fundamentals of pretrial proceedings through mediation and summary judgment in a typical employment law case in federal court. Learn best practices for proceeding toward trial from both the plaintiff's perspective and the defendant's perspective.
12:00 Basic Wage Protection Law
Bartina L. Edwards, The Law Offices of Bartina Edwards, Charlotte
Wood W. "Woody" Lay, O'Hagan Meyer, Charlotte
Hear an introduction to the requirements of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, including minimum wage, overtime and wage payment requirements.
12:45 Lunch Break
1:15 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Janean B. Dunn, Forrest Firm PC, Raleigh
Jessica E. Leaven, Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, Asheville
Gain a better understanding of the complex relationship between the FMLA and the ADA, especially when the inability to work arises from a workplace accident or occupational disease.
2:10 Damages in Employment Law Cases
Daniel C. Lyon, Elliot Morgan Parsonage PLLC, Charlotte
Julian H. Wright Jr., Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Receive an introduction to the common law and statutory damages available in employment claims, including discussions on required proof of damages, mitigation of damages and defenses.
3:05 Introduction to the National Labor Relations Act
Shannon R. Meares, National Labor Relations Board, Winston-Salem
Lisa R. Shearin, National Labor Relations Board, Winston-Salem
Listen as the presenters give an introduction to the National Labor Relations Act and the National Labor Relations Board, the agency responsible for enforcing the Act. This session addresses how the Act applies to non-unionized employers, including an overview of protected concerted activity; employee rights to discuss and share information about their wages and other conditions of employment; and employer handbook rules.
4:00 Introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Jill F. Cramer, North Carolina Department of Labor, Raleigh
Hear an introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina, how the North Carolina program differs from federal OSHA, and how OSHNC enforces the Act. Learn about OSH enforcement procedures, what to expect during inspections, citations, and how to respond to a notice of citation, including filing a contestment with the OSH Review Commission.
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