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Recent Developments in Employment Law: Unpaid Internships, Background Checks, Social Media & Confidentiality Requirements

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DESCRIPTION

This webinar will focus on four developing areas of the law affecting the employment relationship: employers’ use of unpaid interns; the scope of permissible criminal background checks; the use of social media by employers and employers’ counsel; and the use of employee confidentiality in internal investigations.  These areas have been a recent focus of litigants, courts, and legislatures across the country.

The webinar will inform counsel as to the legal developments in each of these areas and review in detail significant new laws and decisions.  The webinar will highlight open issues raised by the new laws and cases, and as to which further developments may be forthcoming.  Finally, the webinar will provide practice points and suggestions related to employee onboarding.

Educational Objectives:
• How to assess whether the use of unpaid internships are compliant with relevant law and regulatory guidance.
• How to review background check policies for compliance with relevant law.
• How to review social media policies for compliance with relevant law and ethics requirements.
• Understand the regulatory landscape related to employee confidentiality requirements.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Labor and employment counsel; in-house counsel; compliance professionals.


SPEAKERS

TRACY RICHELLE HIGH, PARTNER, SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLP

Ms. Tracy Richelle High is Deputy Managing Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group, and a member of both the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group and Criminal Defense and Investigations practice. A partner of the firm since 2008, Ms. High’s practice focuses on represented financial institutions and other corporations in complex civil litigation, including shareholder derivative and class action suits, arbitration and mediation proceedings, corporate internal investigations, and labor and employment matters. She has also represented clients before a variety of regulatory and prosecutorial agencies, both at the state and federal levels, as well as Congressional committees, and independent examiners appointed by court order. Ms. High is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.  She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.

 


CHRISTINA ANDERSEN, ASSOCIATE, SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLP

Ms. Christina Andersen is an Associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell.  She is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice.  She has co-authored papers on unpaid internships and employment law, informal discovery in state and federal courts, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and electronic discovery. Ms. Andersen is admitted to practice in New York. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, her M.A. from Yale University, and her B.A. from Harvard College.


RYAN ALLEN HANCOCK, OF COUNSEL, WILLIG, WILLIAMS & DAVIDSON

Mr. Ryan Allen Hancock is of counsel and chair of the Employment Law Department of Willig, Williams & Davidson. An experienced employment law attorney, Mr. Hancock is a passionate advocate for working people who have suffered discrimination in the workplace. He counsels and represents clients in matters relating to sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower actions, wrongful termination, employee benefits, overtime and wage and hour concerns, and employment agreements, including contract negotiation, non-compete agreements, and severance.  Mr. Hancock co-founded and is board chair of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and its Criminal Record Expungement Project. He also is a member of the Young Professional Advisory Board for the Bethesda Project, which provides shelter, housing, and other support to chronically homeless men and women. Mr. Hancock is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York. He earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts.