Employee Relations Interest Group - Legal Update
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*FREE to HRMAC Members*

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
8:00-8:30 AM Networking, 8:30 - 10:00 AM Program
Where: Tech Nexus
20 N. Wacker
12th Floor - Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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Join us as our panel of experienced practitioners and agency officials walk through some of the most significant changes to employee regulations this year. The employment law landscape continues to change and those changes are likely to impact your business and its policies and procedures. Join our experienced panel, which will include a management attorney, an in-house counsel and an EEOC trial attorney, as we walk through some of the most significant changes in the employment laws this year. We invite you to participate in this interactive session by submitting the topic or question you are most interested in.  You will be prompted for your suggested topic/question when you register for the program.

Submitted Topics so far include:

·         Salary History Bans

·         Parental Leave Rather than Maternity Leave

·         Legalized Marijuana and Related Drug Testing Issues

·         Biometric Time Clocks – compliance and class action lawsuits in Illinois

·         Ban the Box Issues/Compliance

·         Class Action Waivers/Arbitration Agreements


Sarah Flotte, Partner in the Chicago office of Michael Best and Friedrich

Sarah offers proactive, strategic, business-minded employment counsel. Her experience spans state and federal laws impacting the workplace, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and a variety of other laws. Her litigation practice includes defending companies in state and federal litigation, as well as before administrative agencies including, but not limited to, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Labor.  Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.



Christine Binotti, Lead Counsel at Motorola Solutions

Christine has worked closely with HR for the last 10 years proactively counseling HR professionals on all aspects of labor and employment related matters at Motorola. She manages all employment related litigation matters and administrative (EEO) claims and a broad spectrum of legal compliance areas, including Labor and Employment, Privacy and Data Protection, Employee Benefits/Compensation and Dispute (litigation) Management and Resolution. Christine received her J.D. from Chicago's Loyola University.


Aaron Gelb, Partner at Conn Maciel Carey

Aaron has been a management-side employment lawyer for over twenty years, defending a wide range of employers in matters pending in federal and state courts as well as before fair employment agencies throughout the United States.  Aaron devotes a significant amount of his practice to workplace safety and health matters, advising clients on pre-inspection safety and health audits, defending worksite inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, advising on post-citation strategy, attending informal settlement conferences and litigating contested citations before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  While he has extensive jury trial experience, Aaron understands that most clients prefer to avoid litigation whenever possible. Accordingly, he endeavors to tailor his approach to every matter to the specific goals and objectives identified by his client.  Aaron graduated from the University of Chicago and received his JD from the University of Texas (Austin) School of Law.  In 2017, Aaron was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Employment Law: Management.  After 4 years with a large St. Louis law firm and 19 years with a large Chicago law firm, Aaron opened the Chicago office for Conn Maciel Carey, a boutique law firm focused on Workplace Safety, Labor & Employment, and Litigation, i n 2018.

Rich Mrizek, Trial Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Chicago District Office

With the Commission, Richard has litigated discrimination cases concerning race, national origin, sex, religion, disability, and retaliation. Rich has worked on significant class litigation, including, successfully obtaining an $11 million settlement for racial harassment and discrimination claims in EEOC v. Yellow Freight, and a $10 million settlement of racial harassment and discrimination claims in EEOC v. Roadway Express.  Prior to joining the EEOC, Rich worked in the Labor and Employment group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. Rich received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.


Parking: not provided (we recommend using the SpotHero app or public transportation)


The Employee Relations Interest Group is sponsored by Challenger, Gray & Christmas


This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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