2021 ASA Staffing Law Conference—Session Descriptions

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Every year this signature ASA event includes the nation’s leading legal experts—and this year is no exception. New in 2021: Each day of Staffing Law Conference features a Super Session—a deeper dive into a timely topic with more time for discussion. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with your staffing peers and leading employment law experts on these important topics.

Thursday, April 29

Subject to change. All times reflect the Eastern time zone.

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Super Session: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Not Just a Big Company Problem

1.0 Legal CE Hour
Cybersecurity issues have become a daily struggle for businesses big and small. The latest statistics on cybersecurity issues reveal a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile devices and social media. On top of this, the Covid-19 pandemic has created new remote workforces, opening up new entry opportunities for cyber attackers. How do you protect the data of your company and your employees? What insurance should you have? What state and federal laws do you need to be aware of? And how do you protect your information when dealing with vendors? Hear from and query an expert panel that will answer these questions and many more about how to keep your business safe.

Presenters: Threase A. Baker, TSC, CSP, president, Abbtech Professional Resources; Maureen Dry-Wasson, Esq, vice president, group general counsel, and global privacy officer, Allegis Group; Michael Jones, Esq., chief privacy officer, Randstad USA; and Robert Thompson, president, World Wide Specialty Programs Inc.

Sponsored by
ESC


1–1:30 p.m.

Breakout Discussion Groups – Negotiating Client Contracts

A perennial issue for staffing agencies is how to push back against clients’ unreasonable contract demands. Among others, indemnification, HIPAA, and, increasingly, privacy, are contentious issues. Discuss with your staffing agency colleagues negotiating strategy, how to get to yes, and areas of greatest potential contractual liability.


1:30–1:45 p.m.
Break


1:45–2:45 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence and Onboarding: Tools That Make Staffing Easier, or Legal Minefield?

1.0 Legal CE Hour
Robotic process automation, a software system that can automate recruiting, onboarding, performance evaluations, compliance trainings, and more, is becoming increasingly common in the workplace. What tools are out there that can help your staffing firm stay competitive, streamline operations, and engage more effectively with talent while steering clear of legal thorns? Hear from a panel of AI experts who have the legal expertise to help guide your firm’s onboarding strategy going forward.

Presenters: James A. Essey, CSP, president and CEO, TemPositions Group of Cos.; Jason B. Klimpl, Esq., partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP; Niloy Ray, Esq., shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC

Sponsored by
Avionte


2:45–3:15 p.m.

Breakout Discussion Groups – Diversity Efforts in Hiring

The legalities of diversity in hiring can be complex, and not all practices to enhance diversity may be lawful. At the same time, clients may request diversity information with respect to candidates and temporary employees, as well as affirmative action plans. Discuss with your colleagues the attendant legal issues and how to address them with clients.


3:15–3:30 p.m.
Break


3:30–4:30 p.m.

Immigration Reform and Enforcement: What Staffing Firms Can Expect in the Next Four Years

1.0 Legal CE Hour
The enforcement of immigration laws over the past four years has escalated and staffing firms have been in the bullseye of enforcement agency activities. Now, with changes taking place in Washington, DC, find out how that will affect immigration reform and enforcement for employers. Hear from leading experts about what will likely change for your business operations and what can’t change over the next four years. Get the latest information on the status of virtual I-9s—and whether there is any hope that they’re here to stay—and how to navigate the latest immigration rules to avoid fines and protect your company.

Presenters: Jill Hulsizer, Esq., general counsel, AB Staffing Solutions LLC; Helen L. Konrad, Esq., director, immigration practice group, McCandlish Holton PC; Agape Ogbonda, Esq., legal counsel, Airswift

Sponsored by
HireTech


4:30–5 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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Event registration sponsored by
THSH

Friday, April 30

Subject to change. All times reflect the Eastern time zone.

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Super Session: Workplace Safety and Vaccine Programs in a Postpandemic World

1.0 Legal CE Hour
While Covid-19 vaccines should mean staffing firms have less to worry about, in fact, 2021 brings new legal and operational issues to replace those 2020 headaches. Workplace safety requirements are evolving with new state safety and health mandates, and changes in the White House and government agency leadership will mean new enforcement approaches by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workplace vaccine programs raise workers’ compensation and employer liability issues as well as wage and hour and equal opportunity concerns. Add to that clients with varying approaches to all of the above, and staffing firms are left with “new normalitis.” Hear from experts who will help your staffing firm navigate changes, stay compliant, and keep your business healthy going forward.

Presenters: J. Scott Bicksler, lead safety manager, Aerotek; Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq., partner, labor and employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Sponsored by
World Wide


1–1:30 p.m.

Breakout Discussion Groups – Return to Work Issues Post-Covid-19

As COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, staffing agencies must determine whether they will make vaccinations mandatory, offer incentives for vaccination, require clients to vaccinate temporary workers, or impose new safety measures. During this breakout discussion, learn and share with your colleagues how staffing agencies and clients are addressing return to work legal considerations.


1:30–1:45 p.m.
Break


1:45–2:30 p.m.

The “American Rescue Plan”—What Does It Mean for Staffing Firms?

.75 Legal CE Hours
Staffing firms could face major cost increases under the sweeping $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package which President Biden signed into law March 11. The plan re-enacts the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, expands the reasons for FFCRA paid sick leave, extends its related tax credits, and increases the length of paid family and medical leave. It also extends federal unemployment insurance benefits and expands eligibility for premium tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, which could increase tax penalties for some staffing firms. Find out what’s at stake for your company.

Presenter: Brandon C. Roman, Esq., senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Sponsored by
ESC


2:30–3 p.m.

Breakout Discussion Groups – Return to Work Issues Post-Covid-19

During this session, discuss how enhanced unemployment insurance benefits have affected your temporary workers and your ability to attract candidates; and how FFCRA, COBRA, ERTC and other compliance issues have affected your business.


3–3:15 p.m.
Break


3:15-4:15 p.m.

The Most Entertaining Game Show Ever: Staffing Law Edition

1.0 Legal CE Hour
If you’ve ever attended Staffing World®, then you’ve likely enjoyed a lively game show-style session presented by the ASA legal team. Featuring important legal questions, video clues, and prizes, this Staffing Law edition of the Most Entertaining Game Show Ever is designed to maximize learning and interaction and provide some fun and friendly competition focused on important staffing law topics for your company.

Presenters: Stephen Dwyer, Esq., SVP and chief legal and operating officer, ASA; Ed Lenz, Esq., senior counsel, ASA; Toby Malara, Esq., government relations counsel, ASA; Brittany Sakata, Esq., associate general counsel, ASA

Sponsored by
Anthem


4:15–4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks


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