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9:15–10:30 a.m.
Conducting Background Checks: Compliance Strategies and Client Support
Pamela Devata, Esq., partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Marc Freedman, Esq., partner, Law Offices of Marc D. Freedman LLC

With the proliferation of state and local laws governing when and how staffing companies may conduct and utilize background checks in the hiring and placement process, being up-to-date on the latest developments is critical to business operations. In this session, a panel of experts on this legal issue presents staffing-specific strategies that comply with the myriad laws and ordinances as well as tactics for dealing with clients who are not well-versed in the laws’ requirements.



11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
You Be the Judge: Top Staffing Cases From 2016
Panel facilitated by Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., general counsel, American Staffing Association
Panelists: Eric H. Rumbaugh, Esq., partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Donald W. Schroeder, Esq., partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

In this interactive session, leading staffing attorneys will plead their cases to you—the audience. They will present facts and arguments from some of the most important staffing litigation from the past year and let you decide the outcome. See whether your verdicts are in line with those of the courts, and learn why these cases are important for your staffing business. If you were at this highly rated session at the 2016 ASA Staffing Law Conference, join us again for all new cases!



1:30–2:45 p.m.
What to Do When the Government Comes Calling
Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq., partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Diane Geller, Esq., partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Helen L. Konrad, Esq., director, McCandlish Holton PC

Spoiling what otherwise would be a great day, your staffing coordinator has just informed you that two government inspectors have shown up at your staffing firm unannounced. Will you know what to say? What not to say? What documents to share? Learn from our panel of experts who will address staffing firms’ rights and obligations during Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission audits and investigations.



3:15–4:30 p.m.
Avoiding a Data Breach: Legalities of Electronic Recordkeeping
Cynthia Larose, Esq., member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC
Storing employment records and other related data electronically can save time and expense. However, it can also present several serious legal issues—including complying with rules about how long you must preserve the information and how to ensure its confidentiality, and fulfilling legal obligations to prevent and address data breaches. In this session, a leading expert on this topic discusses the latest legal developments affecting the staffing industry, and shares strategies your company can adopt to safeguard confidential electronic information and data.


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9–10:30 a.m.
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Client and MSP Contracts
Jim Essey, CSP, president and chief executive officer, The TemPositions Group of Cos.
Joel A. Klarreich, Esq., member, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
Steven J. Whitehead, Esq., partner, Taylor English Duma LLP

Your staffing company is on the cusp of landing a major client it’s been pursuing for some time, but one obstacle looms large: negotiating the contract. Whether it’s a client’s contract or one proffered by a managed services provider, refusing to sign indemnity, confidentiality, and other contract clauses could sink the deal—but signing could lead to significant liability. In this session, in-house attorneys from staffing firms and a leading MSP discuss strategies for resolving these issues, and will engage in a mock negotiation that will show you how to seal the deal.



11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Tracking Trump: Legal Developments Under the New Administration
Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq., general counsel, American Staffing Association
Edward A. Lenz, Esq., senior counsel, American Staffing Association
Toby Malara, Esq., government affairs counsel, American Staffing Association

From the Affordable Care Act, to overtime, to minimum wage, to joint employment, the Trump administration has promised to undo much of the labor and employment legacy of the last eight years. Hear from a panel of industry experts and Washington insiders who will cut through the rhetoric and address what will likely be in play over the next four years and the potential impact on the staffing industry.


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