Pre-Conference Workshop: Legal Summit

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Wednesday, October 14th 10:00am - 1:00pm

Spend the morning learning from industry experts on a wide variety of topics updating you on the latest Legal Updates, Strategies, and Issues Surrounding the Litigious Employee Environment.

Tammy R. Bennett
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Pre Conference Workshop - Legal Summit: An Interactive Exploration of Employment Laws - Sponsored By Dinsmore
Wednesday, Oct 19 2022 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Tammy is an experienced employment attorney who focuses her practice on preventive strategies, Title VII compliance and equity, diversity, and inclusion training and consulting. She is also the chief equity and inclusion officer of the firm. In this key role, she serves as a trusted adviser to leadership in the design, implementation, and management of the firm’s equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and initiatives.

She frequently conducts training, workshops, lectures, and keynote addresses on diversity and inclusion, gender equity, implicit bias, inclusive artificial intelligence, neurodiversity, inclusive and agile leadership, cultural competence, emotional intelligence and the multigenerational workplace, among other topics. She also provides inclusive leadership coaching.

Tammy consults with employers on designing strategic initiatives to curate equitable and inclusive workplace structures, cultures, and leaders, and on effectively navigating change management. She helps employers transform cultures by adopting equitable and inclusive practices and policies, unleashing hidden talent by managing implicit bias, and delivering innovative solutions and outcomes by maximizing unique talent. In addition to her equity, diversity, and inclusion services, she provides HR-legal compliance counseling and training, and conducts workplace investigations.

She is a self-described “sociologist with a law degree.” Before attending law school, Tammy earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Race, Class and Gender and Work, Labor and Organizations. Her research focused on both qualitative and quantitative analyses of the workplace experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTQ workers. She leverages her academic knowledge of human behavior to provide practical advice and strategic counsel to resolve issues in the workplace.

Before joining Dinsmore, Tammy practiced as in-house counsel for a national retailer, where she provided advice regarding various company-wide programs and initiatives, including its mandatory arbitration, web-based recruitment, and pay practices programs. She appeared before administrative agencies for hearings and mediations and provided counsel regarding associate relations matters, diversity and inclusion strategies, workplace investigations, and talent management programs, among other responsibilities.

Mark A. Carter
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Pre Conference Workshop - Legal Summit: An Interactive Exploration of Employment Laws - Sponsored By Dinsmore
Wednesday, Oct 19 2022 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Chair of several labor practice groups, Mark has a national practice focused on advising employers on all aspects of relationships with labor unions.

He has advised and represented employers throughout the United States in corporate campaigns, collective bargaining, arbitrations, and federal litigation involving labor unions as well as serving employers in employment litigation. He has litigated in Alaska, New Jersey, Idaho, Michigan, Alabama, and other states and has advised clients in Washington state, Puerto Rico, California, New York, Florida, the District of Columbia, and the majority of the states in the nation.

Mark has testified before the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. He is a former management chair of the Antitrust RICO and Labor Law Committee of the American Bar Association and has spoken at more than 10 annual meetings of that organization. He has also spoken for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, the Labor Policy Association and other national trade groups.

He previously served as the chairman of the Federal Service Impasses Panel upon the appointment of President Trump in July 2017. He and his colleagues resolved impasses in collective bargaining between the United States Government and unions representing federal employees. From 2002 through 2009, he served as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel upon three successive appointments by President George W. Bush.

James Reid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Pre Conference Workshop - Legal Summit: An Interactive Exploration of Employment Laws - Sponsored By Dinsmore
Wednesday, Oct 19 2022 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Whether it's representing clients or playing a game of chess with family, James goes all in strategizing and preparing for possible challenges facing his clients today and months, even years, in the future.

He counsels business owners, serial entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and human resources directors to make strategic business decisions, from hiring to firing, while complying with the ever changing and overlapping laws, including the ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and Title VII. He brings a business and proactive approach to legal matters to help employers make strategic business decisions to minimize the potential for litigation and business disruption.

Clients appreciate James' hands on approach and his ability to learn businesses and tailor his counsel to meet each client's specific needs. Because he puts his name and reputation on every product and decision, he delivers advice to his clients in a no-nonsense fashion, which enables them to make the best decisions with clear and concise guidance.

When litigation becomes necessary, he enforces restrictive covenants and defends employers against charges filed with the EEOC, state, and federal agencies. James regularly conducts audits and investigations into employers' wage and hour practices and claims of discrimination and harassment. He provides training and prepares employment documents, including employee handbooks, employment agreements, and separation agreements, to cover all aspects during the life cycle of an employee.

Giving 100 percent to everything he does, James is a renowned keynote and national speaker at conferences and events, including the American Payroll Association, SHRM, and HR Day.

Andrey Tomkiw
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Pre Conference Workshop - Legal Summit: An Interactive Exploration of Employment Laws - Sponsored By Dinsmore
Wednesday, Oct 19 2022 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Andrey focuses his practice on representing employers in labor and employment law cases, as well as in business matters. He concentrates much of his practice on assisting human resource professionals tasked with drafting and implementing policies to be fully compliant with the permutations of the ADA, FLSA and FMLA.

He counsels clients in a practical manner on how to best address the various workplace issues that arise on a daily basis, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, disability claims and requests for accommodations, substance abuse, and workplace violence. He also works with unionized clients on addressing unfair labor practice charges, implementing creative collective bargaining strategies and pension withdrawal liability.

Andrey has considerable litigation experience, including wage and hour class actions, enforcement of restrictive covenants, defense of all employment claims, and creative resolutions to shareholder disputes. He has represented clients before many state and federal agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, MDCR, UA, MiOSHA, MERC, OFCCP, the Wage & Hour Division of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Pre Conference Workshop: Leadership Summit
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