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The Business of Fashion - People and Politics (Part II): Employment Best Practices Update

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Produced on January 26, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

We always hear that people are a company's best asset. We know from experience that this is true; but they are also the greatest liability. Fashion companies are constantly vying for the best talent as the applicant pool grows limited. Employment laws are becoming more complicated each year and employers carry a greater administrative burden as time passes. This course will help you understand the laws and best practices surrounding hiring and firing, employee classification (exempt, non-exempt and independent contractor), paid vs. unpaid internships and collectively bargained employees.

Join Rania V. Sedhom, Founding Member, Sedhom Law Group PLLC, a Bespoke Law Firm ™, and John S. Ho, a member in Cozen O'Connor's labor and employment practice group, as they discuss how fashion companies can comply with employment laws while continuing to monetize their business.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Grasp employment law basics including:

    1. Hiring

    2. Firing

    3. Record-keeping

    4. Minimum Wage escalation
  2. Comprehend the changes to the NY Wage Theft Prevention Act

  3. Identify employee classifications:

    1. Exempt

    2. Non-exempt

    3. Independent contractor
  4. Gain familiarity with internships and when they can be unpaid

  5. Understand Collective Bargaining issues, including:

    1. Interview questions

    2. Background checks

    3. Driver’s licenses  

    4. Termination Do’s and Don’t’s

    5. Downsizing and restructuring

    6. Hourly Employees

    7. Salaried Employees
  6. Learn about new laws that took effect since January 1, 2016

Credit Information

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Rania V. Sedhom

Sedhom Law Group, PLLC

Rania V. Sedhom, Managing Partner of the firm, is an attorney who provides practical and efficient solutions to complex problems. Rania has extraordinary interpersonal skills that allow her to forge win-win relationships across diverse organizations and cross-functional stakeholders. She is also a skilled legal and business commentator with appearances on national print and TV media, including L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Forbes, Inc., Business Week, and CNN Money. 

 Rania is admitted to the Bars of the State of New York and New Jersey, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit. Rania attended Syracuse University College of Law, where she was Editor of The Labor Lawyer and The Digest and served as Vice-Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Prior to law school, Rania attended Columbia University where she majored in political science.

John S. Ho

Cozen O’Connor

John S. Ho exclusively represents employers and regularly handles wage and hour matters involving federal and state regulations, including the Miscellaneous Industries Wage Orders, the Hospitality Wage Order, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, as well as discrimination claims, workplace investigations and arbitrations. John has defended a wide range of employers against hybrid class and collective actions under the FLSA and the New York Labor Law. He also frequently assists companies with internal wage and hour audits, as well as Department of Labor audits, including those generated by independent contractor issues with New York unemployment filings.

As a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, John was part of a litigation team that recovered approximately $4 million under the FLSA on behalf of New York State Environmental Conservation Officers. While at the DOL, he also received a commendation from OSHA’s regional administrator for his prosecution of a discrimination complaint under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.   

John is a founding member of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute, and he frequently lectures on FLSA, OSHA and Labor Department audits. He has also taught Business and Employment Law at the Pratt Institute and the New School.

John also writes extensively on labor and employment law. He is currently the co-editor of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Electronic Newsletter. He was a contributing editor to The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2002-2005, Cumulative Supplement, published by BNA Books, and served on the editorial staff for both the 2006-2010 and 2011-2015 editions. John was also the author of “Ask the Experts” in HR Now, the publication of the New York State Society for Human Resource Management, and was co-author of the Construction Safety Software Corporation’s Monthly Safety Newsletter from 2009-2011.  

John is frequently asked to comment on labor and employment issues and has been quoted extensively in the Long Island Business News, Newsday, the Daily Labor Report and the Employment 360.


Monica G.

Although the title mentions the fashion industry, it was applicable beyond.

Phillip H.

Excellent all around.

Julie A. B.

Appreciate the resources in the supplemental materials.

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