Employment laws are continually evolving, as are employers’ obligations toward their employees. In this program, Suzanne Herrmann Brock and James La Rocca, attorneys in Gibbons P.C.’s Employment and Labor Law Department, will walk through employer obligations at every stage of the employment process, offering guidance, and practical insights to help attorneys advise employers at every turn.
Recent legislation, case law, and administrative guidance has made it increasingly challenging for employers to navigate the assortment of obligations they face. At just the beginning of the employment process, these obligations concern job posting requirements, permissible inquiries on job applications, background checks, pre-employment drug testing, and I-9 compliance. Post-hire, employers must be ready to effectively and properly manage their workforces to ensure productivity and minimize the risk of future litigation. When an employee’s time with an employer comes to an end, employers must be prepared to support any decision to involuntarily terminate employment and safeguard their assets.
Time and again, Mr. La Rocca has been a trusted advisor to employers in both the private and public sectors. He regularly represents clients in connection with legal issues involving labor unions, including in the context of union organizing and collective bargaining. Additionally, both unionized and non-unionized employers routinely call on Mr. La Rocca to aggressively represent them in litigation, including in cases involving claims of breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unfair competition, and wage/hour violations. Mr. La Rocca also provides employers with day-to-day counseling on an assortment of workplace issues to help prevent litigation in the first instance.
Mr. La Rocca has worked for clients of all sizes across a number of industries. His clients have included Fortune 50 businesses, family businesses, and everything in between, including government entities. His work has spanned the construction, education, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, legal, media, real estate, sports, telecommunications, and transportation industries.
Mr. La Rocca is a frequent speaker and writer on key developments in the labor and employment field.
Ms. Brock practices employment litigation and counseling on behalf of employers. In her litigation practice, she is a zealous advocate for her clients and routinely defends wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, violation of non-compete agreements, and wage and hour claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Brock is known for her skill in employment litigation involving complex and novel claims for emotional distress damages.
Ms. Brock is also a trusted advisor to numerous employers for whom she provides counsel and advice on all phases of the employment relationship. She focuses on employment counseling to mid-size employers undergoing rapid growth, helping them to ensure compliance with the numerous, complex, and changing employment laws of which growing employers must be cognizant.
In addition, a significant portion of Ms. Brock’s practice is representing institutions of higher education. She works with colleges and universities to defend claims brought by faculty, administrators, and students in federal and state courts and the Office of Civil Rights. Ms. Brock also assists universities in Title IX investigations, as well as training to keep them up to date on important legal changes affecting institutions of higher education.
Excellent program! And very thorough materials. Well done!
Very information and PRACTICAL. Thank you!
Very helpful course.
Definitely one of the most practical and relevant courses i've taken in the last couple of months . . .kudos to this set of presenters1
One of the best programs I have seen. Excellent!!!
Touches on a lot of good details.
super helpful practical tips
Excellent CLE, great job by the presenters.
Extremely interesting and informative.
Outstanding and informative presentation.
Good and specific information!