Hot Topics and Trends in Employment Law

(352 Ratings)

Produced on: September 19, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 67 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

As employers know, the landscape of employment laws and compliance requirements is continually evolving, and 2017 has been no different – especially given the transition to President Trump’s administration.

In this course, Tannenbaum Helpern employment law attorneys and partners, Joseph Lockinger and Jason B. Klimpl, will address some of the key employment law trends and legislation across the country and their effects on employers, as well as best practices for compliance and adaptation. For instance, Joseph and Jason will discuss pay equity legislation and restrictions on employers during the interviewing process; minimum wage increases at the state level; wage and hour issues; regulatory actions taken by the Trump administration, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize new restrictions placed on employers when interviewing job applicants and onboarding employees
  2. Identify minimum wage increases in certain states and cities, and best practices for employers to help mitigate the risks of wage and hour disputes
  3. Understand the impact of governmental agency action under a Trump Administration
  4. Develop and implement policies and practices to help businesses adapt to trends and developments in employment law


Jason B. Klimpl

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Jason B. Klimpl is a partner in the firm's Employment, Staffing Law, and Corporate practice groups and Associate General Counsel to the New York Staffing Association. Jason advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, such as:

Equal opportunity actions and policies, including allegations and charges of discrimination or retaliation before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and policies and respectful workplace training relating to disabilities, religious accommodations, sexual harassment, and all other forms of discrimination;

Employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including drafting and reviewing employment agreements and provisions relating to bonuses, draw and commission structures, non-solicitation, non-competition, and confidentiality;

Healthcare reform implementation, including affordability and minimum value requirements, employer coverage determinations, employee status reviews, filing and notice mandates, compliance penalties, and small business tax credits;

Independent contractor and consulting issues, including drafting and reviewing consulting agreements, performing independent contractor misclassification analyses, and responding to governmental audits;

Reductions in force, including the federal WARN Act and analogous state laws, protected group termination impact analyses, separation agreements and general releases, and COBRA;

Technology and privacy concerns, including drafting and reviewing online social media policies, technology and e-mail usage policies, federal and state workplace privacy laws, off-duty conduct laws, drug-testing, background and credit checks; and

Human resource and compliance counseling, including drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, job descriptions for overtime and ADA compliance, disability and family and medical leave compliance, vacation and PTO policies, military leave laws, meal and break requirements, jury duty and voting leave, and employment application issues.

In addition, Jason has prepared numerous articles and presentations on employment matters, such as:

  • sexual harassment and workplace discrimination;
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • healthcare reform (the Affordable Care Act)
  • social media policies
  • wage and hour laws
  • independent contractor misclassification
  • the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave policies
  • workforce reductions and the WARN Act
  • governmental enforcement initiatives
  • various developments in employment law
  • staffing industry concerns

Joseph Lockinger

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

As an associate in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Employment Law practice, Joseph Lockinger works primarily on management-side employment litigation and counseling. When counseling clients on employment-related issues, Joseph works to provide the information and knowledge clients will need to navigate through the decision-making process, while mitigating their risk and ensuring that the client’s bottom line is always respected and considered. Joseph also regularly defends clients facing allegations and charges of unlawful conduct (such as discrimination, hostile work environment, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, or wage and hour violations) and he uses his extensive employment litigation experience to develop effective defense strategies for the claims asserted against his clients. He has litigated cases in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Right, and the National Labor Relations Board. Joseph also defends and provides counseling for clients facing claims brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title III (along with comparable state or local statutes). These cases typically involve allegations that barriers in public accommodations (businesses that are open to the public) impede full access for persons with disabilities.

Joseph’s clients include large businesses, non-profits, small to mid-size businesses and start-ups. He has experience working with clients in a variety of industries, such as: hospitality, financial services, professional services, staffing, and technology.


Sameer M.

Nice rundown of employment law issues and transactional practitioner issues.

Peter V.

Good banter between the presenters

Miriam W.

Excellent content & delivery!

Susan M.

Really easy to follow. Well done.

Mary E.

Nice presentation of cutting edge topics

Caroline B.

Good interesting presentation - good speakers

JoAnne P.

Excellent course. One of the best I’ve taken through Lawline. Packed full of information with good illustrations and excellent speakers

Timothy K.

Great job Joe and Jason

Michael B.

Good CLE.

Laurie L.

Excellent program.

Marc P.

Good content

Marian H.

Good speakers--interesting information

Brandan B.

Joe Lockinger and Jason Klimpl gave a very informative high level review of which new employment issues to look for! As someone who doesn't practice solely employment law, their approach to the subject was accessible and helpful.

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