New regulations, new laws, new court decisions and now a new president means that keeping abreast of the workplace landscape is crucial for human resource professionals, corporate counsel, supervisors and managers, and business owners. This program will present recent developments in the area of wage and hour law, sex discrimination, and ADA/FMLA compliance. Access to the materials, as well as a continental breakfast are available to all participants.  This complimentary briefing is an opportunity to get answers to questions and specific practical advice from our employment lawyers. 


7:15 - 8:00       Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 -8:40        FLSA in a Changing Work Environment– Ellen Kearns*

The DOL issued new regulations for exempt employees that were due to take effect on December 1, 2016, but were enjoined by a federal court in Texas.  What will the appellate court or a Trump DOL do to these regs?  Moreover, what will be the focus of a Trump DOL? Also discussed in this session will be the compensability of time spent using a mobile device, engaging in pre and post shift activities, and traveling.  

8:40 -9:20        The Evolving Definition of Sex Discrimination– John Duke

Courts continue to expand the definition of sex/gender discrimination, leaving employers to grapple with confusing and sometimes contradictory rulings. In this session, we will explore the current state of the law in this area, including LGBT and transgender rights, issues of inclusion, and policies and procedures employers should implement to address this rapidly advancing area of employment law.

9:20 -10:00      ADA and FMLA Developments– Billy Hammel 

While no changes are expected to the ADA or FMLA under the Trump administration, new developments are always occurring in the courts. In this session we will explore hot accommodation and leave topics including reassignment, medical marijuana, pregnancy, medical certifications,  fitness for duty forms, intermittent leave, and dealing with employee abuse. 

*Ellen Kearns has national experience in Wage and Hour Law and is the Editor in Chief of the Third Edition of the BNA/Bloomberg Treatise titled The Fair Labor Standards Act. All seminar participants will have the opportunity to purchase, at 25% off the listed price a copy of that Treatise.

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759

Continuing Education Credit:
This program is pending approval for 2.0 HRCI, SHRM and CLE credit hours.

Attendance is complimentary, but registration is required.


For additional information please contact Nora Paul at or 512.382.8805.


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