Alston & Bird hosted a Labor & Employment Executive Breakfast seminar on Wednesday, August 29, 8:15 a.m. -10:00 a.m. The following topics were presented:
Brett Coburn presented "EEOC Updated Enforcement Guidance". In April 2012, the EEOC issued updated enforcement guidance on employers’ use of arrest or conviction records to make hiring or other employment decisions. We discussed the implications of the updated guidance, as well as steps employers should consider taking to minimize the various legal risks associated with the use of arrest and conviction records in making employment decisions.
Lisa Cassilly presented "Whistleblowers – A Growing Class of Employee Claimants". The plaintiffs’ employment bar is increasingly focused on the potential for lucrative recoveries based on allegations of whistleblower retaliation, and the many laws that afford employees whistleblower status. Management should likewise be aware of the growing list of conduct by employees that may be the basis of an assertion that an employee engaged in protected, whistleblower activity such that subsequent personnel actions can give rise to a retaliation claim. We provided an overview of the various whistleblower protections and an update on those that are most commonly asserted.
Clare Draper presented "Social Media – The NLRB’s Regulation of Union and Non-Union Employers". As use of social media has grown in recent years, employers have been working, and sometimes struggling, to limit unproductive and inappropriate use of social media by employees while harnessing the power of new technology for business development and other beneficial purposes. This year, the National Labor Relations Board stepped into the fray by taking the position that an employee’s use of social media is protected by law in certain circumstances and that employer limitations on its use may violate the National Labor Relations Act. We discussed the guidelines issued by the NLRB General Counsel, their application to both union and non-union employers and tips for avoiding potential liability.
The seminar was approved for one CLE hour by the State Bar of Georgia. For more information on CLE credit for this program, please contact Kelli A. Kirk at 404-881-4467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 29, 2012
8:15 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Alston & Bird LLP / 1180 West Peachtree Street / Atlanta, GA