NOVUS Law Firm & FortneyScott’s Webinar: Campus Labor Relations: Using Lawful Race-Conscious Practices in Admissions, Employment, and Other Institutional Decision-Making

In this Winter 2021 series, Natasha Baker, Esq., Elizabeth Bradley, Esq., and David S. Fortney, Esq. will discuss the potential labor and employment law changes that colleges and universities will face under the Biden/Harris Administration.

This week’s topic: Campus Labor Relations: Using Lawful Race-Conscious Practices in Admissions, Employment, and Other Institutional Decision-Making.  The webinar will be held Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST.

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FortneyScott Employer Briefing: “The Biden Administration and the Workplace: Major Changes Continue”

Join FortneyScott’s complimentary Employer Briefing on Monday, March 8th from noon to 1:00 pm ET.
Employers’ interests and workplace obligations are being affected by the political and policy developments in Washington, DC. As President Biden pushes to get his American Relief Act enacted by mid-March, the House is passing a number of progressive bills facing a tough fight in the Senate. Meanwhile, Biden’s Cabinet is slowly being confirmed, as opposition mounts to prominent progressive nominees. With the Labor Secretary nominee Marty Walsh pending confirmation by the Senate, the Department of Labor already is staking out areas where new regulations and guidance will be forthcoming.
To help employers understand these changes, FortneyScott’s attorneys will discuss:
  • The Administration’s COVID response and vaccine distribution plan;
  • What the COVID relief bill might include – and leave out;
  • How divisive legislative initiatives, such as the “Fight for $15,” the Equality Act, the Pro Act, paid leave, and voting rights, are impacting the Biden administration’s agenda;
  • DOL’s views on joint employer and independent contractor, and changes for Federal contractors; and
  • The latest developments at the federal agencies, including new Cabinet confirmations and staff appointees.

 

 

 

Attorneys Burt Fishman and Nita Beecher presenting BLR Webinar February 17th

Attorneys Burt Fishman and Nita Beecher will be presenting the Employee or Independent Contractor? DOL Changing Rules for Test webinar on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 from 1:30 PM ET/10:30 AM PT for 90 minutes. BLR is sponsoring.

Synopsis:  The DOL has proposed a new rule regarding independent contractor classification that will likely be enacted before the end of the Trump administration. The rule changes the test used to determine whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), making it easier for many employers to classify workers as independent contractors. The distinction between an employee and an independent contractor is important because most employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay under the FLSA, but independent contractors are not.

The DOL’s proposed new rule adopts an “economic realities” test to determine whether a worker is economically dependent on a particular employer for work (and therefore classified as an employee) or whether the worker is “in business for” him or herself (and therefore classified as an independent contractor). The new proposed rule narrows the previous test to five distinct factors, two of which are “core” factors, and the remaining three of which are “guideposts” for the analysis.

Although the DOL’s new rule applies to employers all over the country, employers must remember they are also subject to state laws that might be more restrictive. For example, in Massachusetts, employers seeking to classify a worker as an independent contractor must satisfy the demanding “ABC test.”

And how will the Biden presidency impact these rules?

This webinar will address all the new rules put in place by the DOL along with expected changes that may arise from the Biden administration.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Implement the changes from the old way of determining classification to the new
  • Apply the new “economics realities” test to correctly classify workers
  • Identify applicable state regulations that take precedent over the new federal rule

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FortneyScott Attorney Nita Beecher Presenting at 2021 NILG Conference in August

Nita Beecher has been selected to present at the upcoming NILG 2021 National Conference in Nashville, TN. She will be presenting on OFCCP Compliance Review Practice – Practitioner Perspectives & Expert Opinions on Monday, August 2, 2021, at 4:15 – 5:15 PM. You can view her session either in-person or via live broadcast.

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FortneyScott Attorney Consuela Pinto and WorkPlace HR Consultant Yolanda Hunter Presenting at 2021 NILG Conference in August

FS attorney Consuela Pinto and WorkPlace HR consultant Yolanda Hunter have been selected to present at the upcoming NILG 2021 National Conference in Nashville, TN. They will be presenting on Enhancing DE&I through Pay Equity: Using Pay Equity to Assess the Success of DE&I Programs on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at 8:00 – 9:30 AM. You can view their session either in-person or via live broadcast.

