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2014 KBA Employment Law CLE

10/10/2014

When: Friday, October 10, 2014
Registration - 8:30 a.m. Session - 9:00 - 3:30
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
5800 College Blvd.
Overland Park, Kansas  
Contact:
Dawn Phoenix

Phone: 785-861-8811

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Approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism in Kansas and Missouri


Course Schedule:

8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m.
Employment Case Law Update
Brent N. Coverdale,
Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin PC, KCMO
This session provides an overview of major court decisions, statutory changes, agency actions, and other updates and hot areas in employment law over the past year.

9:50 a.m.
Representing the Employee
Randall K. Rathbun,
Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer LC,  Wichita
This session will review representation of the employee from the initial interview thru the jury’s verdict.  The presentation will focus on theories of recovery in both federal and state court; preparation of the KHRC/EEOC paperwork; exhaustion of administrative remedies; filing consideration and discovery as well as trial considerations from the plaintiff’s point of view.

10:40 a.m.
Break

10:55 a.m.
Guiding Employers in the Prevention and Defense of Claims
Kurt A. Harper,
Sherwood Harper Dakan Unruh & Pratt LC, Wichita
This segment will examine the process of responding to complaints, principally in the field of discrimination, including responding to complaints before any agency action is commenced; document retention and production; dealing with agency representatives; and strategies for developing relevant defensive evidence as impacted by applicable standards of conduct.

11:45 a.m.
Lunch (on your own)

12:45 p.m.
Avoiding Costly Wage and Hour Mistakes
Ryan M. Peck,
Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy Chtd.,Wichita
Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and State wage and hour laws is the most complicated area of employment law for most employers, and the cost of making a mistake, even an innocent or unintentional one, can be extremely high for employers.  This presentation will focus on how employers can avoid common wage and hour mistakes.  

1:35 p.m.
FCRA Background Checks for Employment and Class Action Litigation
Uzo Nwonwu,
Littler Mendelson, P.C.  
Obtaining a background check for applicants and employees to determine their eligibility for employment can had ramifications under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  This presentation covers compliance with the FCRA in obtaining a consumer report for employment purposes and the impact of failing to comply with the FCRA’s requirements.

2:25 p.m.
Break

2:40 p.m.
Ethical Dilemmas Employment Lawyers Encounter
Alisa N. Ehrlich,
Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Wichita
A review of recent ethics cases, bar opinions, and high-profile examples of ethical dilemmas that lawyers may face representing companies and individuals in employment matters.  Discussion of real-life application of ethics rules will include:  Clients perpetrating fraud or false evidence, dissolving law firms,  lawyers' personal conduct leading to discipline, taking advantage of adversaries' errors, and obtaining intelligence through social media.  This interesting and  informative session will also address 2014 amendments to the KRPC.

3:30 p.m.
Adjourn

  

Brent N. Coverdale, Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin PC, KCMO

Coverdale is a partner at Scharnhorst Ast Kennard Griffin PC, where he manages the firm’s employment practice.  His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and counseling employers.  Coverdale counsels employers from international companies to small businesses on a variety of employment matters.  He has obtained successful results throughout the country at all levels of litigation, from motions to dismiss through appellate arguments in matters involving employee discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, administrative review, as well as unfair competition and covenants not to compete.

 Rndaall K. Rathbun, Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer LC,  Wichita
Rathbun has been trying cases in both federal and state court for almost 36 years.  He grew up on a farm near Ellsworth, Kansas, receiving his B.S. degree in political science from Kansas State University in 1975 and to this day he bleeds purple.  He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University in 1978.  He has been in private practice in Wichita since that time other than a stint as U.S. Attorney from 1993-1996.  Rathbun has been recognized by his peers for his expertise in environmental litigation with his listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” since the early 1990s.  He has also been recognized in Chambers “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” for his work in plaintiff’s employment and environmental law and has been selected for inclusion in the“Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers” since 2005.  Rathbun was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2002.
  
Kurt A. Harper, Sherwood Harper Dakan Unruh & Pratt LC, Wichita
Kurt Harper is a native of Wichita, Kansas.  He attended the University of Kansas, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature, followed by a juris doctorate in 1979.  He has practiced in Wichita continuously since then, emphasizing commercial litigation of many types, including employment related issues.  Kurt has been active in the Wichita Bar Association, the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, and is a member of the KBA’s Employment Law section.  He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyers.  In addition to representing litigants, Kurt also serves as a mediator, and has previous experience as an arbitrator.  
  
Ryan M. Peck, Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy Chtd.,Wichita
Peck is a partner with Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chartered.  He routinely advises employers regarding workplace issues and represents them in litigation involving both individual and class action claims.  Since 2005, Peck has co-authored the labor and employment law chapter to the Kansas Annual Survey.  In addition, he has been recognized in the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition every year since 2009 for his work in the area of labor and employment law. 
  
Uzo Nwonwu, Littler Mendelson, P.C.  
Uzo N. Nwonwu focuses her practice on counseling and litigation in all stages of the employment relationship. She has handled cases at every stage of the litigation process and has experience with cases involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and non-compete issues.  Uzo is a graduate of the Leadership Academy of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and served as a Master for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Inns of Court program. During law school, Uzo was the president of the Black Law Students Association. She was a member of the national moot court team and served on its executive board. She was also an academic enrichment teaching assistant.  Uzo is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Jackson County Bar Association.  She is also a Barrister of the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court program.
  
Alisa N. Ehrlich, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Wichita
Alisa's experience covers a broad range of employment, business and tort litigation.  Her practice focuses on defending commercial and employment disputes for businesses.  She has extensive experience drafting employment agreements and handling claims arising from restrictive covenants in employment and sale-of-business contracts.  She regularly advises corporate clients on a variety of day-to-day employment issues, policy issues, compliance and best practices, including employment and immigration self-audits and training.   Alisa is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, including employer's immigration compliance.   She has represented clients in a number of industries, including aviation, manufacturing, and oil and gas, as well as healthcare entities, and employers of all size.




 

 
 
 

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