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April 29, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT


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Overview (Program Summary)

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ACC Houston

ACC Houston Half Day CLE Seminar: Employment Law 2021
What in-house counsel need to know in this pivotal year
April 29, 2021 | 1-5 PM | 3.50 Hours CLE Credit – Includes .50 Hours Ethics Credit (TX)
Sponsored by Hunton Andrews Kurth

Join top law firm and in-house counsel subject matter experts as we discuss the most important labor and employment law issues facing employers in 2021.  We will cover not only the legal but also the practical aspects of what all in-house counsel will want to know in this pivotal year.  Our topics will range from return to work/work from home issues to the latest changes in the law and expected hot legal issues in 2021.  CLE credit, ethics credit, and virtual networking time will be included.


Welcome and Introduction (5 min) – 1:00-1:05 PM CT

  • Scott Nelson, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth – Event Moderator and Host
  • Kim Pilcher, Executive Counsel, U.S. Labor & Employment Law, Exxon Mobil – Event Host

Session 1:  Returning to work, working from home, or some flexible combination?  Issues employers will need to address.  (45 min) – 1:05-1:50 PM CT

  • Scott Nelson, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth – Moderator
  • Kim Pilcher, Executive Counsel, U.S. Labor & Employment Law, Exxon Mobil
  • David Comeaux, Chief Counsel - Employment and Benefits Law Group, McKesson Corporation
  • Susan Wiltsie, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Savannah Gibbs, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Session 2:  Hot Employment Law Issues in 2021 (60 min) – 1:50-2:50 PM CT

  • Holly Williamson, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth – #metoo Returns to Work
  • Michael Reed, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth – New Cannabis Laws and Drug Testing
  • Latasha McDade, Senior Counsel, Exxon Mobil – Layoffs
  • Marshall Horton, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth – Independent Contractor/Joint Employer Issues and the New Administration
  • Victor Wright, Director, Global Labor & Employment Law, KBR Inc. – FLSA Collective Actions After the Recent Swales Ruling
  • Crawford LeBouef, Associate, Hunton Andrews Kurth – The Future of Day Rate Pay in the Fifth Circuit

(10 min break) - 2:50-3:00 PM CT

Session 3:  The Rapid Rise in Employee Benefits Litigation and New Trends You Need to Know (20 min) – 3:00-3:20 PM CT

  • Scott Nelson, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • John Shely, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Session 4:  Emerging Design Considerations in Executive Compensation:  Diversity & Inclusion, Human Capital, and Change of Control (20 min) – 3:20-3:40 PM CT

  • Tony Eppert, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Drake Frazier, Senior Counsel-Benefits and Data Privacy/Security, ConocoPhillips Company

Session 5:  Whether Unionized or Not, Traditional Labor Law Issues Facing All Workplaces (20 min) – 3:40-4:00 PM CT

  • Amber Rogers, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Alan Marcuis, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Jennifer Jones, Managing Counsel – Labor & Employment Advocacy & Partnership (LEAP), Toyota

Session 6:  Privilege and Ethics Issues When Conducting Internal Employee Investigations (30 min – Ethics) – 4:00-4:30 PM CT

  • Emily Burkhardt Vicente, Partner, Co-Chair Labor and Employment, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Kevin White, Partner, Co-Chair Labor and Employment, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Elizabeth Hawkins, General Counsel, SESCO

Session 7:  Social/Networking (30 min) – 4:30-5:00 PM CT

  • Stay online and connected to participate in breakout rooms for networking and Q&A with other attendees and panelists.

Total time:  3.5 CLE hours (0.5 Ethics) with an additional 30 minutes of networking

Interest Area(s): Employment and Labor




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Credits: 3.50 Hours CLE and includes 0.50 Hours Ethics Credits
State: TX
Category: Business Law

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