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FortneyScott Attorney Elizabeth Bradley Presenting at 2021 NILG Conference in August

Elizabeth Bradley has been selected to present with Paul White of Resolution Economics at the upcoming NILG 2021 National Conference in Nashville, TN.  They will be presenting on Intersectionality in Employment Discrimination: What It Is & How to Analyze It on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm.  You can view their session either in-person or via live broadcast.

Intersectionality – the concept of multiple characteristics (race, gender, age, disability, veteran) overlapping to contribute to systemic discrimination – is gaining increased focus by federal enforcement agencies (notably OFCCP) and plaintiff’s counsel. During this session, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The concept of intersectionality in workplace discrimination;
  • How federal agencies and private plaintiffs are using intersectionality to establish discrimination claims; and
  • Best practices for analyzing data to address intersectionality concerns.

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Novus Law Firm & FortneyScott’s Webinar: Labor and Employment Update for Higher Education: Campus Labor Relations – Developing Issues

Join FortneyScott and Novus Law Firm on Thursday, February 18th at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST for the second of this Winter 2021 series: Campus Labor Relations – Developing Issues.

Natasha Baker, Esq., Elizabeth Bradley, Esq., and David S. Fortney, Esq. will discuss the potential labor and employment law changes that colleges and universities will face under the Biden/Harris Administration.

Register Here.

Each month, we will continue our discussion with the following sessions:

March 18: Using Lawful Race-Conscious Practices in Admissions, Employment, and Other Institutional Decision-Making
April 15: Biden Administration Update – What We Have Learned After the First Three Months

We welcome and encourage you to submit questions that you would like to have addressed during the webinar via e-mail to info@fortneyscott.com.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit.

FortneyScott’s Employer Briefing: “The Election and the Workplace”

Join FortneyScott’s complimentary Employer Briefing: “The Election and the Workplace” on Monday, February 8th from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

President Joseph Biden has already reversed many of the most controversial actions of the prior administration, and he is putting his team in place promptly. Employers are facing rapid changes, including the federal response to the COVID 19 pandemic; the legislative agenda in Congress; how the Biden-Harris Administration is addressing issues of inequality and diversity; and the significant changes to federal workplace laws, regulations, and policies that are being implemented by the new Administration.

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To help employers understand these changes, FortneyScott’s attorneys will cover:

  • President Biden’s quick rollout of his agenda with Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda;
  • New Administration’s COVID response and vaccine distribution plan;
  • Racial justice as the centerpiece of new Administration initiatives;
  • Legislative proposals on minimum wage, immigration, and other issues; and
  • The latest developments at the federal agencies including new Cabinet and acting staff appointees

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit them via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Novus Law Firm & FortneyScott’s Webinar: Labor and Employment Update for Higher Education: What to Expect Under the Biden/Harris Administration

Join FortneyScott and Novus Law Firm on Thursday, January 14th at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST for the first in this Winter 2021 series.

Natasha Baker, Esq., Elizabeth Bradley, Esq., and David S. Fortney, Esq. will discuss the potential labor and employment law changes that colleges and universities will face under the Biden/Harris Administration.

On January 14th, we will kick off this series with an overview of the anticipated Biden/Harris Administration labor and employment priorities and initiative. We will then provide a detailed discussion of the heightened focus on faculty and staff wage gaps and internal pay equity issues. Attendees will learn strategies and steps that their institutions can take to address these issues proactively.

Register Here.

Each month, we will continue our discussion with the following sessions:

  • February 18: Campus Labor Relations – Developing Issues
  • March 18: Using Lawful Race-Conscious Practices in Admissions, Employment, and Other Institutional Decision-Making
  • April 15: Biden Administration Update – What We Have Learned After the First Three Months

We welcome and encourage you to submit questions that you would like to have addressed during the webinar via e-mail to info@fortneyscott.com.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit.

 

Webinar: The COVID Vaccine Challenge – An Employer’s Options January 6, 2021 12:00PM/ET

In this briefing, we will address the questions posed by the availability of the COVID vaccine:  1) the business community’s requirements and options regarding the use of the vaccine for employees, and 2) the legal and policy issues to be considered.

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Attorneys and HR consultants from FortneyScott and Workplace HR will cover:

  • The latest on the Biden-Harris administration COVID Policy
  • Federal laws and Guidance on vaccine use
    • OSHA/CDC
    • EEOC
    • NLRB
  • Where mandatory vaccinations are permissible
  • What exceptions must be recognized and what can be rejected
  • What employee responses you should anticipate and prepare for

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from this webinar.