Approximately 70 million adults (1 in 3) in the United States have some sort of criminal record. Almost ninety percent of employers conduct background checks on all or some of their job applicants. Individuals with criminal records face numerous challenges and barriers when seeking employment and occupational licensure. This course will address federal, state, and local laws that protect individuals with criminal records from unfair or discriminatory practices in the employment context.
Join Susan Gross Sholinsky and Monica Welby for a discussion on these issues. Ms. Welby is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Action Center. She represents and advises individuals who have suffered discrimination because of a criminal record, drug/alcohol history, or HIV status. Ms. Sholinsky is a New York City-based member of the firm at Epstein Becker Green. She counsels clients on a variety of matters, in a practical and straightforward manner, with an eye toward reducing the possibility of employment-related claims.
Monica Welby joined the Legal Action Center’s Legal Department in November 2011. She represents and advises individuals who have suffered discrimination because of a criminal record, drug/alcohol history, or HIV status, as well as those who suffered a breach of their HIV confidentiality rights. Ms. Welby is actively involved in the Center’s development of impact litigation. She also advises and trains organizations about privacy and anti-discrimination laws protecting the Center’s constituencies. Ms. Welby was a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Committee and a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Monica Welby was a Litigation Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for five years. She also was a law clerk to the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She is a graduate of Duke University and Rutgers School of Law – Newark.
Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
Develops and audits employers' policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law and best practices
Counsels employers with respect to the avoidance of employment-related disputes, employee discipline, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, and termination of employment (including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force) Prepares employment, consulting, separation, and non-compete agreementsConducts workplace training seminars for employees, managers, and human resources personnel in a variety of industries
Performs company-wide audits pertaining to various wage and hour issues, such as appropriate classification of employees as "exempt" or "non-exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws
Counsels multinational companies on the unique labor and employment law issues they face
Promotes compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace
Represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, and employment contract cases
Ms. Sholinsky serves on the adjunct faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she teaches courses concerning human resources and the law. She also frequently speaks at events and webinars on employment law topics and authors numerous publications on employment law issues. Ms. Sholinsky is a member of the firm's Finance, Diversity & Professional Development, and Labor & Employment Steering Committees. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the firm's Women's Initiative. Ms. Sholinsky is also comanager and lefty second baseman on the firm's softball team, the EBG Bees.
Great pairing of presenters
two highly knowledgeable attorney presenters
The speakers were good.
Very good course and excellent instructors who presented the material in an excellent manner.
I learned a lot I had no idea about with respect to the protections offered.
They were both very interesting, well prepared, and had a lot of good information
I liked that two experts covered this topic.
Clear and concise overview
The presenters' enthusiasms for the subject matter was admirable.
good and informative presentation
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