Changing Currents in Employment Law

November 2, 2017

Changing Currents faculty

On October 24 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program brought together knowledgeable attorneys from both the employee and employer side of the bar in an engaging discussion of some of the year’s hottest trends in employment law. 

Tackling the "Elephant (and the Donkey) in the Room," Kara Ariail of Holland & Knight LLP and Noah Peters of Bailey & Ehrenberg PLLC discussed the different protections afforded to employees—private and federal—in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland with regard to political speech and political conduct. 

Speakers Carla Brown, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown PC, and Carter DeLorme, Jones Day, engaged in lively debate about the current state of sexual orientation case law, arguing whether and how sexual orientation is a protected class under Title VII. 

In another timely topic, Nat Calamis of Carr Maloney PC and Jonathan Tycko of Tycko & Zavareei, shared if and how they have changed the way they counsel their clients with whistleblower claims under the current Trump administration. 

Susan Andorfer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Michelle Bercovici, Alden Law Group PLLC, provided updates and insight into some of the new agency employment guidance under the new administration, the do’s and don’ts for federal agencies when it comes to employment issues, and how each is counseling their client to work within the confines of the new guidance. 

During the course, Morris Fischer, Morris E. Fischer LLP, and John Remy, Jackson Lewis PC, also walked through a real-world fact pattern of a sexual harassment claim brought by a contractor, and how each side counsels their clients differently based on the employer versus contractor relationship. 

Once again, the popular "Changing Currents in Employment Law" honed in on the most relevant issues affecting practitioners this year, engaging participants with informative and interactive discussions!