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The wait is over!  Registration is now open for YCST’s Annual Employment Law Seminar.  This year’s seminar will be held on May 8, 2014, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.   Check out the registration brochure for specific topics, speakers, and schedule.  We hope to see you there!

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Back by popular demand!  Our FMLA Master Class, presented in conjunction with BLR and HR Hero, is always the most requested seminar from clients and seminar participants.  So, at your request, we’ve brought it back. 

If your organization is subject to the Family Medical Leave Act or if you are nearing 50 employees, you should consider joining us on February 12, 2014, for this in-depth, full-day program. 

You can learn more about the program and register online.  We’ll look forward to seeing you then!

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a number of significant opinions over the past few months that address employment laws and practices, including harassment, retaliation, arbitration, and collective action wage claims. The impact of these decisions will be both immediate and far reaching. I am pleased to be participating in a webinar about these recent decisions and even more pleased to offer readers the opportunity to register for the event for free. 

The 90-minute webinar will be held on July 17, 2013, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time.  Among the cases that will be discussed are:

  • Vance v. Ball State University: Are there steps an employer should take to reduce the potential for harassment liability based on “supervisor” actions? 
  • University of Southwestern Texas Medical Center v. Nassar: Is this the end of retaliation claims as we know them, or a case that only lawyers can love?
  • American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant: Should an employer consider changes to arbitration agreements? 
  • Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk: A new defense for employers facing a collective-action lawsuit for unpaid wages?

We also will briefly discuss the potential impact of the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action decision, the recess appointments of NLRB members, and whether Congress will take steps to undo any of these Supreme Court decisions.

The webinar is offered by the Employment Law Alliance, of which Young Conaway is a proud member.  The Employment Law Alliance is the most comprehensive network of labor and employment attorneys in the world.   Members provide employment, labor, and immigration expertise in more than 135 countries around the globe and all 50 U.S. states.  We work closely together to ensure that their clients’ legal matters are handled seamlessly wherever they do business. We provide a smarter, more efficient and effective alternative to using a single multi-state or multi-national law firm.

To register, go to the Employment Law Alliance website and click “the “Register Now” link in the webinar box on the right side of your screen.  When asked for the name of the referring ELA member firm and attorney, simply enter Young Conaway and Molly DiBianca.  Hope to “see” you then!

Can employers demand to see an employee’s or applicant’s social-networking profile? To learn the answer to that and related questions, I hope you will join us for a free 90-minute webinar on Thursday, July 12, from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT.

About the Webinar

Recent press reports indicate that many employers are beginning to require job applicants to disclose their login information and passwords in order to access Facebook accounts and other private information contained in various forms of social media. They are doing this in large part out of frustration due to resume fraud, an inability to obtain meaningful references, and concerns over allegations of negligent hiring. These practices raise a number of significant privacy concerns and legal issues. This session will provide a national perspective on issues including:

  • Why employers are seeking to obtain this information
  • A review of current federal and state laws triggered by these practices
  • An overview of proposed federal legislation and state laws being considered around the country
  • How this practice may affect your corporate culture and ability to recruit the best and brightest
  • Alternative methods for obtaining meaningful applicant information


This timely webinar is sponsored by Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest network of employer’s lawyers, with members in all 50 states and 140 countries.  Young Conaway is a proud long-time member of the ELA.  I’m thrilled to be presenting on this topic again with Steve Hirschfeld, CEO of the ELA and Partner, Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, San Francisco, CA.   Completing the line-up will be Angela Rud of Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis, MN, and Kara E. Shea, of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC, Nashville, TN.


Because of our affiliation with the ELA, we are able to offer this webinar to blog readers at no cost.  To register, visit the webinar’s page on the ELA website and enter “Young Conaway” as the referring law firm. 

