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2020 Legal Update | Thursday, February 20


The annual Legal Update is a one day crash course on the relevant legal changes, modifications, and updates our members need to know and understand in order to protect their organizations. In these engaging panel conversations experts share their knowledge of the legal developments that have already happened and give us a preview of the legal landscape.


Four Points by Sheraton Richmond
9901 Midlothian Turnpike | Richmond, VA 23235


7:45 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast/Networking/Visit Exhibitors

8:30 am – 8:40 am

Welcome and Announcements

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Legal Update: Hot Topics and Practical Advice
Fielding Douthat, Woods Rogers PLC
Leah Stiegler, Woods Rogers PLC

9:50 am – 10:30 am

Health Plan Hot Topics: Legislative and Litigation Updates for Employer Plan Sponsors
Lindsey Surratt, Gallagher

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Break to visit Exhibitors

10:50 am – 11:50 am

Employment Law Update: 2020 Employment Law Changes You Need to Plan For
Michael McIntosh, Littler
Charles Trowbridge, Littler

11:50 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch Break/Visit Exhibitors

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Who Is My Employee? Independent Contractor and Joint Employer Issues
Randy Sparks, Kaufman and Canoles
Neil Talegaonkar, Kaufman and Canoles

1:35 pm – 2:35 pm

Texting, Sexting and Online Nonsense: EEO in a Digital World
Karen Michael, KarenMichael PLC

2:35 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:25 pm

Pay Equity Analysis
Karen Elliott, Eckert Seamans

Brendan C. Horgan, Eckert Seamans

3:25 - 4:05 pm The View from the EEOC
Victoria Lipnic, US EEOC
4:05 - 4:10 pm


Hot Topics and Practical Advice

As the decade begins, HR is facing new set of challenges and shifting workplace practices.


Less than 20 years ago, marijuana was illegal in all 50 states. Now all but four have some form of medical marijuana law. Have your drug policies kept up? As mental health awareness grows, do you know how the FMLA and ADA apply to mental health issues? Are you risking an Equal Pay Act lawsuit if you ask job applicants for their salary history? Calculating regular rate of pay, bonuses, and overtime is complicated by fluctuating workweeks. Are you sure your policies meet the new FLSA guidelines?


These are just some of the hot topics and challenges HR professionals may need to address in the coming year. This session will showcase examples, outcomes, and practical advice in a lively, interactive format.

Fielding Douthat
Attorney, Woods Rogers
About Fielding Douthat

Leah Stiegler
Associate, Woods Rogers
About Leah Stiegler

Health Plan Hot Topics: Legislative and Litigation Updates for Employer Plan Sponsors

As another presidential election cycle nears, health and welfare plan regulation is poised to take center stage once again. While 2019 brought new guidance for HSAs and HRAs, it has also seen continued ongoing legal challenges and modifications to PPACA and increased enforcement of existing regulations. Many employer plan sponsors are wondering what 2020 might hold in store as we approach PPACA’s ten-year anniversary.


This session, designed for business and HR leaders, will review the most important recently enacted and pending legislation impacting employer-sponsored health plans, including the repeal of the Cadillac Tax and the health insurer fee, and the extension of the PCORI fee. We will also address the current state of the law for employee wellness programs and recent litigation highlighting important compliance considerations for employers who currently offer, or are thinking about offering, an incentive-based wellness program. Finally, we will close with a discussion of the actions employer plan sponsors can take now to best position themselves for compliance in 2020 and beyond. Will next year bring more enforcement and uncertainty, or answers to existing questions? Attend this session to find out!

Lindsey Surratt
Area Senior Vice President, Compliance Counsel, Legislative Compliance, Gallagher
About Lindsey Surratt

Employment Law Update: 2020 Employment Law Changes You Need to Plan For

A hallmark of Littler's legal updates is their consistent focus on presenting current challenges and suggesting strategies to assist employers prepare for issues they will face in coming years. Littler’s Michael McIntosh and Chuck Trowbridge invite you to an exploration of some of the most significant developments in local employment laws impacting Virginia employers, to help you enhance your organization's legal compliance and prepare for workplace challenges to come.
While employment law is always evolving, signs suggest Virginia, and many surrounding jurisdictions, are in the midst of a particularly active period. This overview will cover some of the key legal issues coming into focus in 2020, including:

  • Recently enacted Virginia employment laws, including the Commonwealth’s new rules regarding wage statements
  • New employment laws that may be coming down the pike in 2020, in light of Virginia’s first Democratic “trifecta” since 1993
  • An update on employment law legislation in neighboring jurisdictions, including Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Mike McIntosh
Office Managing Shareholder, Littler
About Mike McIntosh

Charles Trowbridge
Associate, Littler
About Charles Trowbridge

Who Is My Employee? Independent Contractor and Joint Employer Issues

The old maxim “The more things change, the more they stay the same” certainly does not apply in the HR arena. This is especially true when it comes to independent contractors and joint employment. During this session, we will look at developments from the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board, including the DOL’s recently released joint employer rule, and court decisions concerning the determinations of who is an independent contractor and when is there joint employment and discuss ways for employers to identify and address risks. After all, you need to know who is your employee and who is not. You might be surprised by the answers.


Randy Sparks
Attorney, Kaufman & Canoles
About Randy Sparks

Neil Talegaonkar
Attorney, Kaufman & Canoles
About Neil Talegaonkar

Texting, Sexting and Online Nonsense: EEO in a Digital World

With all new cases and recommendations, Karen will present an updated version of her popular “Texting, Sexting and other Online Nonsense” outlining the rights and obligations of employees and employers when an employee’s use of his or her electronic communications or social media negatively impacts the workplace.

Karen Michael
President, KarenMichael PLC
About Karen Michael

Pay Equity Analysis

Karen Elliott together with Brendan Horgan of Eckert Seamans will address Developing Equal Pay Strategies For Your Company based on the current status of the law, including an update on legislation before the current Virginia General Assembly that may impact future state law compliance.


Karen Elliott
Attorney, Eckert Seamans
About Karen Elliott

Brendan Horgan
Associate, Eckert Seamans
About Brendan Horgan

The View from the EEOC

EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic will address the current status of the EEO-1 Component 2 requirements as well as Equal Pay and other current news you need to know from the EEOC – with Karen Elliott of Eckert Seamans as moderator.


Victoria Lipnic
Commissioner, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
About Victoria Lipnic

Registration Information

Registration Rates
Early Bird Rate (before 2/7/2020) Regular Rate
Member $199
Non-member  $249 (New this year! Includes a 1-year Professional-Local Membership)  $299 (New this year! Includes a 1-year Professional-Local Membership)




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