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Your Form I-9 Practices Under a Magnifying Glass: Immigration Enforcement and Staffing Companies

Helen L. Konrad, Esq., director, McCandlish Holton PC and Liza Zamd, Esq., senior trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, civil rights division, immigrant and employee rights section

Given the millions of workers employed by U.S. staffing companies—17 million temporary and contract employees in the past year—the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice has had several recent settlements with staffing agencies. When conducting its investigations, IER focuses on citizenship discrimination and unfair documentary practices. In this session, a leading government attorney will explain why and how the Justice Department investigates companies, and a leading immigration attorney will offer approaches that can help protect your company now—before DOJ reviews your Forms I-9.


Test Your Legal Knowledge: How a Multistate Mishmash Affects Staffing Operations

Katharine Beattie, Esq., member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo PC; Jason B. Klimpl, Esq., partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP; and Robert T. Szyba, Esq., partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Staffing companies operating in multiple states must comply with a veritable patchwork quilt of laws—including background checks, paid sick leave, workplace harassment, discrimination, and more. Given the range of compliance requirements that vary from state to state, how can staffing companies effectively and strategically maintain smooth operations that support growth? In this interactive session, attendees will be quizzed on the nuances of federal, state, and local employment laws to help frame a targeted discussion. Panelists will lead the discussion, explain the differences in the laws, and explore the feasibility of a one-size-fits-all compliance policy.


Breakout Sessions: Strategies for Maximizing Your Attorney ROI

Dana R. Baughns, Esq., vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Aerotek Inc.; Diana R. Karabelas, Esq., general counsel, Advanced Group; Erin Stewart, Esq., TSC, CSP, general counsel, Pinnacle Group; Monte Block, CEO, Rotator Staffing Services Inc.; Jonathan Klorfein, CSP, chief customer officer, Labor Finders International Inc.; and Jon Neff, co-founder and chief operating officer, Hire Dynamics

Are you getting the maximum value and expertise you need from your lawyer or team of lawyers? During this session, attendees will split into two groups in adjacent rooms:

Those who have in-house counsel will hear from a panel of leading industry attorneys on how to effectively evaluate and mitigate risk, allocate resources, and ensure compliance with the increasingly complex and ever-changing legal landscape.

Those without in-house counsel will hear from a panel of industry executives who will share strategies for keeping up with legal developments and compliance issues; how and when to choose outside counsel; and when it might be time to bring a lawyer in house.


The Next Big Thing$ You Have to Worry About—Data Breaches and Ransomware

Devon Ackerman, managing director, cyber risk, and head of incident response, North America, Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps LLC; Pat Haggerty, Esq., partner, BakerHostetler LLP

As if paid leave, harassment, discrimination, and other thorny legal matters weren’t enough, staffing companies also must worry about phishing, ransomware, and other nefarious schemes that lead to data breaches and corruption, blackmail, and significant financial exposure. In this session, an expert team of lawyers, incident response negotiators, and forensic experts who have worked with leading staffing companies that have suffered attacks, will advise attendees about what to do right now, before an attack happens, how to act quickly and prudently if an attack occurs, and what to do to prevent future attacks.


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Special Session With Charlie Cook: How the 2020 Elections Could Affect Business

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher, Cook Political Report

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections, Cook is the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report as well as a highly regarded political analyst for the National Journal Group and NBC News. In this special session, Cook will use poll numbers, economic indicators, historical data, wit, and humor to examine the upcoming presidential and congressional elections, forecast the fortunes of each party in a balanced, nonpartisan manner, and offer strategic insights on what the outcomes could mean for the business community. Cook has received rave reviews from past attendees of the ASA Staffing Law Conference—you don’t want to miss this insightful session.


You Be the Judge: Top Staffing Cases From 2019

Eric H. Rumbaugh, Esq., partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Donald W. Schroeder, Esq., partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Back by popular demand—but honed for maximum value to participants—this interactive session features leading staffing company attorneys who will argue their cases. Then, it’s up to you and your fellow participants to decide who’s right. Lawyers will present facts and legal arguments from some of the most important staffing litigation from the past year. Will your verdicts agree with those of the courts? A valuable experience for seasoned attorneys as well as staffing professionals sharpening their legal acumen, this session delivers targeted takeaways for staffing companies. If you were at this highly rated session last year, come back to hear all new cases!


Breaking Bud: Compliance, Safety Issues, and New Business

Sofia Bowden, director of compliance, ASGN; Diane J. Geller, Esq., partner, Fox Rothschild LLP; and Joanna S. Monroe, Esq., president and chief executive officer, Consult JSM; Brittany Sakata, Esq., associate general counsel, American Staffing Association

There’s sure to be a lot of buzz about this session, led by a panel of marijuana-in-the-workplace experts who will discuss critical areas of legal concern for staffing companies. These include complying with the constantly emerging and changing marijuana-related laws affecting employers and their workers; implementing and tracking issues affecting workplace safety and employer liability; and assessing risk and opportunities related to servicing clients in the marijuana industry. Don’t miss this lively discussion on an increasingly complicated topic, especially for staffing companies.


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