Feel free to share this invitation with as many of your colleagues as you want.  Since registration is per site, only one person needs to register if you will be in the same room listening together.  If you will be in different offices or locations, each person will need to register.  You will listen to the webinar and view the power point slides via your computer; please be sure you are able to do that (instructions for downloading the meeting software will be included in your registration confirmation).  A phone option will be available, but you will need to cover any related charges.


I hope you’ll be able to join us on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern for what is sure to be an informative webinar on a timely and important topic.

The Family and Medical Leave Act has been a part of the workplace for more than a decade, so it’s gotten easier for HR to administer, right? Not so. Confusing regulations, coupled with numerous recent changes at both the legislative and regulatory levels and conflicting court decisions, ensure that FMLA continues to be one of the biggest compliance headaches for employers.

The FMLA Master Class can help you clarify the confusion surrounding the numerous legislative and regulatory changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and get answers to all your FMLA questions at this advanced-level seminar just for Delaware employers.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Holiday Inn Select — Wilmington 630 Naamans Road Claymont, DE 19703 302.792.2700

Seminar Fee:
Just $397 per person Just $297 for each additional person from your organization
Visit to see the full agenda and to register.

Last week, I appeared on the The Proactive Employer, talking about all things workplace social media with host Stephanie Thomas, and fellow employment-law blogger, Jon Hyman of the Ohio Employers’ Law Blog.  The 60-minutes was over before we knew it but, lucky for you, if you missed the live version, you can listen to a recording of the show by either streaming it from the Proactive Employer site, or by downloading it from iTunes. 

Jonathan T. Hyman of the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog and I will be guests on this week’s edition of The Proactive Employer podcast with Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D. Jon and I are not only friends from the employment-law blogosphere but we also collaborated on the book, Think Before You Click, Strategies for Manging Social Media in the Workplace, together. Jon served as editor and co-author and I wrote the chapter on the interplay between privacy and social media.

On the podcast, we’ll be discussing some of the many issues relating to social media for employers, sharing tips on social-media policies, and offering suggestions on how to ensure employees are using social media safely. We’ll also be fielding questions and comments from listeners.

The podcast airs live on Thursday, May 24, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time and will be available as a download therafter. I hope you can join us then!

Delaware employers, you’ve got less than a week to register for the year’s most popular employment-law seminar. May 9 is just around the corner, but there is still time to register if you haven’t already done so. We’ve already beat our previous records in number of attendees but there are still seats available.

We are very pleased to announce that Delaware PERB Executive Director Deborah Murray-Sheppard will be joining Bill Bowser, Scott Holt, and Mike Stafford, for the Public Sector Update.

The details, including how to register, are available on the Seminar Event webpage. We hope to see you there!

If you are a legal blawgger or considering the idea, you may want to consider attending an upcoming CLE hosted by the ABA titled, Is Your Legal Blog Compliant?

The 90-minute webinar will be held on April 24, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Here’s the description from the webinar registration page:

If your law firm has a blog and you have not paid attention to the matter of Hunter v. Virginia State Bar, you want to participate in this ethics CLE that addresses what amounts to a case of first impression in how blogs are interpreted under the Modern Rules of Professional Conduct.

Blogs have been around since the late 1990s, yet this recent cyberspace battle in Virginia is the first real challenge by a state bar to the often cloudy areas of interpretation. Is a blog advertising, marketing, editorial, personal, or business? Where does the First Amendment end and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct begin? Should a state bar look at a blog as marketing or something else?

This expert panel, including the plaintiff, Horace Hunter, features some of the profession’s leading voices in the world of legal ethics, blogging, and first amendment issues. Get a grasp on the numerous ethics issues up for discussion when examining the use of blogs by lawyers (“blawgs”) against the backdrop of state bar rules, ethics opinions, and court cases. Participation in social networking sites and its relationship to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct will also be discussed.

I am honored to be one of the presenters for this session, which certainly is of great interest to me and, I would imagine, to any of my fellow legal bloggers in the blawgosphere, as well. I hope you can join us!

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